A 33-year-old construction worker who was killed September 17th when he was struck by a semi-truck in an Interstate 55 construction zone became the 22nd person - and third construction worker - to die in a work zone crash this year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The post-crash investigation resulted in the driver being ticketed for failing to stop in a construction area, making an improper turn and disobeying a traffic control device. This latest incident spotlights a serious problem on Illinois highways: the extreme indifference of some drivers to the heightened standard of safety and awareness required when driving through a construction work zone.
According to estimates made by the National Safety Council (NSC), fatal and non-fatal unintended injuries have a surprisingly large economic impact on a national scale, an impact that the NSC says underscores the importance prevention work.
At this year's Sleep Apnea and Trucking Conference, held on May 11-12 in Baltimore, Don Osterberg, vice president of safety and driver training for Green Bay, Wisconsin-based trucking company Schneider National, was presented with the first-ever Distinguished Safety Leadership award, which was created by the Truck Safety Coalition. Osterberg's receipt of the award was an unexpected moment for two reasons, namely because of his company's history of involvement in fatal trucking crashes, and also because of who presented Osterberg with the award itself: the daughter that William Badger was on his way to meet when he was killed in a crash involving one of Osterberg's semi-trucks.
Mexico's Consulate General in Chicago has signed an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to foster a partnership aimed at providing Mexican and Latino workers in Illinois and Wisconsin with access to training, education and resources that seek to both protect workers' rights and advance health and safety in the workplace.
On May 5, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Wisconsin had become the 25th state in the U.S. to ban texting while driving, calling distracted driving "an epidemic" responsible for killing and injuring thousands of people every year. That statistic is a very unfortunate reality for the family of Anita Zaffke, the 56-year-old woman killed on May 2, 2009, when she was rear-ended on her motorcycle by Lora Hunt, who admitted to painting her fingernails while driving prior to hitting Zaffke near Lake Zurich, Illinois. LaHood's announcement of Wisconsin's driver texting ban came just one day before a Lake County jury found Hunt guilty of reckless homicide on May 6.
President Barack Obama, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), proclaimed April 28, 2010 to be Worker's Memorial Day to celebrate and preserve the memory "of those who have been killed due to unsafe working conditions." This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, as well as the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.
Three different companies in Wisconsin were hit with proposed fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during the months of March and April for alleged violations of federal workplace health and safety regulations.
On April 6, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its findings in the investigation into the fatal, September 19, 2008 plane crash of a chartered, Bombardier Learjet at South Carolina's Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The jet, carrying 6 people on board, was operated by Global Exec Aviation and was destined for Van Nuys, California, when it overran the runway, crashing through a perimeter fence and crossing a roadway before coming to a berm and bursting into flames. The captain, first officer and two passengers died in the crash; the two survivors, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity DJ Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein escaped the fiery crash but were critically wounded.
The company involved in the fatal, March 5 bus crash outside of Phoenix, Arizona had been denied passenger carrier operating authority in April, 2009, but continued to operate anyways, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Pursuant to an emergency request by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Tierra Santa, Inc., was ordered on March 6 by the United States District Court for the Central District of California to cease all passenger carrier services-even though the company's application to conduct such services had been officially denied by the USDOT on December 14, 2009. According to the FMCSA complaint, Tierra Santa's owner, Cayetano Martinez, operated other entities that had previously been shut down, yet attempted to "reincarnate himself as a new carrier" only to be denied authorization once more in December, 2009. The complaint further states that "Martinez has shown a persistency and determination to continue operating under new entities and businesses," a pattern that is "without authority and without regard for the safety of its passengers" according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
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