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Research Finds ‘Culture’ Changes, New Technology Improve Safety for Motor Carriers

Commercial motor carriers that committed to a strong safety culture and installed advanced safety technology were able to reduce vehicle crashes by as much as 75%, according to a new study by researchers with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The …

Things to Know about Last Week’s California Cliff Collapse

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Three family members enjoying a day at a San Diego area beach were killed Friday when a huge slab of the cliff above them plunged onto the sand. The collapse has raised questions about the stability of …

YouTube Star’s Death Renews Concerns About E-Scooters’ Safety

A YouTube star’s death on an electric scooter may renew safety concerns as scooter companies aggressively seek to expand their presence as “alternative transportation.” Emily Hartridge, a television presenter who made videos about fitness and mental health, died after her …

GM Recalls 368,000 Larger Duty Trucks for Fire Risks

WASHINGTON — General Motors Co said Friday it is recalling 368,000 medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks equipped with engine-block heaters for fire risks after 19 reports of fires. The recall covers some 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, …

In Avalanche Education, New Focus on Human Factors

As more people are heading into the backcountry, avalanche educators say they’re finding new ways to help recreationists stay alive in avalanche terrain. Where backcountry safety education once stressed the mechanics of avalanches and snow science, training courses now incorporate …

Super Bowl Scores High in Safety

The National Football League isn’t taking safety for granted at this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The NFL’s security team said that screening at Lucas Oil Stadium will be significantly heightened for the game and has advised spectators to …

Rhode Island Shuts Down Uninspected Elevators

Safety officials in Rhode Island have shut down four elevators as part of an effort to ensure building owners meet inspection requirements. The state’s Department of Labor and Training reviewed inspection records this fall and determined that the annual checks …

Lax Safety Cited in Deadly Hospital Fire in India

A private hospital in eastern India where dozens of people died in a massive fire failed to update its safety procedures despite being ordered to do so months ago, officials said Saturday. Most of the victims died in their beds …

New York City School Bus Drivers Won’t Strike During Holiday Season

New York City school bus drivers say that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s warning that they might strike any day was a false alarm. The drivers’ union issued a letter to parents Tuesday saying drivers wouldn’t strike during the holiday season. Union …

Federal Agency to Hold Hearing on Air Shows, Races

A federal hearing will examine the safety of air races and air shows after a horrific crash killed 11 people and injured more than 70 at an event in Reno. The hearing announced Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board …