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New OSHA Website Works to Prevent Backover Incidents in Construction

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70 workers died in 2011 after being struck by a backing vehicle. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a new Preventing Backovers webpage that provides information about the hazards of backovers; solutions that can reduce the risk or frequency of these incidents; articles and resources; and references to existing regulations and letters of interpretation.

FMCSA Implements Improvements to its Safety Measurement System

On December 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented 11 changes meant to improve its Safety Measurement System (SMS). FMCSA said the changes, developed over several months with feedback from the public and stakeholders throughout the industry, will enhance the agency’s ability to identify and take action against trucks and buses with safety and compliance concerns.

New Research on CSA Evaluates Industry Operational Impacts

On December 4, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released an analysis of operational impacts on business and carrier supply chains that have occurred since the full rollout of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program in December 2010.

VDOT Meetings to Provide Update on Proposal to Begin I-95 Tolls

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold three meetings to update truckers, local officials and other interested parties concerning the latest proposal to improve Interstate 95 in Virginia, which includes a potential tolling location in Sussex County. Revenue from toll collections would be a funding source to help pay for improvements such as rehabilitating aging bridges, pavements and other needs. Toll revenues raised at the Sussex County location would go toward I-95 improvements south of Richmond. The meetings will be held in the following locations:

SC&RA Symposium Session to Address Trucking’s Number One Issue: CSA

Almost two years after nationwide deployment of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, it now ranks as the number one issue of concern for more than 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders surveyed by the American Transportation Research Institute. As part of SC&RA’s ongoing efforts to address the industry’s most pressing concerns, the SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, Orlando, Fla., will feature a session titled “Protecting Your Revenue Base — the Business Aspect of CSA.”

Specialized Transportation Symposium Exhibit Center Expected to Sell out Soon

Booths continue to sell at a brisk pace for the Specialized Transportation Symposium Exhibit Center on February 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only six of 35 booths remain available, and the rest are expecting to be reserved very soon. Helping to keep hundreds of Symposium attendees fully engaged throughout the three hours will be the variety of specialized products and services being promoted at booths, drawings for cash prizes and an iPad, and a buffet lunch for attendees. 

SC&RA Offers Final Two Sponsorship Opportunities

SC&RA is pleased to announce that nearly all of the sponsorship opportunities for the Association’s main events in 2013 have already been sold. SC&RA expects the remaining high-profile opportunities, both Annual Conference sponsorships, to go quickly. Sign up soon for:

Deadline Nears for January Board & Committee Meetings

December 7 is the last day to save $50 per registration and to secure a guaranteed space in SC&RA’s Group Room Block for the January Board & Committee Meetings, January 6-9, at the Hyatt Regency Curacao, Dutch Caribbean. After that date, requests will be filled on a space and rate available basis only. During the meetings, which are open to all members, SC&RA’s Board and committees will make significant decisions to shape SC&RA’s actions for 2013 and beyond.

Register Now for Two Free Webinars in December

In keeping with the holiday spirit, SC&RA is offering two free webinars for members and non-members in December:

Foundation Encourages 2013-2014 Scholarship and Grant Applications

Many high school students and their parents are in the process of figuring out their top college choices – and how to pay for them. The SC&R Foundation may be able to help through its 2013-2014 scholarship and grant program.