Commercial truck drivers could be incorrectly reporting their symptoms of sleep apnea due to their fears of endangering their employment, according to results of research presented September 1 at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Vienna, Austria.The study included 37 people who were commercial vehicle drivers, as well as 74 non-commercial vehicle drivers. All of the study participants had sleep apnea and they all had similar body mass indexes, age, and sleep disturbances.
Effective November 1, the Arizona Department of Public Safety will increase rates for oversized load escorts to $61.40 per hour per officer to reflect changes in officers’ salaries and other required employee related expenses since the last adjustment. The vehicle reimbursement rate for oversized load escorts will remain unchanged at 44.5 cents per mile per vehicle. If you have questions, please call Lisa Reyna at (602) 223-2816 or Brandy Reissner at (602) 223-2855.
The annualized turnover rate for line-haul truckload fleets of all sizes surged in the second quarter with turnover at large fleets breaking the 100 percent barrier for the first time in more than four years, according to the quarterly Trucking Activity Report released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) on September 12.
The Maryland House Travel Plaza on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore closed on September 15 for at least a year for renovations. The rest stop is believed to be the busiest in the United States. Truck parking in Harford County will be extremely limited because of the closure, and truck drivers will need to use locations in Cecil County, including the Chesapeake House, the Perryville Weigh Station and privately owned facilities along I-95.
The SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 19-21, at the Marriott Louisville (Ky.) Downtown will get down to important business right away with three Crane & Rigging Group Committee Meetings prior to the opening educational session. On Wednesday, September 19, all attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings of the:
Ben Shaw, Partner for SE10, one of a handful of public relations firms specializing in the construction industry, will present SC&RA’s next webinar, September 18 at noon EDT. In this one hour session, participants will gain an understanding of what makes a good story, how to write that story, and best ways to communicate it externally and internally. The webinar will also delve into various media tools that every company in the industry will find useful, plus explain why videos and images are so important.
Small Business Roundtable Tackles OSHA’s Final Cranes and Derricks in Construction – Crane Operator Certification Requirements --- “Type and Capacity” Issue
In coordination with the North Carolina Trucking Association, SC&RA members and staff met with NC permit officials to discuss opportunities for the state officials and industry to effect positive changes to improve safety, and make it easier to move over-dimensional loads in the state. The meeting was hosted by Jim and David Yarbrough of Yarbrough Transfer Company in Winston-Salem.
Tammy Denning and Kevin Lacy of NCDOT gave an excellent overview of changes enacted by NC this past regulatory session.
Melissa Tobler, RN BSN, Vice President, Health Strategies, National Practice Leader, Hays Companies, will deliver a presentation titled “Wellness Programs & Strategies in Our Industry—Seriously” during the SC&RA Financial, Insurance & Risk Management Forum, November 14-15, at the Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, Fla. During this session, she will share valuable information on understanding the needs within a workforce, evaluating health insurance costs and trends, planning wellness programs and evaluating program data.