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Truck safety in the age of information.
Trucking in the Age of Information. Belman D, White III C, eds., Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2005 Jan; :247-268
It is near dusk. An 80,000 pound tractor-trailer on a limited-access interstate makes an ascending left turn while climbing a grade in hilly terrain. The driver has been traveling all day and must maintain the maximum legal speed to reach the terminal before exceeding Federal Hours of Service Regulations. To maintain speed, the driver is forced to downshift repeatedly as the truck loses momentum on the rising grade. A call from dispatch flashes on the internal monitor. The setting sun flashes across the windshield, briefly obsuring vision, as the vehicle moves in and out of the shadows of the higher-elevation foothills. While the driver reflexively reaches for his sunglasses, a low-fuel light comes on. The truck builds up speed to climb the next rise. The road ahead curves more sharply as the truck rapidly approaches a turn that overloads the outside wheels. Over that rise, not yet visible, is a disaster in the making: Twelve car lengths ahead, an older van with weak rear lights and a nearly flat tire is struggling up the grade, at well below the minimum legal speed. Under a traditional scenario, the tractor-trailer would have struck the van in the next minute at best causing vehicular damage, at worst, losing lives.
Trucking; Truck-drivers; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Accident-potential; Accident-analysis; Drivers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research
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Belman-D; White-C III.
Trucking in the Age of Information
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division