Government, Business, Safety

OSHA Formally Withdraws Its COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Supreme Court Supreme Court building by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is formally withdrawing its emergency temporary standard requiring large companies to require their employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the agency announced Jan. 25.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 25, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Vaccine Mandate Likely Defeated Following Supreme Court Stay

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While the U.S. Supreme Court has remanded the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test law for large businesses back to a lower court, trucking industry experts said the high court’s action likely spells defeat for the proposal.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2022
Government, Business

Biden Administration Asks Court to Allow Vaccine Mandate

President Joe Biden President Joe Biden (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

The Biden administration on Nov. 23 asked a federal court to let it move ahead with a workplace rule that would require employees at larger companies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing.

Geoff Mulvihill | Associated Press
November 23, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Warns Vaccine Mandate Could Worsen Supply Chain Troubles

Trucks parked at a truck stop ATA says it supports vaccinations, but fears a mandate would exacerbate the supply chain crisis. (Bim/Getty Images)

American Trucking Associations has sent a letter to the Biden administration expressing “grave concern” over the potential damage that the president’s plans for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many businesses — including trucking companies — could cause for the country.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 21, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Tesla Factory Injuries Idled Workers Three Times as Much in 2018

Tesla Tesla car in production at the Fremont, Calif., plant. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. factory employees spent almost three times as many days off the job because of work-related injuries and illness in 2018 as the year before, an indication of just how much strain they were under as they manufactured electric cars at scale for the first time.

March 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

New Mexico Committed to Reversing Trend of Workplace Fatalities

Car entering highway work zone A highway work zone in Bernalillo, N.M. (Susan Montoya Bryan/AP)

In 2016, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available nationally, 41 individuals were killed in work-related incidents in New Mexico.

Marie C. Baca | Albuquerque Journal
August 27, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

OSHA Conducts First of Several Hearings on Whistleblower Protections

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Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had scheduled a two-hour public hearing June 12 for trucking and rail industry stakeholders to disclose issues facing the agency’s whistleblower protection program — but the hearing only lasted an hour.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 14, 2018
Government, Safety

Transportation Industry Asks OSHA for Whistleblower Improvements

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Raising awareness of OSHA’s whistleblower rules would improve the agency’s enforcement of laws banning retaliation against employees in the rail and trucking industries, business and worker representatives said.

Bruce Rolfsen | Bloomberg News
June 13, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FedEx ‘Brain Coach’ Scott Mugno Nominated for OSHA Post

'Brain coach' Scott Mugno with FedEx drivers Mugno, right, and Fed Ex drivers courtesy of Jennifer Wade/FedEx Ground

Scott Mugno, the behind-the-scenes coach credited with much of the success of FedEx drivers at the National Truck Driving Championships and for FedEx’s safety record overall, has been nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

October 27, 2017

OSHA Orders Central Transport to Improve Safety

Trucking freight company Central Transport has been ordered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve safety after finding hazards that could crush and injure workers.

Jim Shay | Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)
December 12, 2016