Public Works


  • Autonomous Railroads? FRA Seeks Input

    Among the questions the agency asks are what are the safety and security issues raised by automation in railroad operations at public and private at-grade highway-rail crossings, and to what extent should DOT coordinate with state or local governmental entities on certain safety or security issues.

  • GAO Recommends Eliminating Coal Mine Operators' Self-Bonding

    GAO found that state agencies and OSMRE report they hold approximately $10.2 billion in surety bonds, collateral bonds, and self-bonds as financial assurances for coal mine reclamation. The stakeholders GAO interviewed identified several challenges OSMRE and state agencies face in managing financial assurances, citing industry bankruptcies and lower coal demand.

  • New Oregon Law Clarifies Hit and Run Driver's Responsibilities

    Failing to perform the duties of a driver involved in a motor vehicle crash can result in felony charges, the Oregon Department of Transportation warns.

  • Polaris Industries Paying $27.25 Million Civil Penalty

    CPSC reported that between December 2013 and July 2016, Polaris received 36 reports of fires associated with its model year 2014 Rangers and made two design changes to the vehicle to prevent the heat shield from becoming loose and falling off.

  • A Guide to Safety Footwear Regulations

    Good shoes make better employees.

  • Report Warns Some States Falling Behind on Electrical Safety

    NFPA noted that from 2010 to 2014, an annual average of more than 61,000 fires in the United States were attributed to electrical failures or malfunctions, causing more than $2 billion in losses and killing an average of 432 people each year.

  • Urgent NTSB Safety Recommendation Follows Liberty Helicopters Crash

    The agency's March 19 recommendation seeks an FAA ban on flights using unsafe passenger harness systems.

  • BSEE Launches Risk-Based Inspection Program

    The first ones, taking place this month, will focus on crane operations of Gulf of Mexico operations. "We developed this program to address areas where trends in compliance and incident data suggest the potential for imminent safety concerns," said Jason Mathews, chief of BSEE's Gulf of Mexico Region Safety Management Office.

  • California's Housekeepers Ergonomics Standard Takes Effect July 1

    The regulation requires employers in the hotel and lodging industry to implement and maintain an effective Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program so employees won't be hurt from tasks such as lifting mattresses, pulling linens, pushing heavy carts, and slipping, tripping, or falling while cleaning bathrooms.

  • Is America's Hazmat in Good Hands?

    Yes, for now. But the world will need a new crop of dedicated dangerous goods professionals to ensure hazmat reaches its destination, safely and on time.