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Trucking Risk Advisor

Trucking Risk Advisor

February 2019

 

This month's Trucking Risk Advisor newsletter looks at new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and an FMCSA waiver that allows drivers to replace sideview mirrors with the MirrorEye camera system.

LABOR STATISTICS SHOW MOST COMMON TRUCKING INJURIES

Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that sprains, strains and tears are the most common employee injuries that result in lost productivity. And, while most employees with these injuries need to take time to recover or return to work on light duty, truckers are forced to take days away from work.

Commercial drivers can get injuries from loading and unloading operations, vehicle collisions, falls and more. Also, truckers don’t have easy access to reduced work duties on the road, and sometimes have to continue driving after an injury.

All injuries are costly for drivers and motor carriers, especially as the demand for trucking capacity continues to rise. Additionally, the increasing number of vehicles on the road is leading to more accidents.

The best way to protect drivers and commercial fleets is to establish a comprehensive injury prevention plan and driver safety policies. Call (208) 672-6180 today to protect your employees both on and off the road.

FMCSA ISSUES WAIVER TO USE CAMERA-BASED SYSTEMS

While drivers rely on sideview mirrors to stay aware of surrounding traffic, these devices can also create drag that lowers fuel efficiency and limits viewing angles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

(FMCSA) has continued to monitor the development of camera-based surveillance systems, and the agency recently granted a waiver that lets drivers use Stoneridge’s MirrorEye product.

MirrorEye and other camera systems feature multiple, internally wired lenses to give drivers a wide range of viewing angles and blind spots around commercial vehicles. The cameras also include a number of safety features:

  • Aerodynamic designs to cut down on air drag
  • Nighttime viewing options
  • Redundant systems to reduce the chance of a malfunction
  • Ergonomic monitors to reduce neck strain
  • Special coatings that resist rain, moisture and ice

In its waiver, the FMCSA stated that camera systems can lead to a level of safety equal to or greater than traditional mirrors. The agency also noted that the MirrorEye system has been used in Europe since 2016.

The waiver will last for five years, but industry experts believe that the FMCSA will introduce formal regulations on camera systems before the expiration date. For more information, view the full waiver on the FMCSA’s website.