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OSHA Orders Reinstatement and Back Pay in Two “AIR21” Whistleblower Cases Against Air Carriers

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act affords protection to employees from being discriminated against or retaliated against for engaging in protected activities, such as making complaints to their employers...more

Upcoming meeting signals the growing role of federal regulators over IoT and product safety

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host a hearing on May 16, 2018 on potential safety hazards associated with internet-connected consumer products....more

Diisocyanate Storage Tank Systems: American Chemistry Council Guidelines (March 2018)

The American Chemistry Council (“ACC”) issued a March 2018 document titled: Guidelines for Diisocyanate Storage Tank Systems (“Guidelines”) ...more

The First Self-Driving Death - Mitigating Risks, Regulatory Update and a Tale of Two States

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California’s regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles went into effect last week. ...more

Autonomous Vehicle Updates from California Congress and NHTSA

California: The California Department of Motor Vehicles has released final regulations governing the testing and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 vehicles on the Golden State's public roads. ...more

Will Fewer Truck Inspections in Illinois Impact Safety?

by Howard Ankin on

According to a new state law that took effect January 1, 2018, trucks that operate solely in Illinois will now only be required to undergo one yearly state safety inspection instead of two, and although annual safety...more

Drive Much? NIOSH Focus On Workplace Safety For Employees Who Drive For Their Job

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its results from a study conducted in 2016 and 2017 that looked at safety programs developed to prevent motor vehicle...more

What is a VSSR? Is your company prepared for it?

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Unfortunately, most employers don’t know a lot about a Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) until one is filed against them by an injured employee....more

Fatal Accident Put Autonomous Vehicle Programs Under Scrutiny

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

High profile accidents related to autonomous vehicles are impacting the planned expansion of existing autonomous vehicle pilot programs. In 2016, a driver in Florida died while using autopilot mode on his vehicle...more

Self Driving Cars and Personal Injury Law: What You Need to Know

by The Roth Firm on

New Legislation Regarding Self-Driving Cars - A Vision for Safety 2.0 - Federal Automated Vehicles Policy - SELF Driving Act - American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technology Act (AV...more

What Makes These the Five Safest Cars on Chicago’s Roads?

by Howard Ankin on

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) who studies auto fatality rates, 15 passenger cars and SUV models have recently been reported as the safest cars on the road today. ...more

Roads of the Future Today

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Across the nation, companies from Waymo and Uber to General Motors, Ford and Audi are putting self-driving vehicles to real-world road tests – with more than 40 companies testing on California roads alone. Originally...more

Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed...more

Summary of Congressional Hearing: “The State of Aviation Safety” Part II

by LeClairRyan on

In Part I of this post, we summarized the statements of Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and FAA and NASA witnesses at the February 27 hearing on “The State of Aviation Safety” conducted by the Subcommittee on Aviation of the...more

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans...more

NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The closing years of the Obama administration saw a whirlwind of regulatory activity from NHTSA, including multiple consent orders, record penalties, and soaring recall numbers. The more aggressive enforcement posture, hailed...more

Kansas State Offers UAS Training for First Responders

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus began working with law enforcement partners in the area to offer a training course specifically targeted for first responders seeking to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones)...more

The State of Aviation Safety and Congress: Part I

by LeClairRyan on

The Subcommittee on Aviation of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a February 27 hearing on the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS), including progress made...more

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft,...more

Railroads on Track To Miss Positive Train Control Deadline

Need for Positive Train Control is Past Due - The deadline for installing and implementing positive train control, known as PTC, is Dec. 31, 2018. It likely will come and go, with a majority of the country’s railways...more

CPSC Sues Britax over Stroller Wheel Detachments

On Friday, February 16, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that it had voted 3-1 (along party lines) to authorize CPSC staff to file an administrative complaint against Britax Child Safety, Inc.,...more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 2

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is part two of the review of our survey released in October 2017. The survey feedback suggests that many automotive and technology companies are already forging ahead despite the challenges. While most industry...more

DJI Software Now Includes Temporary No-Fly Zone for Olympics

Drone manufacturer, DJI, has updated its software in its drones to include a temporary no-fly zone around the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea (and other South Korean cities). The parameters of the no-fly zone are...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February 2018

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - Recording Available From “Chemical Regulation In 2018: A Sneak Preview Of Things To Come” Webinar: A recording is now available of “Chemical Regulation in 2018: A Sneak Preview of Things to Come,” the...more

Another Preventable Train Derailment

Amtrak trains have been involved in four deaths since December 2017, including the most recent tragedy in South Carolina that killed two crew members and injured more than 100 passengers....more

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