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This legal roadmap for transportation businesses examines employers’ obligations regarding vaccinations and employees’ right to refuse them. Related issues such as potential liability, contract worker status, ADA disabilities, and privacy are also explored.

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Colonial Pipeline Expected Back Online by Saturday

The Colonial Pipeline Co. hopes to bring a significant gasoline supply line back online by Saturday, less than a week after a blast that could reduce gasoline supply to the Southeast and Northeast, Reuters has reported.

Work Injury Leads to Fleet Employee Death

A City of Long Beach, Calif., fleet employee died on Sept. 5 following an accident at work. Stevaughn Matthews, garage services attendant, was working on a trailer at the time of the accident.

Ergonomics is Often the ‘Missing Link’ in Equipment Specifications

Under OSHA regulations, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. Workers' Comp claims resulting from use of inappropriately spec'ed add-on equipment is on the rise. Poor equipment spec'ing can result in expensive litigation. Ergonomics is also an accident avoidance issue. Poor ergonomics reduces driver comfort, increasing fatigue, a key contributor to preventable accidents.

Spec Equipment to Reduce Workers’ Comp Claims

Poor spec'ing decisions can result in expensive workers' compensation litigation. The average workers' comp cost for a pushing/pulling injury is $10,175, while the average cost for a lifting/bending incident is $8,989. Under OSHA regs, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes work vehicles and equipment) free from recognized hazards.

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