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David Biderman: Increasing Awareness to Improve Safety in the Solid Waste Industry

By Tamara Humpherys on May 16, 2017

By David Biderman, Executive Director & CEO of
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

When I tell people who are not in the solid waste industry that refuse and recycling collection is the 5th most deadly job in the United States, they are almost always amazed. The public doesn’t realize that thousands of men and women are putting their lives on the line each day to take care of their garbage.

But to those who work the routes or send employees out each day, the dangers of the job are far too real. In 2016 alone, SWANA recorded 46 worker fatalities in the US, half of which were drivers and helpers out collecting garbage. It is simply unacceptable to have so many people die on the job. These are parents, grandparents, spouses, sons and daughters who are not coming home to their families at the end of the day.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Operator Education, Waste Safety, Slow Down toGet Around, Safety Awareness

Creating a Culture of Safety: City of Oxnard

By Tamara Humpherys on April 26, 2017

Creating a culture of safety doesn't happen overnight. But for one Health and Safety supervisor, it was a challenge worthy of tackling.

George Van Hemert oversees safety in what could otherwise be a very unsafe place. As Health & Safety Supervisor for the City of Oxnard, California’s Environmental Resources Division, Van Hemert is responsible for worker safety at Del Norte Regional Recycling & Transfer Station. This Materials Recovery facility (MRF) serves as the central hub of the City’s overall solid waste management system and as a regional resource for other adjacent cities as well.

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Topics: Your Bottom Line, Worksite Safety, Backing Accidents, City of Oxnard

The Work Truck Show 2017

By Tamara Humpherys on March 15, 2017

The PRECO Electronics team is exhibiting at North America’s largest work truck event, The Work Truck Show 2017, located at booth #5873, demonstrating how our radar safety technology eliminates an operators’ blind spots in side and rear applications. On display will be the combination of PRECO’s two recently announced collision mitigation technologies: PreView Side Defender and PreView Sentry.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Side Collision Mitigation, PreView Sentry, The Work Truck Show, PreView Side Defender

PRECO Recognizes Two Recipients of 2016 Safety in Motion Award

By Tamara Humpherys on January 19, 2017

PRECO Electronics proudly announces the 2016 Safety in Motion Award recipients as Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) David Biderman and City of Oxnard Environmental Resources Division’s George Van Hemert.  Both recipients have continually demonstrated their unparalleled commitment to safety to distinguish themselves as leaders in safety.

The 2016 Safety in Motion Award also recognized Clint McGinty of Phoenix Services and James Zertuche of NAPCO Precast as finalists for this year’s award. Both runners-up continue to drive safety within their companies and industries. PRECO congratulates them on their nominations and recognition for being finalists for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award.

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Topics: Waste Safety, Safety in Motion Award

PRECO Congratulates the 2016 Safety in Motion Nominees and Finalists

By Tamara Humpherys on January 13, 2017

PRECO is honored to announce the finalists and top nominees for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award. This year’s nominees are an esteemed group of individuals who continually strive to increase safety for their fleets and the public. They represent some of the most respected professionals in heavy-duty industries. The awardee will be announced at the upcoming 2017 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, January 17-20.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety in Motion Award

A Heavy-Duty Surge in Heavy-Duty Safety

By Tamara Humpherys on December 20, 2016

Safety in heavy-duty industries has surged ahead in 2016 thanks to new innovations and technologies that have taken collision mitigation to the most advanced level yet. As our understanding of collisions and how to avoid them deepens, this momentum will continue with the goal of saving as many lives as possible.

Recently, we’ve seen higher levels of technological sophistication in the autonomous applications of U.S. Army tactical vehicles. Over the course of the next decade, the Army predicts that assistant drivers will no longer be needed in manned war vehicles, and only a few years beyond that the main driver will also be able to stay behind on missions. Imagine the lives that will be saved on the battlefields.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Sensor Fusion, Object Detection, Side Collision Mitigation, Heavy-Duty Safety, Forward Collision Mitigation

PRECO Electronics Accepting Nominations for 2016 Safety in Motion Award

By Tamara Humpherys on November 1, 2016

PRECO Electronics is accepting nominations for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award.  Now in its sixth year, the annual Safety in Motion Award is the most widely recognized and anticipated award among heavy-duty safety professionals.  

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety in Motion Award

PRECO Kicks Off MINExpo 2016 with New Object Detection Technology

By Tamara Humpherys on September 27, 2016

PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision mitigation introduced our newest object detection system at the 2016 MINExpo trade show: PreView Sentry.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Object Detection, PreView Radar, PreView Sentry

Becoming the Driving Force Behind Distracted Driving Prevention

By Tamara Humpherys on June 15, 2016

Keep your eyes on the prize. That’s easier said than done—especially when driving—even when that prize is your very life. Recent research indicates that some type of distraction is present during 52 percent of normal driving—and distracted driving can be nearly as dangerous as driving drunk.

In a new three-year, nation-wide, naturalistic driving study involving 3,500 participants, researchers report that the risk of having a crash involving injury or property damage doubles when distracted. In fact, 68 percent of crashes involved a distraction of some kind. And an estimated 36 percent of all motor vehicle crashes could be avoided if distractions were out of the picture.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Distracted Driving

Tech Talk Fuels Buzz at Mid-America Trucking Show

By Tamara Humpherys on April 19, 2016

For heavy-duty trucking, one annual event stands out as the ultimate showcase of the big rigs, businesses, and breakthroughs that are moving the whole world forward. Called the “three biggest days in trucking,” the Mid-America Trucking Show took over Louisville, KY in a big-time event that drew in nearly 75,000 attendees from all 50 states and 67 countries.

Preco was there to soak it all in, and we wanted to give you a quick run-down of the new trucking technology buzzing around the expo center.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Proactive Safety, Telematics

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PRECO Electronics is a global technology provider that improves safety for operators, worksites, and the public. The effectiveness of our patented object detection radar systems is unmatched in heavy duty vehicle industries.

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