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Germany Calls for New EU-Wide Blind Spot Regulations

By Leslie Miiller on July 9, 2018

The European Union has a special name for certain parties who share highways and streets across the continent. They are the VRUs: vulnerable road users. These pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists account for almost 50 percent of Europeans injured or killed each year in accidents involving vehicles—and 28 percent of those injured or killed in large truck crashes. More than half of these large truck incidents take place at low speeds. In Germany alone this year, more than 20 cyclists have been killed by right-turning trucks alone. The numbers are predicted to grow as governments across Europe promote walking and biking over driving and as more urban construction projects begin.

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Topics: Blind Spot Monitoring, PreView Side Defender, blind spot safety, Side Collision Mitigation

New Texas Heavy-Haul Regulations Call for Side and Rear Blind Spot Detection

By Aaron Benick on June 28, 2018

New highway regulations in Texas have fleet managers looking for ways to equip specific heavy haul trucks with roll-stability systems and blind spot protection. The new regulations, as laid out in Texas Senate Bill 1524, address heavier oversize and overweight intermodal vehicles that carry oceangoing or international trade containers within 30 miles of a port of entry or international bridge. SB 1524 mandates that roll-stability systems and blind spot protection be installed on these vehicles as a precondition of receiving an operating permit from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Topics: Safety Awareness, PreView Side Defender, blind spot safety, Side Collision Mitigation, PreView Radar, Blind Zones

Getting From Here to Safety

By Geoff Troxel on May 31, 2018

Most people enjoy receiving incentives. Buy groceries at the store and pay lower gas prices at the pump through a rewards program. Stop smoking, start exercising, and watch your health care premiums drop. The question a lot of companies are asking, though, is can this same approach work to improve work site safety. And, if so, how do incentives work in an increasingly data-driven world?

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Topics: Safety Innovation, Driver Training, Safety Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership

Millennials: A Generation of Safety

By Tamara Humpherys on May 31, 2018

Millennials are now the largest generation in the American workforce, and with the Boomer population aging into retirement, they will quickly be taking over positions of management and leadership in all trades. This handoff between generations can often be a shaky one, simply because of the difference in life-experience—it’s not uncommon for the older generation to write-off or displace the younger generation as lazy, rebellious, or entitled. However, Millennials are quickly proving themselves to be not only ready to take charge, but to do it in safer, more efficient ways than past generations.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Worksite Safety, Employee Engagement

Blind Spot Safety in the Utility Industry

By Aaron Benick on April 18, 2018

The world would come to a grinding halt without utility workers and the companies they work for. With all utility companies and workers have to worry about, safety priorities for vehicles and drivers have a tendency to get pushed down the list.

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Topics: Utility Safety, Safety Culture, Fleet Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring

Rugged, Reliable Radar for Heavy-Duty Equipment

By Dale Hessing on April 13, 2018

Radar sensors are quickly becoming a part of many people’s daily commute to and from work.  From Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) to Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), radar sensors are moving fromluxury to economy models of consumer vehicles.  There are now over a million of these sensors being produced annually.  Because of this widespread automotive usage, medium- and heavy-duty industries are adopting radar sensors for their blind spot monitoring and collision avoidance needs, too.

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Topics: PreView Radar, Radar Technology, Blind Spot Monitoring, Heavy-Duty Safety

Collision Avoidance Solutions for Waste and Recycling Trucks

By Ed Renna on April 4, 2018

The waste and recycling collection industry is a necessity for modern day life. It is also one of the most dangerous. In fact, the waste and recycling industry is the 5th most dangerous occupation in the United States. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workers in solid waste collection were also in the top three job classifications to have the highest number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses, most caused by overexertion, being struck-by, striking against, or being compressed in equipment. 

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Topics: Waste Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring, PreView Side Defender, PreView Sentry

The Safety Advancements in Automobile Technology

By Leslie Miiller on April 2, 2018

Safety is paramount to the manufacturers of heavy duty equipment and automobiles today. Innovation is driving the car industry to go well beyond the simplicity of seat belts and automatic brake systems. More and more, advanced technological systems are becoming common place in our cars, trucks, and transportation equipment.

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Topics: Trucking Safety, Safety Technology, Safety Awareness

The Technology Behind Blind Spot Monitoring Systems

By David Hofacker on March 20, 2018

Technology can be a wonderful thing, especially when applied to heavy-duty vehicle safety. At first, the process of determining which products will be beneficial can be overwhelming, but after doing some research and finally taking the plunge you will realize how much safer your fleet and work site can be.

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Topics: Radar Technology, PreView Sentry, PreView Side Defender

PRECO Recognizes the Recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Safety Award

By Tamara Humpherys on March 8, 2018

PRECO Electronics proudly announces Fraley & Schilling's Michael Posz as the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Safety Award. Posz, who took over as Fraley & Schilling's Director of Safety in 2016, has cultivated an existing safety culture with the introduction of new technology, increased education, and additional onboard training. The results of his efforts realized a 50 percent decline in incidents in 2017 for Fraley & Schilling while his organization has grown from 200 to more than 500 trucks.

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Topics: Excellence in Safety Award, Preco Electronics, Leadership, Safety Culture

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