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SWANA’s Continuous Efforts Toward Improving Refuse Collections Safety

By Reyna Clow on June 9, 2020

Each morning fleets of garbage, recycling, and yard waste trucks travel the streets and alleyways of our communities. When it comes to these trucks, depending on the job, the driver is on the right or left side of the cab. Having to drive on both sides means drivers have to be ambidextrous in their understanding of their trucks' operating from all angles.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Waste Safety, Blind Zones, Heavy-Duty Safety, Collision Avoidance, Blind Spot Monitoring, Safety Culture

Trucker Fatalities Continue to Be On the Rise – Find the Safety Solution Right for Your Fleet

By Aaron Benick on April 29, 2020

Many people who drive for work are continuing to leave their homes to ensure that essential supplies and services reach those in need during this difficult time. Unfortunately, trucker fatalities have been on the rise for a number of years, and with a higher demand being put on fleets during the current crisis we are facing globally, the use-case for safety suites has continued to spread. Now customers are demanding OEMs offer safety systems, or they may take their business elsewhere.

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Topics: PreView Sentry, Straight Trucks, PreView Side Defender, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture

Vehicle Control Enhancements of ADAS

By Tom Loutzenheiser on April 10, 2020

ADAS, or Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, are developing rapidly and in several stages. ADAS is not autonomy; by definition, it is Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems while autonomous vehicles have systems that are designed to completely control a vehicle in most or all situations.

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Topics: Heavy-Duty Safety, Forward Collision Mitigation, Straight Trucks, Fleet Safety, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture, Safety Innovation

Taking a Stance on On-Road Safety: New York City Vision Zero

By Nick Yates on April 10, 2020

New York’s city streets saw a historically deadly year for cyclists in 2019, with pedestrian fatality numbers not far behind. And only recently was a bicyclist killed in Brooklyn. To solve this issue, NY Council Members call for life-saving sensors to be put on trucks and other commercial vehicles so drivers can see and avoid hitting Vulnerable Road Users (VRU).

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Topics: Proactive Safety, vision zero,, Safety Culture

The Advantage of Safety Systems for Fleet Service

By Ed Renna on April 1, 2020

As fleets continue to grow, effective safety solutions that are easy to operate and built to retrofit are integral to preventing incidents and minimizing downtime — all essential for the management, safety, and maintenance of fleets. Not only in terms of keeping both the public and drivers safe, but also in terms of controlling costs related to insurance and liability, unplanned downtime, and maintenance. Furthermore, improved fleet safety can lead to increased driver efficiency, return on investment, and higher overall productivity. All of which depend on the installed system and your fleet service technicians.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture, Leadership

Championing Vulnerable Road User Safety in Boise, Idaho

By Cynthia Gibson on March 18, 2020

On Sunday, November 10th, the Idaho Statesmen published, “Cars overtaking bikes big cause of cyclist deaths,” a story detailing the growing safety concerns for vehicles overtaking cyclists. According to the author, David Lightman, in 2017, 806 cyclists died in incidents with vehicles nationwide, and in 2018 the death toll jumped to 857. “Three cyclists died in crashes with motor vehicles in Idaho in 2017, according to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Also that year, a cyclist was injured in a crash every 40 hours ITD said,” Lightman wrote in his article.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture

Vulnerable Road User Protections Impacting Autonomous & ADAS Solutions

As automotive technology gradually advances towards autonomy, it is of the utmost importance that automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) pay special attention to Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) in future product development. The classification of "Vulnerable" describes individuals who are at increased risk due to the lack of a "shell" (protective structure), task capability, resilience, and velocity. These individuals are then subdivided into mode-of-transport and age. Children, the elderly, and the disabled are at the highest risk because of their low task capability and, in some cases, lower physical resilience.

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Topics: PreView Radar, Safety Culture, Engineering Spotlight

Nominations Open for 2019 Excellence in Safety Award

By Reyna Clow on December 9, 2019

In recognition of innovation, dedication and best practices, we are now accepting nominations for the ninth annual Excellence in Safety Award. Recognizing the outstanding achievements of safety professionals each year, the Excellence in Safety Award honors those who educate, support, and take action to improve safety on and off the worksite.

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

How Perceptive Are We Really?

By Leslie Miiller on November 6, 2019

In Part 1: An Increasingly Distracted World, you were asked to confront your ‘familiarity’ with your environments. A familiarity may cause any one of us to relax and lower our defenses while working with or around heavy-duty machinery. Reflecting on these three questions can help peel back the layers:

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Topics: Worksite Safety, Safety Awareness, Safety Culture

Are Safety Technologies Giving Drivers the Wrong Idea?

By Nick Yates on July 2, 2019

Each day safety technologies enter the innovative race to bring on-and off-road industries the safety solutions of the future. The public is invested in safety and companies flourish when they follow best safety practices. People want to know what accounts for good safety technology and how it’s implemented to promote efficiency. Despite this strong interest in safety technology, drivers are hesitant to adopt solutions that monitor their actions or take control of operations at any level.

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Topics: Advanced Driver Assistance System, Safety Culture, Leadership

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