* New York - Are trucking companies going green?
New York,NY,USA -Triple Pundit, by Chandler Magann -11 Dec 2014: -- According to the United Nation’s Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013, a good portion of corporations took the initiative to improve sustainability in 20 management practices... However, not all the news is good. Some big-name corporations don’t consider trucking as a long-term, sustainable form of transportation... Despite the initial urge to eliminate trucks altogether, a growing number of businesses are taking an environmentaly responsible approach to trucking and making it part of their sustainable logistics plans. More than 100 companies now have hybrid trucks in their fleets. These companies include Pepsi, Coke, AT&T, UPS, Kraft and several more. Kraft Foods began using diesel-electric hybrid delivery trucks in 2009. The company projects the vehicles will use 30 percent less fuel compared to their traditional diesel-powered counterparts... Walmart has recently redesigned its long-haul trucks, which look a lot different than the ones we know today. The new design is called the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience. Currently, it’s a concept truck that will take part in the company’s fleet efficiency program. Here are some unique features:
* The trailer is made from carbon-fiber, reducing 4,000 pounds of weight. This allows fleets to carry more freight.
* Advanced aerodynamic design (a 20 percent improvement from current models).
* Electronic dashboard with customizable gauges and performance data.
* Next-gen LED lighting that is energy efficient and less prone to damage.
According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), humans can mitigate severe natural disasters if we reduce our carbon footprint and slow the process of global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius...
* Washington - Among the highest says new report
Tumwater,WASH,USA -Workers Compensation -11 Dec 2014: -- Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington state, according to a new report from the Department of Labor & Industries. Each year, one in every 13 truck drivers has a work-related injury serious enough that they have to miss work for a period of time... The report, Trucking Industry: Examining Injuries for Prevention, includes information to help employers target the hazards their employees are most likely to encounter... The new report covers the years 2006 – 2012 and breaks the data down into six different trucking sectors... Sprains, strains and overexertion accounted for the most trucking-related injuries, with costs exceeding $107 million and resulting in 576,000 lost-work days. About 70 percent of these injuries were to drivers. Many of the injuries occurred while connecting or disconnecting a trailer to the truck or opening stuck trailer doors... Falls were also a leading cause of costly claims involving lost-work days... Key points from the report include:
° There were 52 fatalities among trucking industry employees between 2006 and 2012; most of them were vehicle related. All but one were men.
° Among Washington truck drivers, one in 13 was injured seriously enough that they were unable to work and were compensated for lost-work days, in addition to the costs of medical treatment.
° There were 1.5 million lost-work days for all injuries in Washington's trucking industry during the report's time period.
° For the 33,000 workers employed in the trucking industry each year from 2006 through 2012, there were nearly 7,000 lost-work claims.
° Despite increased regulations on hours of service and other monitoring, trucking continues to be one of the most hazardous industries in the country.
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