The Truckers Who Hauled Ebola
10/24/2014

Think your job is dangerous? These guys haul Ebola. Meet the team at Texas-based CG Environmental, the hazmat cleanup crew that cleaned up all the potentially Ebola-infected belongings from the now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan’s apartment and – along with Homeland Security – hauled it to a medical waste incineration facility to dispose of it. Erick McCallum, the owner of CG Environmental, did an interview with Overdrive, in which he recounted the steps that needed to be taken to safely dispose of the potentially deadly materials. First McCallum and the rest of his crew needed to sanitize and then disassemble Duncan’s apartment and fit everything into 140 drums, including a lot of stuff that “doesn’t fit into a drum unless you make it fit into a drum” such as beds, electronics, etc. Next, the team loaded it on to their trucks and, under the supervision of Homeland Security, hauled the waste until they turned it over to Homeland Security officials who drove it the rest of the way to the disposal facility. The team accompanied them to unload the trucks once at the facility. Though these guys are used to dealing with potentially hazardous materials, this was the first time they’d worked with an Ebola case. When asked wither or not his employees were worried about their safety during the cleanup, McCallum claimed they weren’t, saying “My guys know that if I won’t do it, they won’t do it.” True to his word, McCallum himself was right there with his team getting the work done.

EOBRs Top List Of FMCSA Priorities For 2015
10/24/2014

At the ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition last week the Chief Safety Officer of the FMCSA, Jack Van Steenberg, laid out the FMCSA’s priorities for 2015. Among the top five he discussed was the plan to implement a rule that would mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs). Van Steenberg said that the agency hopes to have the rule to the DOT secretary’s office in the spring and a final rule “sometime in 2015.” Approximately 2,000 comments from the public have been received on the subject of mandatory EOBRs, and Van Steenberg acknowledges that not everyone seems to be in favor. Despite the opposition however, the FMCSA still believes that the rule will be beneficial for everyone. “There is a lot to consider when it comes to the electronic logging devices. We want to get it right and we want to get it right the first time,” he said. Also among the FMCSA’s top priorities are a unified registration system that would help combat chameleon carriers, adding a safety fitness determination to company’s CSA scores, implementing “inspection modernization” to cut down on duplicate charges against drivers and carriers, and adding a third phase of the CSA program.

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