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California injury laawyerThere are millions of semi-trailer trucks on the road in the United States, and the large size of these vehicles can make them especially dangerous in motor vehicle accidents. In order to provide a safe environment for drivers, the trucking industry must follow safety regulations that have been defined at both the state and federal levels. Updates to these regulations can have a major impact on road safety since thousands of people die in truck accidents every year.

Federal Law May Override California Regulations on Truck Driver Break Time

California has some of the most strict laws in the United States for transportation employees, requiring employers to provide drivers with a 30-minute meal break for every five hours they work and a 10-minute rest break every four hours. This law applies to any truck drivers who are driving through the state. However, a bill that was recently introduced to the United States House of Representatives would overrule any state-level regulations, forcing states to use less stringent federal regulations that mandate a 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight hours of work.

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San Jose construction site accident lawyerThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that is delaying enforcement of parts of a new rule aimed increasing workplace and construction site safety. The provisions specifically address post-reporting retaliation and were set to take effect on August 10, 2016, but have been pushed back to November 1, 2016, so affected companies and contractors have more time to become educated about the new requirements. At least one lawsuit has also been filed by industry and trade groups seeking to have the provisions removed from the rule altogether.

Electronic Recording and Reporting

Earlier this year, OSHA issued a set of regulations—known as a final rule—looking to improve workplace injury and illness tracking, including injuries that occur on construction sites. The rule requires employers in particular industries to electronically record and report data about on-the-job accidents and illnesses so OSHA can use the information to identify trends and develop safety protocols. The rule also updates requirements regarding the way employers inform their workers about reporting workplace injuries. The recording and reporting portion of the rule is set to be phased in over the next two years.

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