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December 19, 2014

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Dec. 19, 1984:Twenty-six men and one woman are killed in the Wilberg Coal Mine Disaster near Orangeville, Utah. The disaster has been termed the worst coal mine fire in the state’s history. Federal mine safety officials issued 34 safety citations after the disaster but had inspected the mine only days before and declared it safe.
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Teamsters Battle Scheme to Lengthen Truckers' Hours Behind the Wheel
Updated On: Aug 15, 2014
Aug. 15, 2014 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Saying that lengthening the consecutive hours truckers could stay behind the wheel endangers both truckers and other drivers, the Teamsters are battling a Republican senator's scheme to do just that. William "Jack" Dawson, a shop steward and safety trainer for Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas told the Senate Commerce Committee in late July that the longer hours would halt a federal plan to increase safety on the roads. "We cannot afford to add to driver fatigue by rolling back hours-of service (HOS) regulations which were carefully crafted over the course of more than two decades of rulemaking, several court challenges, thousands of pages of research and studies on sleep habits, rest periods, fatigue, and the best ways to ensure that truck drivers operate safely on our highways," Dawson told the committee. Continue reading here.
 
 
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