On-Scene Vol. 29, Fall 2023
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International Roadcheck May 16-18, 2023
Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA) runs a 72-hour safety blitz. In 2022, over 59,000 inspections were completed. Inspectors from Canada, the Unites States and Mexico conduct inspections of commercial vehicles at weigh scale stations, designated inspection areas and along highways.
The emphasis for this year is anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement. ABS prevents wheels from locking up when braking, enabling drivers to have better control of the vehicle. Improper cargo securement poses a serious risk by affecting the vehicle’s maneuverability, or worse, causing unsecured loads to fall, resulting in traffic hazards and vehicle collisions.
Vehicle safety is important to all roadway users. Commercial vehicle drivers, owners and companies should maintain vehicles at all times. A routine check list “cheat sheet” can be found here to ensure you are meeting safety standards supported by agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transport Canada and Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation.
WREX 2023 – April 17-21, 2023
Steve Thannhauser and Janine Varga-Borys attended the World Reconstruction Exposition – WREX 2023 – in Orlando, Florida. It was only the third WREX held, the first being in 2000 and the second in 2016.
This year’s conference was bigger than ever, with over 1200 attendees from nearly 30 countries! Steve and Janine were able to choose from multiple presentations to keep abreast of the latest developments in our field. Topics spanned vehicle Event Data Recorders and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to human factors and injury biomechanics. Attendees were also treated to a full day of live crash testing of cars, motorcycles, heavy trucks, and pedestrian dummies.
On-Scene Volume 28, Spring 2023
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Helmet Safety for Long Weekend Fun
This coming weekend is a long weekend for many people in Canada and the U.S. Whether your region is recognizing February 20th as Family Day, Heritage Day, or President’s Day (or something else!), many families will be outdoors enjoying activities such as skiing, skating or sledding. In warmer weather, activities of choice might be biking, roller skating or football. To ensure safety for all, make sure you and your children and teens are wearing the appropriate helmets for the chosen activity.
Helmets are the best defence against head injuries. For maximum effectiveness, helmets must fit well, be worn properly, and be well maintained. They must also be age-appropriate and certified for use.
There are many different types of helmets to choose from—be sure to wear the appropriate helmet for the activity.
Check out Which Helmets for Which Activity, published by Parachute Canada.
If your activity is not listed, there are also Fact Sheets on several types of helmets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as a helmet-fit video.
Enjoy the long weekend and be SAFE!