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Hours-of-Service Revisions on the Way?

  • 05
  • April
    2010

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry. Over the years, the FMCSA has enacted a wide range of measures to ensure the safety of truckers and others on the roadway. Among these are the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which set forth the maximum drive times and minimum rest periods for interstate truckers. 

The hours-of-service rules are intended to reduce the fatigue of truckers on the highway. Although relatively straightforward, the rules can be complex for those new to them. For example, under the current HOS rules semi operators may not drive their trucks after 60 hours on duty in seven consecutive days (or 70 hours on duty eight consecutive days).  The numbers reset after a 34 hour rest period, during which the trucker must be completely off-duty.

New Federal Regs for Preventing Lead Poisoning During Renovation Begin April 22, 2010

  • 20
  • January
    2010

On and after April 22, 2010, anyone paid to renovate, repair and/or paint in any way that disturbs the paint in homes, childcare facilities, or schools built before 1978 must be EPA RRP certified and follow lead-safe work practice standards to prevent lead contamination. Simple renovations that include sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous conditions that create lead dust and lead paint chips.  This exposure is especially hazardous to children. In 2007, 14% of the children reported with elevated blood lead levels in New York State were poisoned as a direct result of home renovation projects.  These regulations will significantly decrease childhood lead poisoning.  

For more information go to www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm#contractors.

Chiropractors Oppose Informed Consent Regulations

  • 08
  • January
    2010

I just spent two days watching and listening to the testimony being given to the Connecticut Chiropractic Board where advocates for chiropractors strenuously oppose any regulation that would require they obtain written consent from their patients before giving neck manipulations. 

Chiropractors refuse to be bound by any regulation that would require that they give adequate information about the risk or association of stroke to the therapy they administer.  Their biggest argument is that they don't want to be singled out.

Welcome to our blog

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  • December
    2009
At the Law Office of Charles N. Rock, PLLC, we are committed to making your community safer- one case at a time. In order to do this, we dedicate our resources to staying current with legal issues and following developments that will impact our ability to pursue justice for the victims of negligence by individuals and corporations.

We also believe that keeping you fully informed about the legal process is necessary for you to make better decisions about how to proceed with your case. This Blog page is designed to allow you, other clients, our firm and others to discuss case law and relevant court decisions in the legal areas of medical malpractice, products liability, motor vehicle accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Periodically, we will update the information and Blog topics, so we encourage you to return often to view our most current posts and comments.

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