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This airbag might increase injury risk

August 12, 2019 by Adam Malik

A relatively new attempt to lower the risk of injury in a collision has been panned by a safety group. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently reviewed knee airbags – something that has grown in popularity of the

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Female-centred ride hailing apps on the rise

April 3, 2018 by Jason Contant

The women behind the slowly growing number of ride-hailing apps catering to female passengers and drivers say the hurdles they’ve had to overcome to get their services on the road demonstrate exactly why they’re necessary in the first place. Women

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Broker calls court injunction against random drug and alcohol testing “scary”

March 5, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta’s appeal court has upheld a lower court ruling that prohibits Suncor Energy Inc. from testing oil sands workers in safety sensitive positions for drug and alcohol impairment. For Sherry Barge, national transportation leader for commercial brokerage BFL Canada, the

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The financial impact of a product recall

November 17, 2017 Francis Gagné, FAS Global

Whether it is as a result of the risk of e-coli, listeria or salmonella in food products, a choking hazard in children’s toy, a safety issue on a vehicle or a yoga pant stretching and becoming see-through; the list of

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Introducing autonomous vehicles sooner could save “hundreds of thousands” of lives over time: report

November 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Autonomous vehicles should only have to be “moderately better” than human drivers before being widely used in the United States, an approach that could save thousands of lives annually even before the technology is perfected, according to a new report

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Utilities cautioned to act now to strengthen their cyber security defences: Accenture

October 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Unprepared distribution utilities are urged to immediately begin improving their cyber security capabilities given the anticipated future hike in cyber attacks and the fact that most recently polled utility executives say such an attack could interrupt electricity supply, Accenture suggests

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Inattentive drivers causing more collisions than impaired and speeding drivers combined: OPP

August 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Inattentive driving is linked to more collisions on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads so far this year than speeding and alcohol/drug-related collisions combined, the police service reported on Tuesday. Since Jan. 1, 2017, driver distraction has been reported as the primary cause in 6,360 road collisions, the OPP said in a press release. By comparison, speed was the primary cause in 4,700 crashes, while 1,158 of incidents involved a driver who consumed alcohol or drugs.
As well, a total of 47 people have died to…

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55% of poll respondents will not ride in a fully autonomous vehicle, Gartner survey finds

August 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An online survey from research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. has found that 55% of polled respondents “will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.” The Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive survey polled 1,519 people in the United States

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Emergency broadcast station being considered in New Brunswick following January ice storm

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Brunswick’s primary electrical utility in the province, NB Power, and the province’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) said on Friday that they considering creating a dedicated emergency broadcast station to provide essential information to people in the province in times of crisis. The consideration is one of 51 recommendations contained in a provincial review of the Atlantic Canada storm in the winter of 2017, released on Friday. From Jan. 24-26, an ice storm hit central and eastern New Brunswick, from Miscou Island to Sackville. The intense low-pressure system resulted in…

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TSB urges fishing industry to recognize ‘interdependency among safety issues’

August 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The frequency of fatal accidents involving Canadian fishing vessels is too high and crew members will continue to be at risk until “the complex relationship and interdependency among safety issues is recognized and addressed,” the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

July 24, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it

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Health Canada reviewing safety of BBQ brushes, says nine injured since 2011

July 18, 2017 Brennan Doherty - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Health Canada is conducting an investigation into the safety of wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecues, with plans to conclude the probe by the end of the summer. The agency said the risk assessment on the brushes comes