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FMCSA to OSHA: Back Off Wheel Chock Enforcement

May 01, 2001

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Julie Cirillo, acting deputy administration of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has reportedly told the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to stop citing truckers for failure to use wheel chocks.

Apparently seeking to end what’s been a long-simmering jurisdiction controversy, Cirillo told OSHA in a letter that FMCSA’s brake requirements preempt OSHA’s wheel chock rules, thus OSHA has no jurisdiction in this area.
Addressing OSHA concerns that trailers without chocks could be pushed back from loading docks, Cirillo said the likelihood is “remote” and noted an absence of research to support such worries. The use of brakes, as required in Part 393 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulaions, should be adequate, she said.

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