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September 1, 2007
The Maine Department of Labor SafetyWorks! program has updated an online van safety training for Maine workers and has made it available on the SafetyWorks! website.
The training highlights the rollover risk of large passenger vans and provides guidance for safe operation of the vehicle.
Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the vans have much higher rollover rates when fully loaded with passengers or if the tires are under inflated.
Given safety concerns, the Maine Board of Occupational Safety and Health recently implemented rules requiring training for all public employees operating full size vans.
The van safety training and other online safety classes can be found on the SafetyWorks! website at: www.safetyworksmaine.com/training/online_classes/index.html