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July 2014 Archives

Police suspect alcohol a factor in deadly car crash

A 65-year-old man and his grandson died from the injuries they suffered in a crash involving two vehicles in South Carolina at approximately 5:45 p.m. on July 27. Six other individuals who were involved were injured. Police believe that the fatal car accident was due to drunk driving.

Federal laws require climbing safety gear for all lineworkers

South Carolina workers may be interested in recently enacted rules pertaining to electrical workers who climb power lines, poles and towers. Heretofore, these workers were exempted from federal laws mandating the use of safety equipment for people who work at height. Thus, 'free climbing" has been a common practice among electrical lineworkers, according to authorities. However, new rules announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will reportedly force electrical lineworkers to conform to safety requirements that are standard for climbing-related jobs.

"Free climbing" practice to be banned for lineworkers

South Carolina residents may be interested to learn about new safety rules for electric utility workers recently announced by OSHA. Beginning in July, electrical lineworkers will no longer be allowed to 'free climb" -- that is, ascend towers without harnesses -- on transmission towers. With the new ban on free climbing, employers will now have to provide climbers with a harness or send them up to do work in bucket trucks.

Driver in custody following deadly crash

A 24-year-old South Carolina man was taken into custody following a suspected DUI crash that killed a 33-year-old bicyclist on July 12. The cyclist was in the 3400 block of U.S. 17 South when the driver struck him from behind. The cyclist died at the scene before he could be taken to the hospital, and a coroner found that the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries.

General Motors is recalling cars, hesitating to recall trucks

Over the past several months, the employees and operations of auto giant General Motors have been thrust squarely into the public eye. After it was revealed that GM employees were aware of a deadly defect installed in many of its models over the span of a decade and did nothing to address the situation, the media, Congress and the public began viewing the company with intense scrutiny.

Graco finally recalls defective infant safety seats

Earlier this year, Graco Children’s Products opted to recall 4.2 toddler safety seats due to a buckle-related defect. The harness buckles on affected safety seat models may become stuck. It is not difficult to imagine how a child stuck in a safety seat could be subject to a greater risk of harm in the event of an accident. Before the affected models were recalled, parents reported having to cut their children out of their safety seats simply to remove them safely from vehicles.

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