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March 2015 Archives

Millions of U.S. employees face work-related injuries

For people in South Carolina and other states, on-the-job injuries continue to be a major issue in the private section. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 3 million injuries occur in the United States each year. In the last 20 years, workplace injuries have gone down from around 6 million a year due to the increased focus and adherence to health and safety standards, but musculoskeletal problems such as carpel tunnel syndrome continue to affect a large number of workers in different sectors, including government jobs.

The impact of daylight saving time on workplace injuries

Daylight saving time began in the United States on March 8, and many South Carolina residents may have been a little sluggish the following morning due to enjoying one less hour in bed. While most people see the time change as a minor inconvenience, it can be a serious issue for workers in hazardous occupations.

South Carolina woman killed by alleged drunk driver

The South Carolina Highway Patrol took a 35-year-old man into custody on March 7 after he was involved in a truck and motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a Gaston woman. The man was charged with felony drunk driving after responding police officers determined that he had been under the influence at the time of the crash. Police say that the investigation into the incident continues.

Workplace injuries widen the gap between rich and poor

A report released by the Labor Department stated that sickness and injuries on the job are having a major impact on the widening gap between the rich and poor across the nation, including South Carolina. The report stated that deficient worker compensation programs are adding to that gap by not providing sufficient income to the employee while they are recovering from injuries. It is estimated that nearly 4 million severe injuries are disclosed to employers every year. Employees who are granted workers' compensation receive on average 15 percent less from their paycheck while out of work.

What leads to road rage accidents

Drivers in South Carolina who have experienced road rage first hand might be interested to learn what causes this type of behavior. According to anger management specialists, road rage may be the result of the territorial feeling that people get when they are inside of a vehicle. While protected by a metal shell, drivers feel more safety and anonymity.

Man arrested after SC hit-and-run accident that killed cyclist

Police arrested a 29-year-old South Carolina man in connection with a Feb. 26 hit-and-run accident in Charleston that resulted in the death of a bicyclist. Authorities believe that the accused man was drunk at the time of the accident and have filed DUI charges against him.

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