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April 2015 Archives

Woman charged in fatal Garden City motorcycle accident

Police announced that charges were brought against a woman involved in an accident with a motorcycle that left one person dead. The incident was reported by the South Carolina Highway patrol to have happened around 7:40 p.m., April 18, in Garden City. A motorcycle was traveling north on Highway 17 when a Mercury car crossed into its path. The operator of the car was attempting to turn onto Highway 17 from Cypress Avenue at the time of the incident. The motorcycle operator was forced to lay the motorcycle down hard in an attempt to avoid colliding with the car.

A look at how to combat construction site trench collapses

South Carolina workers may be interested in some information about safety issues when digging trenches. Failure to adhere to these safety standards could lead to serious consequences.

Distractions delay driver reaction to roadway hazards

As South Carolina drivers know, taking their eyes off the road may lead to an accident. New research published by Liberty Mutual shows that the risk is due not just to the time looking at something or someone else but the time it takes a driver to refocus on the road. Earlier, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested that turning one's gaze from the roadway should be limited to no more than two seconds. However, this recent study suggested that the issue is more complicated.

OSHA fines construction company after 3 suffer injuries

On April 9, it was reported that OSHA officials cited the owner of a home improvement company for multiple violations after three Massachusetts workers were injured when their scaffold platform broke. Officials stated that the accident occurred because the scaffold was made from materials that were not built to hold the employees' weight and were not acceptable for use as a scaffold.

To avoid accidents, employers should adhere to OSHA laws

In order to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries, South Carolina employers are required to abide by safety regulations determined by state laws and the U.S. Department of Labor. Failure to follow these conditions can result in penalties placed against the employer, which can range from fines and criminal prosecution to lawsuits and personal liability.

1 dead, 5 injured when church van collides with pickup

In South Carolina, one person was killed and five people were injured in a deadly collision involving a church van on March 24. According to news reports, the accident happened in Loris when a van from Faith Apostolic Church in Nakina drove through a stop sign and crashed into a Chevy pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 747 and Highway 9 Bypass. Emergency crews from South Carolina Highway Patrol, Horry County Police Department, Horry County Fire and Loris Fire responded to the scene.

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