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December 2017 Archives

Major causes of car accidents

Many South Carolina drivers are confident in their driving skills. However, the number of deadly car accidents continues to increase. During 2015 alone, for example, the number of crash fatalities rose 8 percent, the highest jump in 50 years. The figures are even higher for 2016 as an estimated 40,000 people were killed in car accidents.

Workplace fatalities rise in 2016

Workers in South Carolina and across the United States have good reason to be concerned with safety in the workplace. Fatal injuries on the job rose by 7 percent in 2016 over the number of such fatalities in 2015. The increase was also accompanied by a rise in the rate of fatal injuries, from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees in 2015 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2016.

GAO report on meat and poultry industry calls for teamwork

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected 244 meat and poultry processing facilities in South Carolina and around the country in 2016, but a report released recently by the Government Accountability Office suggests that the agency's efforts to protect workers in the industry are not as successful as they could be. According to the GAO, safety issues may be going unaddressed because meat and poultry processing workers are reluctant to speak up due to fears of retaliation. Other government agencies are also not informing OSHA about possible violations to avoid scrutiny.

December 2017 is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

South Carolina residents are likely aware that the number of road users killed in drunk driving accidents increases each year during the holiday season. The White House said that action was needed to reduce this annual surge in road deaths in a Nov. 30 proclamation, and December 2017 was designated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to promote better awareness of the issue.

New logging mandate for truckers

Independent commercial truck drivers in South Carolina and the rest of the country will soon be required to use a new logging system. According to the federal government, the Electronic Logging Device mandate, which will be administered by the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will assist with monitoring and logging long-haul truck drivers.

Concussions: more common than some think

Every year, more than 250,000 people in South Carolina and across the U.S. are hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries with about 50,000 dying from their injuries. Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injury and are defined mainly by the neurological deficit that results from them. They can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head or even by vigorous shaking.

Texting while driving a major roadway danger

Texting while driving is recognized as one of the most dangerous behaviors a driver can engage in behind the wheel by a great majority of survey respondents in South Carolina and across the country. Distracted roadway behavior can be associated with social developments and trends like the use of the smartphone or cannabis legalization. In particular, distracted driving due to texting or social media activity has led to a number of severe car crashes. A study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America found that the vast majority of Americans view texting while driving as dangerous on the road.

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