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February 2018 Archives

Surveys show rise in black lung among coal miners

In South Carolina and other states where the coal mining industry is still active, black lung disease is on the rise. This finding has surprised many people because at the end of the previous century, black lung diagnoses were at an all-time low with just over 30 cases reported. In 2016, according to an NPR survey of 11 black lung clinics, that number was 962. An ongoing investigation that began in the wake of that report has tallied over 1,000 more cases.

Distracted driving remains a serious road safety issue

The alarming rise in car accidents in South Carolina and throughout the country has been blamed by some on the popularity of smartphones. However, safety experts say that the entertainment and information systems in many new cars can be just as distracting for drivers. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports suggests that a worrying number of motorists are unconcerned about these dangers. More than half of the drivers polled by the consumer information company admitted to regularly using their cellphones while behind the wheel to send text messages, watch videos and browse the internet.

IIHS study: collision avoidance systems save lives

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just published a study that should be of interest to drivers in South Carolina, and elsewhere in the nation. The study indicates that collision avoidance systems, such as blind spot alerts and lane departure warning systems, actually do help in saving lives.

Trade group petitions FMCSA to revise hours of service rules

Studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as deadly as getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, and the peril is even greater when the vehicle involved is a semi-tractor trailer that weighs 40 tons. Road users in South Carolina and around the country are protected against this threat by hours of service regulations that are strictly enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claims that these rules actually make the roads more dangerous.

Companies ready for increased rule enforcement

South Carolina residents who cut concrete or saw bricks may come into contact with a substance called crystalline silica. Too much exposure to the substance can cause several health hazards such as lung cancer or silicosis. Over time, it may also lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or problems breathing in general.

Fatigue emerges as safety threat for EMS workers

Emergency medical service workers in South Carolina are a common sight at accident scenes. As one might imagine, they must often endure stressful working conditions. A partnership between a university research hospital and the National Association of State EMS Officials has sounded the alarm about the effects of fatigue on EMS workers. Exhaustion could lead to mistakes while driving ambulances or have a negative impact on patient care.

Shifting cargo is a major safety risk to motorists

The overwhelming majority of freight moved across South Carolina and the United States is moved at least part of the way by truck. Since improperly loaded cargo is a major of tractor-trailer accidents, every one of the 15 million transport trucks in operation on American roadways is a potential public safety hazard. Erratic drivers can be noticed and avoided by motorists, but shifting cargo inside a trailer is a hidden risk to travelers.

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