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June 2018 Archives

What safety hazards beset the Fourth of July weekend

Those in South Carolina who plan to travel during the Fourth of July holiday period will want to be more safety-conscious than usual. According to Esurance and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, July 4 sees the highest number of fatal car crashes of all the days in the year. Every year between June 30 and July 4, there are approximately 200 traffic deaths across America. About 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 occurred during the same five-day period.

Drugs leading to more fatal car crashes, says GHSA

The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report on drugged driving that may be of interest to drivers in South Carolina. After analyzing fatal car crash data in 2016, the association found that 44 percent of fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs tested positive. This is a 16 percent increase from 2006.

The use of permanent absence of voltage testers

Workers in South Carolina who are electricians or who work with electricity may use permanent electrical safety devices. This is used when performing an absence of voltage test and helps increase the likelihood that people will only be exposed to zero voltage. After years of its successful use, the safety organization UL has made a product specification for a permanently mounted absence of voltage testers.

Keeping sanitation workers safe

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2016, collectors of refuse and recyclable material had the fifth highest fatal injury rates among employees in civilian occupations. Their fatality risk was 10 times greater than that of most other workers. Seven sanitation workers died in the first 10 days of 2018 alone according to the Solid Waste Association of North America. Workers in South Carolina may wonder what is being done to reduce fatalities in this industry.

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