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July 2018 Archives

How data analysis and new tech reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving is more prevalent than some people in South Carolina may think. According to data analytics firm Zendrive, 60 percent of drivers in America use their phones behind the wheel at least once a day. This is only the beginning as drivers can distract themselves by eating, adjusting the radio or simply talking to a passenger. Distracted driving accidents often result in severe injuries and vehicle damage.

Petition to OSHA details provisions for heat stress standards

South Carolina, like most states, has not instituted any protective heat standards for indoor and outdoor workers. OSHA has established no federal standards either, but 130 groups recently came together petitioning the organization to begin the rulemaking process for such standards. The groups also laid out several provisions that they believe should be included in the provisions.

BLS: trucking incurs the most fatalities of any industry in 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report in December 2017 that provides some important data on fatal work injuries during the year 2016. Truck and sales drivers in South Carolina should know that the industry they work in experienced the highest number of fatalities of any industry that year: 918 in all. This can be startling considering that the industry with the second-highest number, farming, incurred 260 deaths.

Truck drivers see more fatalities than any other industry

According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released in December 2017, there were 5,190 work fatalities in the U.S. in 2016. This represents a 7 percent increase from 2015. As for which industries were the most hazardous, the Bureau found that the trucking industry saw the most fatalities: 918 in all that year. The second highest number was in the farming industry with 260 reported deaths. South Carolina residents may want to know about the other figures that are included in the report.

Fast production in meat plants linked to high worker injury rates

When consumers in South Carolina sit down to a meal of beef or pork, the labor that went into slaughtering and processing the meat is invisible to them. Currently, workplace regulations limit pork plants to processing 1,106 pigs per hour, but government regulators are thinking about removing the speed limit. A representative from the Food Integrity Campaign said that faster line speeds raise the dangers for workers. Substantial dangers already loom large over workers in the meat processing industry. These workers have a threefold chance of serious injuries compared to workers in other industries.

Safety tips for preventing heat stroke at outdoor worksites

Heat and humidity are part of life in South Carolina. Unfortunately, this means that outdoor workers in the state have a heightened risk for heat stroke, a serious and potentially fatal condition. Heat strokes can strike workers even in weather that only reaches the high 80s. Late spring and early summer heat waves present the greatest risks because people might not be acclimated to higher temperatures or mindful of the dangers. Fortunately, employers and supervisors have many strategies to call upon to prevent heat strokes or catch them early.

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