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September 2018 Archives

Drivers overestimate their own driving skills

South Carolina is made up of all different kinds of people, and the great majority of them think they're good drivers. It's a quirk of human psychology that most people think they have above-average driving skills when, in fact, not everyone can be an above-average driver. The study that first identified this quirk took place more than 50 years ago. It has been repeated and reconfirmed many times since then.

Hydroplaning: its causes and how to avoid it

South Carolina drivers know that when the rainy season hits, they run the risk of hydroplaning on the road. This occurs when the tires encounter more water on the road then they can handle. The water pressure in front of the tires pushes that water underneath, creating a thin layer of water between the tires and the road. The wheels are essentially floating above the road. The thicker that layer becomes, the more traction that is lost by the tires.

Five leading causes of construction worker deaths

Construction workers in South Carolina, as elsewhere, are at a high risk for on-the-job accidents, many of which can be fatal. About 20 percent of all private sector employee deaths are composed of construction site accidents. OSHA stated that 1,000 construction deaths occurred in 2016 and that 60 percent of them were preventable. These are the five leading causes of construction deaths.

Eye injuries, and how workers can prevent them

Workers in South Carolina are probably no strangers to eye injuries. Every day in the U.S., there are about 2,000 cases of workers sustaining job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. Approximately one-third of these injuries are treated in emergency departments, and over 100 of them result in at least one day off from work.

Law enforcement and OSHA investigating deadly scaffold collapse

Construction workers in South Carolina who work in high places know that many safety rules must be followed to prevent falls. Authorities at the construction site of the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort are continuing to look for the cause of a scaffold collapse that killed two men August 29. The local sheriff's office has started a death investigation. A spokeswoman for the department said that they want to be certain that it was an accident.

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