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October 2018 Archives

OSHA kicks off trenching and excavation safety program

On Oct. 1, OSHA kicked off its National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation safety. With the NEP comes certain changes that employers in South Carolina will want to be aware of. Employers will also want to review OSHA's Trenching and Excavation Quick Card, which lays out the basics of trenching safety.

Halloween and the threat of drunk or reckless drivers

Aside from ghosts and goblins, there are real dangers to Halloween. Among the biggest threats are drunk or reckless drivers. South Carolina residents who intend to party on Halloween or have children who will be trick-or-treating should consider the following safety tips from AAA.

Public remain skeptical about self-driving cars

Several car manufacturers have promised to introduce a fully autonomous car within the next five years, and many models currently on sale are equipped with autonomous and semi-autonomous accident prevention systems. However, the results of a recent poll conducted by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the research firm J.D. Power and Associates suggest that drivers in South Carolina and around the country remain skeptical about the safety benefits of self-driving cars.

Foot injuries on the job can be painfully damaging

Workers in South Carolina may be concerned about the potential for serious foot injuries on the job. Many employees frequently lift heavy items, walk long distances or stand for lengthy periods. While each of these tasks may ordinarily seem unremarkable, workers could eventually develop disabling injuries that begin in the feet and can affect the knees, hips or spine. Because of the importance of standing and walking for many jobs, a foot injury can cause workers to lose time from the job or even the ability to continue in their current employment.

NTSB lists ways to enhance motorcycle safety

The National Transportation Safety Board has a report out that should be of interest to both drivers and motorcyclists in South Carolina. After studying federal crash data, the agency found that many high-risk traffic situations between the two could be avoided if drivers were better able to detect motorcyclists when entering a road, crossing it or changing lanes. It's especially important to prevent accidents where vehicles turn left in front of a motorcycle.

NEP for excavation updated for better safety enforcement

On October 1, 2018, OSHA's revised National Emphasis Program for trenching and excavation went into effect. The revision came as a response to the increasing number of worker deaths and injuries during trenching and excavation operations. South Carolina residents who work in the private construction industry should know that 104 out of the 130 excavation fatalities that OSHA recorded between 2011 and 2016 occurred in their industry.

Federal agency concludes worker deaths and injuries underreported

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers in South Carolina to report workplace fatalities and severe injuries within 24 hours. When the Office of Inspector General investigated these serious incidents, it determined that deadly and serious workplace accidents were widely underreported.

AAA reports on drivers' overreliance on safety tech

Residents of South Carolina who are concerned about the effects of vehicle safety technology on driving behaviors will want to know about a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It states that people are relying too heavily on driver assistance systems and, as a result, are putting themselves and others at risk.

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