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December 2018 Archives

Chemical workers face dangers on the job

South Carolina workers in chemical manufacturing may be worried about the danger posed by workplace accidents and injuries. Accidents at a chemical plant could cause serious injuries and toxic exposure that can lead to lifelong disabilities. Workers are regularly exposed to hazardous and toxic chemicals, and without proper and safe handling, an accident can be fatal. Preventative measures are particularly important to avoid some of the most common injuries suffered by employees in chemical manufacturing.

Tactics for dealing with aggressive drivers

Heavy traffic has a way of upsetting some drivers in South Carolina. Anyone might encounter one of these angry and aggressive motorists who is overcome by road rage. They might tailgate and honk and flash their high beams in an effort to force a slower driver aside. Road raging drivers might also cut people off in traffic or steal parking spaces. For the sake of safety, the offended parties should strive to stay calm around angry drivers.

Legislation aims to cut risk of fatal truck crashes

Many South Carolina motorists are concerned about underride crashes, car accidents that take place when a car is trapped beneath a semi-trailer or other large truck. These crashes are often catastrophic, and hundreds of people lose their lives each year in this type of accident. Several federal lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill, the Stop Underrides Act of 2017, aimed at preventing these often-fatal collisions. The legislation would mandate that large trucks have underride guards on their sides and front. In addition, it would revise standards for rear underride guards.

External airbags lessen occupant injury by 40 percent

External airbags are an emerging vehicle safety feature that South Carolina residents should know about. While they are far from being implemented on vehicles, the advantages they offer may prompt more car parts manufacturers to create a strategy for developing them. ZF, which has developed its own model of external airbags, says that the feature can reduce the severity of occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent.

Teenager killed in a car accident

South Carolina residents who have been injured as a result of a car accident may be aware of a tragedy being investigated in Greenville County. A three-vehicle collision involving a stolen car resulted in the death of one teenager and the hospitalization of three other people. The teenager died at the scene of the crash, which occurred in front of a Target shopping plaza. The coroner stated that the deceased was wearing a seat belt. An autopsy revealed that he died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head, neck and chest.

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