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March 2019 Archives

Study finds most farm machinery reaches vibration limits

South Carolina agricultural workers could be experiencing elevated whole-body vibration levels while operating farm machinery, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Iowa, has been recently published in the journal Annals of Work Exposures and Health.

Semi-truck accident fatalities on the rise

South Carolina drivers will likely be interested in learning about the effect that large truck crashes are having in the United States. In 2017, 4,102 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks. Seventeen percent of the fatalities were the occupants of the truck. Fourteen percent of the fatalities were pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists. Sixty-eight percent of the fatalities were occupants of cars or passenger vehicles. These statistics represent a 28 percent increase in large truck-related crashes when compared to 2009.

Highway work zone wrecks 29 times likelier for distracted drivers

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that drivers who are distracted for any length of time are 29 times more likely to get in a crash or near-collision in a highway work zone. The distractions in question can be anything from calling or texting to talking with a passenger. South Carolina residents should know that this study has been published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Tesla's number of OSHA violations exceeds all its competitors

The Tesla production facility in Fremont, California, received a total of 54 OSHA violations between 2014 and 2018, according to Forbes. This accounts for 75 percent of all the OSHA violations in that period among the nation's top 10 auto plants. South Carolina residents may wonder why this is so.

Standardizing lockout-tagout for greater compliance

Employers in South Carolina know that lockout-tagout procedures are necessary on job sites where dangerous machinery or hazardous energy sources are present. Compliance with lockout-tagout has consistently appeared on OSHA's list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards, which means that employers need to do a lot more in this area to ensure the safety of their workers.

Advocacy groups urge Congress to mandate truck safety systems

Road safety advocacy groups in South Carolina and around the country have criticized the Department of Transportation's efforts to introduce rules designed to reduce truck accidents and save lives. They want trucking companies to switch on the speed limiters fitted to their vehicles and install emergency braking systems. The rules were proposed 12 years ago but have been mired in Congress ever since.

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