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January 2017 Archives

Modern electrical equipment can help prevent arc flash events

Arc flash events are among the most serious hazards faced by electrical workers in West Virginia and throughout the United States. When workers are using electrical equipment that is capable of producing extremely high levels of heat and pressure, safety precautions must be taken to prevent arc flash events. Such incidents can be as hot as 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit and lead to electrical explosions.

Accident on I-79 in West Virginia injures 6

An accident on Interstate 79 in West Virginia on Jan. 16 left five passenger vehicle occupants and a Marion County Deputy injured. After undergoing surgery to treat a badly injured leg, the deputy was listed in stable condition. The five vehicle occupants have all been released by a Morgantown hospital. A 17-year-old driver has been charged in connection with the crash, which took place on the southbound lanes of I-79 near East Fairmont at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Controlling occupational hazardous energy

Many West Virginia employees frequently work around hazardous energy, which is challenging for employers to keep under control. In fact, hazardous energy is the cause of about 10 percent of all serious occupational accidents, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Those who are injured from hazardous energy at the workplace generally miss about 24 workdays while they are recovering.

Truck speed-limiting debate: ongoing into the new administration

While driving your passenger vehicle out on West Virginia freeways, would you prefer to see all commercial trucks in your vicinity -- in fact, all such vehicles operating anywhere within the state -- controlled in their ability to speed by technology that limits them to, say, 60 or 65 miles per hour?

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