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The risks of not loading trucks properly

Overloading a truck can be dangerous for the driver and create excess wear on the vehicle. If a truck is too heavy, it could rollover, which may cause issues for occupants of other vehicles on West Virginia roads. It is also important to make sure that a load is properly distributed throughout the truck. If there is too much weight on a single axle, it could also increase the risk of an accident or increased damage.

There are many signs of damage to a truck including loose steering or uneven wear on the tires. A sagging rear end may also be a sign of excessive wear on a vehicle. It may be possible to reduce the odds of excessive wear by choosing the right vehicle for the job. Furthermore, managers may want to inspect a load to check for unnecessary items being placed inside of a truck.

Women: Don't be afraid to speak out about discrimination

You always realized you were the only female on the job, but you knew your work ethic and talents in the field helped secure your position. Working hard is a way of life for you, yet you can't help but feel that others aren't doing as much and are getting more opportunities.

You could be a victim of gender discrimination, which is a kind of discrimination that takes place when you're treated unfairly due to your sex. The law forbids employers from discriminating during any part of employment whether it's the hiring process or during promotions.

Dealing with aggressive drivers and road rage

In West Virginia and across the U.S., dealing with aggressive drivers on the road is a part of life for many people. Aggressive drivers will ride another person's bumper, cut cars off, steal parking spots and more. To keep them from endangering anyone else, drivers should consider these tips.

When drivers are being bullied on the highway so that they will move over, they should neither slow down nor speed up as this can block a passing lane and aggravate the other driver even more. People should instead put on their right blinker to keep the driver from passing on the right and then turn when it's safe to do so.

Guarding against the hazards of snow removal

West Virginia residents are no stranger to the hazards of snow removal. Something as fundamental as one's posture when lifting a load of snow can spell the difference between a tolerable winter and one spent in the hospital. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided some safety tips for everyone who works in the snow removal industry.

Businesses should first ensure that their employees receive enough fluids and break times as this will help keep away frostbite, hypothermia and other cold-weather conditions. Eye and head protection equipment is another must, especially when removing snow from rooftops and other elevated surfaces.

Two common causes of car accidents

West Virginia residents may be interested in learning that in 2016, more than 40,000 people lost their lives after becoming involved in serious car accidents. In fact, there are about 6 million car accidents every year in the U.S., any of which can easily result in fatalities or debilitating injuries.

About 11 percent of all car accidents are caused by drivers losing control of their vehicles. Part of the problem is that many people believe that their driving skills are better than they actually are. One classic study showed that 50 percent of drivers believed themselves to be in the top 20 percent when it came to driver safety and skills. Of these types of car accidents, 5 percent are caused by driving too aggressively and taking a sharp turn to fast. Another 2 percent were caused by failing to slow down when there is water on the road.

Meat and poultry worker safety the subject of a GAO report

The Government Accountability Office has released a report analyzing the ways that OSHA, together with the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, has been addressing safety concerns in the meat and poultry industry. West Virginia workers in this industry are probably aware of the dangers, which can include exposure to hazardous chemicals and fatigue from increased line speeds. Many are even denied the proper number of bathroom breaks.

OSHA, the report states, is faced with a major challenge: insufficient data to use for reference when addressing safety concerns. This is due to the fact that many employees in the meat and poultry industry are afraid of retaliation and wind up never reporting injuries and violations. However, new enforcement programs and reporting requirements have increased the number of annual OSHA inspections. Compared to 177 in 2005, the agency conducted 244 inspections in 2016.

Fighting discrimination as a 40-plus-year-old worker

You spent many years working at your job, and you've always been prepared for the day when that job may no longer be an option. What you didn't expect was to be let go from a business doing fine in the economy because you're one of the oldest workers there.

You understand that the business wants to cut costs, and getting rid of those who make the most money makes sense. The problem is that all the individuals laid off recently have been 40 years old or older. You're beginning to think it's not just about your salary, especially because there are individuals working there who make much more than you at a younger age.

Commuting to work could add to truck drivers' fatigue

Many people in West Virginia who earn their living as truck drivers sometimes put in many hours behind the wheel just to get to work. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning a survey that would explore the influence of long commutes that exceed 150 minutes on truck driver health and performance.

The agency wants to determine how many truck drivers have long commutes to work. The provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act have obligated the agency to collect this information and report it to Congress. This act originated after the high-profile trucking accident that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan. The truck driver in that fatal wreck had been working for 13 hours after commuting for 12 hours to begin his shift.

Staying safe while outside

West Virginia workers and others who work outside in the cold could suffer serious injuries from prolonged exposure to the elements. It may be possible to get frostbite or hypothermia from being outside for too long. As a general rule, a worker should spend 15 minutes indoors for every hour spent working outside. In addition to the actual air temperature, wind speed and moisture levels may also play a role in making outdoor work dangerous for an individual.

When temperatures drop to negative 20 degrees, exposed skin could freeze in as little as one minute if left exposed. However, if winds are gusting up to 20 miles per hour, exposed skin could freeze in one minute at temperatures of 10 degrees above zero. By dressing properly, workers can prevent exposed skin as well as limit the amount of moisture present on their bodies.

Knowing why truck accidents happen can keep you safe

As the driver of a motor vehicle, you know that you must follow the rules of the road in order to maintain your safety. If you don't, you are increasing the likelihood of being part of an accident.

Obviously, you have no control over other drivers. If they don't feel like obeying the rules of the road, they don't have to. As a result, you can find yourself in a compromising position.

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