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April 2017 Archives

Hazards associated with confined spaces

West Virginia employees whose jobs require them to work in a confined space may face a heightened risk of injury or death. OSHA defines a confined space as a space that is large enough for a person to enter, is not intended for continuous occupancy and has a limited number of ways to enter or exit. Ducts, pipelines and sewers are common examples of confined spaces that workers may perform tasks in or around.

Injuries at West Virginia chemical plants

When people work at chemical plants, there are a variety of ways that they can be injured. Chemicals can be very dangerous. In addition to harm that someone can suffer by coming into direct contact with them, many chemicals emit harmful fumes. Additionally, there are dangers associated with using equipment or tripping and falling.

Family awareness of workplace safety

Most West Virginia families take for granted that their loved ones will be coming home after a hard day's work. The reality is that 4,836 work fatalities occurred around the country in 2015. That means nearly five thousand loved ones didn't return home to their families as expected that year. Since fatal work-related accidents can strike without warning, families would do well to be aware of how they should handle such an unfortunate event so they are compensated appropriately for their loss.

Large trucks involved in greater numbers of fatal accidents

Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that there was a significant rise in the number of fatal truck accidents per 100 million miles driven as well as the number of large trucks involved in them. The agency's statistics for 2015 indicate that of the 415,000 accidents involving large trucks that were reported to police that year, many of which took place in West Virginia, 1 percent were deadly.

Bicyclists at risk of serious injuries due to motor vehicles

Most people start bicycling as a way to improve their health. It's a great form of exercise and can be a quick and cost-effective way to commute to work or social obligations. For some people, however, biking can result in injuries or even death. West Virginia is actually one of the best ranked states for bicyclist fatalities. However, this doesn't mean that serious accidents involving bicyclists hurt by motor vehicle drivers don't happen regularly.

1 in 3 drivers are guilty of distracted driving

West Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that nearly 90 percent of young millennials committed at least one dangerous activity while driving, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, the report further found that drivers in the age group of 19 to 24 think that their risky driving actions are normal.

How head injuries may be impacted by the brain's membrane

When a West Virginia resident becomes involved in an automobile accident, the membranes that surround the brain help to reduce the forces, potentially protecting against a potential brain injury. While there have been many studies that have looked at how the membranes affect the severity of a resulting brain injury, the exact mechanisms are still not known.

Hazardous labeling change could increase risk of work injury

New standards for classifying hazardous materials were adopted by OSHA from the UN's Globally Harmonized System, and this could have resulted in West Virginia workers exposed to previously classified but now off-label products. To protect against the risk of work injury for products that are not classified by the GHS, OSHA demands that all items previously classified but now falling outside the system be placed in the new 'Hazard Not Otherwise Classified" category.

Driving defensively to avoid a distracted driving crash

Although it is likely that West Virginia motorists are aware of distracted driving, they may not realize how much of a problem it has become. In fact, several studies have shown that distracted driving may actually be more dangerous than drunk driving. As such, it is important that people understand the risks of distracted driving and make efforts to drive safely at all times.

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