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July 2017 Archives

Sleep apnea rule discarded

Motorists in West Virginia and other parts of the country might be waiting to find out whether truckers will ever be tested for sleep apnea. The Department of Transportation decided to discard the proposed requirement in June. This decision will affect truck drivers who might have been tested for the affliction due to factors that influence their health such as age, BMI, and blood pressure. Instead of waiting to find out who would pay for medical tests and certifications that would allow them to continue working, truckers will not have to be tested at this point.

Hard hats to become like mountain climbing and sports helmets

West Virginia workers on jobs where objects could fall or fly around face a risk of serious injuries. Because of this, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requires protective helmets for these workers. A typical hard hat has an interior support that separates the skull from the outside of the hat, which could diffuse and limit the impact of an object on the wearer. Now some construction companies are seeking to improve upon the design of workers' protective gear by adapting technology used in helmets for mountain climbers and other athletes.

Booming economy blamed for surge in traffic accident deaths

Falling energy prices and favorable economic conditions have led to an increase in vehicular traffic in West Virginia and around the country. More Americans on the nation's roads means more traffic accidents, and fatal crashes have increased alarmingly after decades of steady decline. Economists believe that new jobs will continue to be created and fuel prices will remain low, and this has road safety advocacy groups worried.

July 4th deadly holiday for drivers

Our nation's birthday is a time of celebration, backyard bar-b-cues and spectacular fireworks. It also has the dubious honor of being one of the deadliest days for drivers. As drivers pack the roads of West Virginia on the way to their various holiday destinations, it is important to keep in mind how to stay safe and what to do if an accident occurs.

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