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August 2017 Archives

Data shows accident avoidance systems help prevent car crashes

West Virginia drivers may be interested to learn that lane departure warnings and blind spot alerts can prevent car accidents, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, drivers and vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. have been slow to adopt these safety alert systems.

Significant barriers confront driverless cars

The mountain roads of West Virginia challenge drivers every day, but the future might replace human drivers with fully automated cars navigated by computers. Large corporations like General Motors, Intel, Google and Apple have been investing billions in driverless cars and touting their safety potential. Despite their optimistic predictions, however, multiple barriers could slow the replacement of human drivers.

Study finds few safety reporting improvements

Each year, many West Virginians are seriously injured while they are working on the job. When this happens, they and their families endure serious financial repercussions. The companies at which the workers are employed also suffer financial losses as a result. Despite this, a study shows that few improvements have been made by sustainable corporations in their safety and health reporting and compliance.

Does the company culture at your new job include discrimination?

Imagine starting a new job in Charleston. On paper, it is your dream job. The pay is good, the benefits are excellent and it is in a field with which you have plenty of experience. However, after a few days, the company begins to lose its shine and your rose-colored glasses do not seem to be working quite so well.

OSHA fact sheet for confined spaces

Construction workers in West Virginia should be aware of a fact sheet issued by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. The document is intended to help residential construction companies adhere to the safety standards for confined spaces. The National Association of Home Builders assisted with the development of the fact sheet.

When you see a drunk driver, follow these tips

Drunk driving is not a problem just in Charleston, but is responsible for a significant number of traffic accidents across the country. Sometimes it is almost impossible to avoid becoming a victim of a drunk driver. They can come out of nowhere, driving on the wrong side of the road or suddenly pulling out into traffic from a side street. It is the lack of the ability to anticipate a drunk driver that makes them even more dangerous.

Device in development wakes up drowsy drivers with a shock

West Virginia motorists who consider themselves to be responsible drivers could still be in danger of making a mistake that most people aren't aware of when they do it, which is falling asleep behind the wheel. Fatigued driving is a serious problem in the United States that can have deadly consequences, and that is why one company has started a Kickstarter fund for a device it is developing that will literally shock sleepy drivers to wake them up.

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