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December 2017 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top workplace safety violations in 2017

Some of the most common safety violations that West Virginia employees see in the workplace are related to fall protection. This is according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has released a list of the 10 most common workplace safety violations that occurred from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

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