Worried About Self Driving Cars? So Is the FBI

Worried About Self Driving Cars? So Is the FBI

Ample research demonstrates that self-driving cars can safely navigate America’s roads while preventing accidents caused by distraction or recklessness. They’re certainly not without fault, however. Many people are reluctant to cede control to an autonomous vehicle, no matter how promising the research. As it turns out, these fears may not be entirely misplaced. The FBI has, on numerous occasions, warned of the possible hazards of self-driving cars, including their...
Forget the Hard Hats — Construction Helmets Might be Safer

Forget the Hard Hats — Construction Helmets Might be Safer

Workplace safety is a critical component to any job. Some workplaces, such as construction sites, are inherently more dangerous than others, and as the times change, so does safety technology. However, the familiar hard hat has largely remained unchanged for 40 years. It’s essentially just a rigid shell with a brim and a suspended, adjustable headband attached on the inside. Seems as though an object meant to protect vital...
Speeding Causes 10,000 Deaths Every Year in U.S.

Speeding Causes 10,000 Deaths Every Year in U.S.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently completed a safety study on reducing speeding-related crashes. Among the study’s disturbing findings was the fact that in the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, speeding was linked to 112,580 highway fatalities, while drunk driving accounted for 112,948 deaths. In other words, speeding is as dangerous as driving drunk. The NTSB recommends fighting these disturbing trends with automated law enforcement for speeding...
TBI In the Workplace – Still a Major Concern

TBI In the Workplace – Still a Major Concern

What’s the most effective way to prevent a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Don’t hurt your head, obviously, but accidents happen — and so does negligence. Steel battle helmets worn by soldiers in World War I led to the use of hard hats in certain industries, but workers can’t simply wear hard hats all the time. Alarmingly, as much as 30 percent of injury deaths involve a TBI. Here in...
Remote Work Requires Shift in How We Think About Workplace Safety

Remote Work Requires Shift in How We Think About Workplace Safety

According to IDC Research, 72 percent of the U.S. workforce (over 100 million) will be mobile workers by 2020. As American workers become increasingly portable, companies are turning more attention to the issue of mobile, remote, and traveling worker safety. They’re discovering their security and safety challenges are less abstract and more real as fewer employees are permanent office workers and spend more productive time in the field for...
Teens Twice as Likely to be Injured on the Job

Teens Twice as Likely to be Injured on the Job

Working is a rite of passage. Finding a job, earning money, budgeting, time management, being responsible for your actions – having and maintaining a job as a teenager is a character building experience unlike any other. There are important, life-long lessons in understanding the value of a dollar earned, as well as of a job well done. Some families even depend on the income of their teenagers to help...
Young Workers Should Know of Rights and Dangers on the Job

Young Workers Should Know of Rights and Dangers on the Job

We want our young people to learn the value of hard work and smart money management early on. It’s the ambitious teenagers of today earning money after school, on weekends, and during summer vacations who will be running the workforce in a few short years. However, their lack of on-the-job experience makes them particularly vulnerable to workplace hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that in 2013,...
The U.S. Might Be Poised to Go Backwards on Workplace Safety

The U.S. Might Be Poised to Go Backwards on Workplace Safety

When we think of moving forward, we think of progress and advancement. Turns out, that’s not always the case. The simple passing of time does not guarantee forward movement, and many would argue that is nowhere more obvious than in government. Of particular concern recently is the treatment of worker protections and workplace safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revisited a few Obama-era rules in...
Injured Georgia Workers Aren’t Getting the Medical Care They Deserve

Injured Georgia Workers Aren’t Getting the Medical Care They Deserve

Workers’ compensation is something just about every employee is entitled to. Even part-time and seasonal workers are eligible for benefits. Basically, any time an employer is withholding taxes from someone’s pay, it is treating that person as an employee. Under Georgia law, an employee’s accidental injury is compensable for workers’ compensation if it arises out of and in the course of employment. However, some workers are finding that getting...
Cops Going Undercover to Detect Distracted Driving

Cops Going Undercover to Detect Distracted Driving

It is illegal to text while driving here in Georgia, even at red traffic lights. Drivers under the age of 18 are not permitted to use a phone at all while operating a vehicle. That doesn’t stop people from trying to feed their compulsion, however. In 2015, more than 3,470 people were killed and 391,000 people were injured in wrecks caused by distracted driving in the U.S. In Georgia...