Deadly Tractor-Trailer Crashes Are on the Rise in the U.S.

Deadly Tractor-Trailer Crashes Are on the Rise in the U.S.

Crashes involving large trucks are almost always more serious than those involving only cars, pickups or SUVs. Because of the size of these trucks, they can do more significant damage, especially when they collide with a smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, the incidence of large truck crashes has been increasing in recent years. Just in 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that deaths from large truck crashes totaled more than 4,300,...
The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

A recent Massachusetts labor report revealed an alarming truth: Construction workers are six times more likely than other workers to die from overdose of an opioid prescribed after an on-the-job injury. This finding shows that companies in dangerous injuries such as construction need to do more to ensure worker safety, safety advocates warn. The report was released this month by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and it established...
Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees

Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees

Many healthcare workers could be contaminating themselves and the places in which they work by failing to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and to follow protocol to prevent infections, according to a study last month from the University of Utah and University of Michigan. Researchers performed 325 observations of healthcare workers over a year and watched employee behavior inside and outside the rooms of patients. Observations showed there were...
The Hands-Free Era in Georgia Is Well-Underway

The Hands-Free Era in Georgia Is Well-Underway

The first month of the Georgia-Hands Free Law is in the books. As of July 1, 2018, there were more than 900 traffic tickets doled out to drivers who were talking or texting on a cell phone. But according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, more citations could be forthcoming soon: They have just started cracking down on violators. The sheriff’s office stated that it wanted to give drivers...
Drive Safely Around Those School Buses

Drive Safely Around Those School Buses

Summer is drawing to a close. Children are going back to school, and the lives of families can get hectic. It is important to ensure that all children are safe as they are going to and from school. Whether children are walking or riding the bus or a bike, everyone needs to use extra care to make certain that everyone gets where they need to go safely. Each year,...
Are Rideshare Companies Asleep at the Wheel on Driver Fatigue?

Are Rideshare Companies Asleep at the Wheel on Driver Fatigue?

More Americans use popular rideshare services these days to get where they need to go. Lyft, Uber and others are an affordable and efficient way to get around, and you can save gas money and wear and tear on your vehicle. But there are problems with rideshare companies that many people do not consider. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine determined that driver fatigue...
Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Disease cases due to bites from mosquitos, ticks and flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016 in the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Outdoor workers are at higher risk for serious health problems from these insect bites. The CDC stated that cases of serious domestic diseases, such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme and plague occurred more than 640,000 times in this time period....
Department of Labor Considers Allowing Younger Workers to Do Hazardous Jobs

Department of Labor Considers Allowing Younger Workers to Do Hazardous Jobs

A top Democratic congressman is asking tough questions about why the Department of Labor is considering an expansion of hazardous jobs that 16- and 17-year-olds can do. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who also is deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, penned a letter to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta in May about the proposed rule on the Spring 2018 agenda for the agency called ‘Expanding Apprenticeship and...
Remember These Summertime Workplace Dangers

Remember These Summertime Workplace Dangers

We are in the heat of summer in Georgia, with mid-day temperatures sometimes soaring into the 90s and beyond. Even though temperatures are high, some Georgia workers still must work outside for long periods. According to a recent OSHA fact sheet, it is important for Georgia workers to remember the dangers of over-extending themselves in the heat. Also, remember that your employer has an obligation to ensure its workers...