Are Your Robot Co-Workers a Threat to Your Safety?

Are Your Robot Co-Workers a Threat to Your Safety?

Works of fiction often portray robots working alongside humans in a sometimes harmonious and other times not so harmonious way. In the real world, industrial robots have been a major contributor to the American workplace for years. According to the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), more than 250,000 such robots had been installed in the U.S. as of 2017. These sophisticated machines bear little resemblance to what we read about...
Why Motorcycle Safety Month Should Matter to All Drivers

Why Motorcycle Safety Month Should Matter to All Drivers

When the weather warms in spring across Georgia and the South, motorcycles are everywhere on our roads.  That is why May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month with warm, sunny weather is an appropriate time to remind all drivers to be on the alert for motorcyclists. With so much motorcycle traffic on the roads, serious accidents are more likely. In 2016, 4,976 motorcycle drivers and...
How Safe Would Your Workplace Be in a Tornado?

How Safe Would Your Workplace Be in a Tornado?

It is spring time in the United States. This is considered the tornado season for much of the country, but twisters can happen at any time, experts say. It is estimated that there are 1,200 tornadoes per year in the US, and 70 people on average die from them, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Twisters can wreak havoc in all 50 states, but they are especially...
Is It Time for Georgia Drivers to Go Hands-Free?

Is It Time for Georgia Drivers to Go Hands-Free?

It appears that Georgia drivers may soon be required to go hands-free with their mobile devices while driving, if the Hands-Free Georgia Act becomes law. Proposed recently by State Representative John Carson (District 46), HB 673 would outlaw drivers from holding or supporting their cell phone or mobile device while driving. It also would ban drivers from texting, watching YouTube, recording a video, streaming Netflix or looking at social...
OSHA Fines Goodyear for Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA Fines Goodyear for Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA recently levied a $70,000 fine against a Georgia Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant for failing to follow federal workplace safety rules that presented danger to workers. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors handed seven serious citations to Goodyear in January 2018 after an audit of its factory in Social Circle. According to the inspection report, inspectors found the following violations: Failure to provide safety and protective gear...
Mann Blog – a Cautionary Tale for Self-Driving Cars

Mann Blog – a Cautionary Tale for Self-Driving Cars

If you have read national news in the past few weeks, you probably heard about the fatal self-driving Uber car accident in Tempe, Arizona, that killed a pedestrian. It is thought to be the first fatality caused by a fully autonomous vehicle. As self-driving cars become more common, it will be important for drivers and pedestrians to understand the risks and issues involved with these controversial vehicles. They will...
Find out Where Milledgville and Warner Robins Rank in Georgia Safest City Rankings

Find out Where Milledgville and Warner Robins Rank in Georgia Safest City Rankings

Georgia is known in some quarters as the Empire of the South. It is famous for delicious peaches, aviation, the corporate HQ of Coca-Cola, and much more. Like many states in the southeast U.S., crime statistics in Georgia are generally higher than the national average. According to a survey by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, the Peach State’s 3.98 reported violent crimes per 1,000 people put...
How Unintentional Injuries are Causing More Deaths in the US

How Unintentional Injuries are Causing More Deaths in the US

Unintentional injuries killed 161,374 people in 2016, becoming the #3 leading cause of death in the U.S. for the first time in recorded history, according to a recent analysis by the National Safety Council (NSC). The data reveals that an American suffers an accidental injury every second, and one is killed every three minutes due to some type of preventable event; some of these events include drug overdoses, car...
Over Half of Construction Workers Killed By Falls Had No Protection

Over Half of Construction Workers Killed By Falls Had No Protection

New research shows that over a 33-year period falls on the job accounted for almost 50% of construction worker fatalities. Additionally, more than half of the workers who died did not have access to fall protection, according to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). Researchers culled data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program. They found fatality reports for nearly 770 construction accident deaths and...
An Already Understaffed OSHA Sees Decline in Inspectors

An Already Understaffed OSHA Sees Decline in Inspectors

The numbers of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) inspectors has fallen under President Trump’s administration, according to statistics obtained by NBC News. This raises questions about how serious the government is about protecting workers across the United States. In the months after Trump took office, OSHA lost 40 workplace safety inspectors through attrition. It made no new hires to fill the inspector vacancies as of early October 2017, according...