Why Georgia Police Like the New Hands-Free Law

Why Georgia Police Like the New Hands-Free Law

Police departments throughout Georgia vowed in 2018 to really drop the hammer on texting and driving. They did exactly that. New data from the state shows that more than 8,000 traffic tickets were handed out by the Georgia State Patrol since the Hands-Free Law began on July 1, 2018. This was the most significant change in the traffic laws of the state in many years. According to Trooper Cory...
AAA Warns Hit-and-Run Deaths Have Hit a Record High

AAA Warns Hit-and-Run Deaths Have Hit a Record High

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals a shocking fact: More than one hit-and-run accident happens every minute on roads in the United States. These accidents caused 2,049 fatalities in 2016. This was the most on record and was a 60% increase in seven years. With so many hit-and-run crashes happening in the U.S. and Georgia, AAA warns drivers to be more alert as they...
Why Reporting Injuries Creates a Safer Work Environment

Why Reporting Injuries Creates a Safer Work Environment

It was reported on November 30 that OSHA’s attempts to mandate employers to report on work fatalities and certain serious injuries lack the guidance needed on how to pinpoint and prevent underreporting. This was according to the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General in a semiannual report to Congress. The November 2018 report included many of the same recommendations that were included in another report by the OIG...
The Top 10 OSHA Violations Reveals Dangers for Workers

The Top 10 OSHA Violations Reveals Dangers for Workers

In Georgia, some employers will tell workers to do jobs that they do not typically do. For example, a roofer may be told by their employer to clean a gutter or perform pressure washing. These jobs require eye and face safety equipment, but because the work is not typical for the employee, safety precautions may not have been taken and a workplace injury happens. This sort of situation is...
Across Georgia and U.S., Pedestrian Safety is a Major Concern

Across Georgia and U.S., Pedestrian Safety is a Major Concern

If you’ve seen any headlines about pedestrian safety over the past couple of years, then you’re probably concerned. Pedestrian deaths have increased dramatically, and experts have been looking for explanations. In 2017, NPR warned us, “Distraction, On Street And Sidewalk, Helps Cause Record Pedestrian Deaths.” They talked about an 11 percent increase in pedestrian deaths on U.S. roads. It was the biggest single-year jump in two decades. That’s unsettling,...
How to Make This Holiday Season as Safe Possible for Your Loved Ones

How to Make This Holiday Season as Safe Possible for Your Loved Ones

The holidays are usually a time of joy when we give our children toys that they have been waiting all year to receive. But there are some popular toys that we should not even consider giving to our little ones, toys that can actually be dangerous to their health. For example, imagine how excited your two-year-old will be when you hand her what looks like a plastic shiv and...
How Distraction Continues to Plague Work Zones in Georgia

How Distraction Continues to Plague Work Zones in Georgia

Georgia’s population continues to grow, and with that comes more traffic and construction. Building and maintaining roads in Georgia can be a very hazardous business, especially with so many people texting and driving. Statistics show that more than 3,300 people and 650 workers were killed in work zones across the country in the past five years. Also, more than 35,000 people each year are injured on job sites in...
Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Weekend

Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! The Thanksgiving meal is typically the largest one for many cooks every year. Getting the meal just right, particularly the bird, brings a good deal of pressure, whether or not you are experienced with cooking one. Below are some tips that can help to make your Thanksgiving meal both delicious and safe. Steps Before You Cook Your Turkey Check the labels carefully. The temperature...
7 out of 10 Workers Are Tired – Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

7 out of 10 Workers Are Tired – Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

A recent National Safety Council report found that 70% of employees – many of whom work in safety-critical jobs – are tired at work.  This enhances the risk of injuries and incidents on the job.  The report – Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks, and Recommendations – provides a summary of the results of two national surveys that were done of employers and employees. The report shows findings from...
Why You Should Care About Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Why You Should Care About Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Drowsy Driving Week runs from Nov. 4-11 this year and is a good reminder as the holidays approach of the vital importance of staying alert behind the wheel. The American Sleep Foundation reports that 50% of American adult drivers admit that they regularly drive when they feel tired. Approximately 20% admit to nodding off while driving in the last year. At least 40% said this...