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...
A Cautionary Tale for Self-Driving Cars

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...
Aggressive Driving Laws Plus a Few Safety Tips

Aggressive Driving Laws Plus a Few Safety Tips

Readers probably recall hearing back in the 1990s about ‘road rage,’ the new term for aggressive driving. An increasing trend of reckless, aggressive driving in the U.S. caused Georgia and other states to pass laws targeting ‘road rage.’ Since those days, the issue has faded from headlines. Aggressive driving is of course still common across Georgia; who doesn’t recall another driver flashing their lights at them, ‘flipping them the...
Will Sidewalks Make Hollingsworth Road Safer for Pedestrians?

Will Sidewalks Make Hollingsworth Road Safer for Pedestrians?

If you are a pedestrian around Macon’s Hollingsworth Road, you know this can be a hazardous spot. Fortunately, new sidewalks are coming to the road to increase public safety. Bibb County, Georgia, commissioners recently approved addition of a sidewalk on the busy road between Log Cabin Drive and Robinson Road. At least one local resident is glad of the coming change. Marcus Thomas stated in a recent newspaper article...
Too Many Georgia Workers Not Getting Protection They Deserve

Too Many Georgia Workers Not Getting Protection They Deserve

The state of healthcare at the national level is up in the air, but candidates to be the next Georgia governor have been making their views on healthcare for the state clearer in recent months. Recently, Democratic State Rep. Stacey Evans  claimed thousands of workers in Georgia are being misclassified as independent contractors. This means their employers may deny them benefits, including disability, healthcare and other vital worker benefits....
When A Bar is Responsible for Bar Fights

When A Bar is Responsible for Bar Fights

It is not unusual for the consumption of alcohol to lead to disagreements or fights in a bar or restaurant. These altercations can lead to serious injuries, and even death in rare cases. Premises Liability Law in Georgia A key issue to consider in a bar fight is whether the establishment is liable for negligent security under the premises liability law in Georgia. If the bar had security personnel...
Screening for Trucker Sleep Apnea Halted – Unfortunately

Screening for Trucker Sleep Apnea Halted – Unfortunately

Accidents involving large trucks are a significant problem in the United States. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that 3,852 people died in accidents involving large trucks in 2015 alone. Because of the difference in size and weight of vehicles, along with other factors, almost 70% of these fatalities were in passenger vehicles. Another 16% were in the trucks themselves, with the remaining victims being pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists....
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...
The Importance of Job Safety Analysis

The Importance of Job Safety Analysis

Because not all on-the-job hazards are equal, hazard controls must be developed to address each one’s unique dangers. While some measures are more effective than others at reducing the risk, the work task must be assessed before the safest way to complete it can be identified. That’s where job safety analysis (JSA) comes in. Also referred to as job hazard analysis (JHA), Field-Level Risk Assessment, and Pre-Task Analysis, this...
Parents Should Be Wary of Inflatable Beds

Parents Should Be Wary of Inflatable Beds

With a price tag starting around $20, inflatable beds can be found in many homes today. They take up minimal room when deflated, and serve as comfortable, easy-to-prepare arrangements for guests, kids’ sleepovers, or family movie night. Some people are even choosing to use inflatable mattresses as their everyday beds. They are especially popular with low-income families who have had to find creative and/or inexpensive alternatives to traditional mattresses...