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May 2019 Archives

Workplace deaths, illnesses the subject of AFL-CIO report

Workers in Connecticut may know that April 22 to 29, 2019, was Workers' Memorial Week. During that week, the AFL-CIO released a report on workplace injuries, fatalities and illnesses, saying that companies need to be more aware of the hazards faced every day by workers. The National Safety Council, recognizing the same dangers, has even asked Americans to go online and take its Safe at Work Pledge.

Study compares light to heavy rain impact on car crash risk

Connecticut drivers experience changing weather conditions year-round. Although snow may be the weather condition that makes drivers the most cautious, rain can be dangerous too. A recent study reported by the American Meteorological Society compared light rain, moderate rain and heavy rain conditions as they relate to car crash risk. According to the findings, even light rain or a drizzle can increase the risk of a car crash by 27%.

Semi-truck crashes rise, but safety tech may be the answer

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that in 2017, there were 34,439 fatal crashes in Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. Of these, 4,079 involved at least one large truck or bus. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that 72 percent of all fatalities in truck crashes are the occupants of passenger vehicles.

NIOSH publishes revised fall-prevention fact sheet

Construction workers in Connecticut have a dangerous job. That's why federal agencies including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration devote significant resources to preventing construction site accidents. However, falls, many of which are preventable, remain a thorny problem for federal safety agencies and construction companies. In fact, falls are the leading cause of on-the-job construction worker deaths.

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