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June 2019 Archives

Estimates indicate truck accident fatalities increased

According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the 2018 statistics are finalized, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving at least one semi-truck will show a 3% increase. A preliminary NHTSA report indicates that the number of car accident fatalities fell from 2017 to 2018 by 1% even though the total number of miles traveled increased by .4%. Drivers should be aware of large trucks on Connecticut roadways as truck accidents tend to be more severe than other motor vehicle crashes.

OSHA's top safety violations for 2018

Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a list of the top safety violations in Connecticut and around the country. At the top of the list for 2018 was fall protections which mostly relate to the construction industry. Employers need to make sure that there are protections in place whether an employee is using a small ladder to reach something on a shelf or is working on a roof. Guard rails, toeboards, floor holes, and other features are standard.

Nurses face a multitude of injury risks at work

For a nurse, the workplace isn't just somewhere to earn a paycheck or help those who need it. It's also a place where they could very easily suffer serious or even life-changing injuries. This profession can be far more dangerous than a lot of people realize, and it is important to shed some light on the risks.

Reducing workers' risk for heat-related illnesses

Heat-related illnesses cause more than 1,300 workers' deaths every year in Connecticut and across the U.S., according to the EPA. Heat, not just from the sun but also from machinery and from layers of personal protective equipment, is something that every employer must address whether the employees work indoors or outdoors. Below are some tips.

Nursing home negligence will only become worse in an aging U.S.

There are currently about 16,000 nursing homes in Connecticut and across the U.S., and these care for a total of 1.4 million residents. These numbers are certain to rise, though. It is expected that the population of seniors 65 and up will nearly double from 47.8 million to 88 million by the year 2050.

Five steps toward a safer loading dock

The loading of docks, whether they are exterior or enclosed, is the center of action in any warehouse or distribution center. Due to the constant loading and unloading and the presence of forklifts and other equipment, these areas raise several safety concerns that employers in Connecticut would do well to not ignore. By following the tips below, they may be able to reduce the number of loading dock accidents and injuries.

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