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July 2019 Archives

IIHS calls for improvements to rear seat safety

Rear seats used to be safer than front seats, but that was back in the 1990s. Connecticut residents should be aware that rear-seat safety has been lagging behind front seats. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has labeled rear seats a danger. However, there are various ways that the safety of rear seats can be improved.

Women at higher risk than men for car crash injuries

Connecticut women run a higher risk than men for serious injuries in the wake of a car accident. In fact, a study from the University of Virginia has calculated a woman's risk as being 73% higher than a man's. Drivers in Connecticut may be curious about the reasons for this phenomenon. There are two main factors.

DOL audit suggests workplace injuries often go unreported

After conducting an audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's workplace accident reporting process, the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General concluded that severe on-the-job injuries may go unreported half of the time. OSHA introduced stringent new reporting standards in January 2015, but the OIG audit suggests that many employers in Connecticut and around the country either do not know what kinds of injuries they are required to report or ignore the rules.

Construction industry faces these five hazards in the summer

The heat of summer puts construction workers in Connecticut and across the U.S. in danger. First, there is the risk of fatigue, which can lead to workers being inattentive and making bad judgments. Second, there is the possibility of developing a heat-related illness like heat rash or even heat stroke. Two other risks are dehydration and complications arising from overlong exposure to the sun.

OSHA: prevent heat-related illness in the summer

Summer, in Connecticut and across the U.S., puts both indoor and outdoor workers at risk for heat-related illnesses. OSHA requires employers to have a heat illness prevention program in place if their employees are exposed to high temperatures. This program must incorporate three things: water, rest breaks and shade.

Regulation rollbacks may put more tired truckers on roads

For drivers in Connecticut, regulatory changes at the Department of Transportation (DOT) may spark greater concern about roadway safety. Reports indicate that the DOT is planning to loosen regulations that restrict the number of hours truck drivers can work at one time. Called hours-of-service regulations, the current law limits truckers to driving 11 hours within a 14-hour shift. Before driving again, they must take at least 10 hours off the clock. Truckers who are caught violating these rules may be taken out of service, preventing them from working and receiving pay.

DUI-related deaths often pique on July Fourth

Connecticut residents may not be surprised to hear that the holidays see more drunk driving deaths. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a program that collects data for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the worst holiday for DUI deaths is the Fourth of July.

GAO report highlights dangers on DOD construction projects

Construction workers in Connecticut and around the country have some of the nation's most dangerous jobs, but advances in life-saving equipment, stricter regulations and a greater focus on safety in both the private and public sectors have made building sites far safer in recent years. However, a recent study from the Government Accountability Office reveals that these benefits are not always enjoyed by construction workers on Department of Defense projects.

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