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December 2017 Archives

How to keep workers safe near a dock

Roughly a quarter of warehouse injuries occur on a loading dock. Therefore, those who work on docks in North Carolina or elsewhere may need to be cognizant of their surroundings. Injuries may occur when a truck separates from a dock or a forklift falls off the dock. While simply closing dock doors when they are not in use may be a valid safety measure, it may present issues from a ventilation standpoint.

Common reasons for car crashes

Most people living in North Carolina today will experience a car crash at some point during their lives. Most of the accidents are minor, but in 2016 alone, there were more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. caused by car accidents. Scientists have been working to understand why car accidents happen to hopefully make roadways safer for everyone.

Drivers urged to stay sober over holidays

North Carolina residents may be familiar with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. It aims to increase driver awareness of the dangers related to driving drunk or otherwise under the influence. It is being run during the Christmas and New Year holiday period as it is one of the busiest for travelers. According to the NHTSA, there have been an average of 300 drunk driving fatalities between Christmas and New Year's Day over the past five years.

Avoiding injury while working in cold temperatures

Cold weather may be an issue for workers in North Carolina and other parts of the country. When temperatures drop, workers should be given access to shelter, hot drinks and other resources to keep warm while working outdoors. Ideally, a worker will be able to spend 15 minutes indoors for each hour spent outside. Workers can help themselves by wearing clothing that is breathable as to not cut off circulation.

December 2017: a month for impaired driving prevention

Whether it's in North Carolina or another state, impaired driving is a serious problem affecting drivers, passengers and pedestrians. It has been estimated that one person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related car crash every 50 minutes. Because of this, the White House has designated December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation was signed on Nov. 30.

Regulation aims to cut fatigued truck driving

Roadway dangers for drivers and passengers in North Carolina can come from an array of sources, including drunk or distracted drivers. The dangers of the roadway can be even more disturbing when they involve large trucks and buses due to these vehicles' size, weight, mass and speed. Any impact with a semi-truck or similar large vehicle could cause devastating personal injuries, and this danger only escalates when a truck driver is fatigued due to exceeding their safe hours on the roadway.

Public views texting and driving as greatest accident threat

Seeing someone using their smartphone behind the wheel of a vehicle has become a common sight in North Carolina. The National Safety Council documented a 6 percent rise in traffic fatalities between 2015 and 2016, and smartphones are suspected as a source of driver distraction.

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