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November 2016 Archives

OSHA decides post-accident drug testing deters injury reporting

Pennsylvania employers that conduct a drug test after any workplace accident could be in violation of a rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency has indicated that automatic drug testing after a workplace accident or injury deterred employees from reporting workplace safety incidents.

Reform potential high with autonomous trucks

A trucking accident on a Pennsylvania highway can have catastrophic consequences for occupants of other vehicles. Although there have been important reforms in the trucking industry to ensure that drivers obtain optimum amounts of rest and drive safely, there is room for improvement. Autonomous trucks could provide a key to significantly increasing productivity while solving many of the greatest safety problems.

Why Thanksgiving is a deadly day to drive

Aside from coronary events, car accidents are a major culprit of the increase in deaths that occur around Thanksgiving. Pennsylvania drivers may like to know that this is the reason that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages them to stay safe while on the road for the holiday season.

Excavation and trenching safety tips

In Pennsylvania, many construction operations require trenching and excavation, and construction workers who are involved in these projects must be aware of these dangers. For example, even one cave-in could result in suffocation and death. However, safety training and protective systems could help to reduce or eliminate accidents involving trenching and excavation.

Truckers still restricted from marijuana use

Pennsylvania is one of 28 states that have passed laws to allow for the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and several states have also enacted measures to permit recreational use of the drug. However, those who are responsible for transporting the nation's goods do not have clearance to make use of the drug in spite of its legalization. The Department of Transportation has reiterated its position on the matter, forbidding truck drivers from using the drug because of its Schedule I classification.

Focus on improving workplace environment for safety

According to research, the health of employees in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may be affected by stress in their workplace. This is one of many findings that has caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to change its focus from looking at workplace injuries and illnesses to a focus on reducing risk through changing the workplace environment. This is known as the Total Worker Health initiative.

Appeals court rules that the ELD rule is constitutional

Pennsylvania motorists might have heard about a regulation that was issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would mandate the installation and use of electronic logging devices in large trucks. A lawsuit was filed against the FMCSA by two owner-operators who claimed that the rule would violate their rights to privacy.

Traumatic brain injury from a bicycle or motorcycle accident

On the highways and rural roads of Pennsylvania, bicyclists and motorcyclists share space with much larger motor vehicles in pursuit of the pleasures that their modes of transportation bring. These enthusiasts' love for the open road is tempered, however, with the knowledge that inherent in each ride is the risk of serious harm, including a traumatic brain injury.

Breakthrough in repairing brain neurons after injury

Based on the results of a promising experiment, it may someday be possible to restore the brain cells of people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere who suffer from stroke or traumatic brain injury. Researchers caution that such procedures are still too risky for humans despite the success of an experiment on mice. This is because neurons connect and grow during early development, and adding new neurons to a mature brain could result in the neurons making abnormal connections.