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April 2017 Archives

Avoiding accidents at chemical plants

Chemical plants are potentially very dangerous workplaces. Along with the fact that direct contact with a number of types of chemicals can be very harmful, there are also dangers associated with fumes that some chemicals emit. One of the best ways that Pennsylvania companies can help protect workers from harm is to understand the common causes of accidents and work to keep these situations from occurring.

Evidence used in car accident injury cases

Pennsylvania residents who are seeking damages in a car crash must prove that the accident was someone else's fault. Furthermore, they must prove that the accident resulted in harm to them. There are many different forms of evidence that can be used to prove that injuries occurred such as using photographs. Photos may also be used to show that an accident took place that led to the injuries.

More large trucks involved in crashes in Pennsylvania

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes an annual report called Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts. It includes information about large trucks, ones that weigh upwards of 10,000 pounds, that have been involved in accidents. According to the 2015 report, the number of trucks that were involved in fatal crashes as well as accidents that took place both increased.

About the MSHA

Working as a miner can be very dangerous. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, a division of the United States Department of Labor, is tasked with providing miners in Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation with safe workplaces.

Dealing with distracted drivers in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving, which is when someone is focused on something other than what is on the road, is becoming a more prevalent issue. In addition to doing things like checking on kids in the back seat or changing a radio station, people are spending a lot of time focusing on their smartphone instead of traffic.

Researchers study how brain is protected from injury

There are membranes that cushion the brain if there is a blow to the skull. For some Pennsylvania residents who incurred a traumatic brain injury, those membranes were not able to sufficiently do so. According to research that appeared in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, researchers are examining the role of these membranes and how much protection they provide.

Grain handing accidents increased in 2016

Pennsylvania farm workers who are required to enter grain silos may be aware of just how dangerous the job can be. The number of grain entrapment cases and fatalities increased in 2016, meaning grain handling continues to be a dangerous job even with OSHA's regional emphasis programs.

Some drivers view distracted driving as acceptable

Pennsylvania drivers may be interested to learn that, according to a report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one in three drivers have made a habit of driving while distracted. In fact, many drivers, particularly those between the ages of 19 and 24, believe that their unsafe driving behaviors are actually acceptable.