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July 2017 Archives

Reducing the risks for trench workers

When it comes to the construction industry in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, trenching is considered to be one of the most dangerous tasks. Those who are involved in trenching accidents are at risk of getting crushed under the weight of the dirt, which can weigh up to 3,000 pounds per cubic yard. In 2016, 23 workers were killed in trench collapses while another 12 reported injuries.

Construction firms turning to more protective safety helmets

Pennsylvania construction workers should be informed about the risks associated with their occupation, including falls and serious, potentially life-threatening head trauma. In fact, researchers found that there were more than 2,200 fatal traumatic brain injuries between 2003 and 2010 even though workers are required to use protective headgear in risky areas. In order to decrease the hazards that construction work poses, some firms are making the move to updated protection equipment.

Rise in fatal truck and bus accidents

Pennsylvania motorists may not know that the number of large commercial trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents around the country increased by 8 percent in 2015 according to data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the large truck involvement rate, which is based on the number of fatal crashes for each 100 million miles traveled by semi-tractor trailers, also increased in 2015.

Higher speed limits claim additional lives each year

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced in May 2016 that the speed limit on long stretches of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other highways was being increased to 70 mph. While long-distance truck drivers and harried commuters may have welcomed the news, road safety advocates likely responded to the announcement with less enthusiasm. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the speed limit increases introduced over the last two decades are responsible for many additional deaths on the nation's roads every year.

Crash test results contradict Tesla safety claims

Pennsylvania residents may be aware that the electric car maker Tesla has claimed that their Model S luxury sedan is the safest car ever to be offered for sale in America, but the results of rigorous tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not borne out this claim. After the testing had been completed, the nonprofit organization added three full-sized cars to its list of vehicles that have achieved the highest possible crash ratings. However, the Tesla Model S was not among them.

Pennsylvania given failing grade in NSC report

Pennsylvania is not doing enough to protect its residents from the leading causes of preventable death according to a report from the National Safety Council. Accidental deaths are at an all-time high according to the NSC, and the nonprofit and nongovernmental public service organization decided to shed light on this issue by grading all 50 states based on how well they protect their residents from accidents in the home, on the roads and at work.

Lawmakers considering driverless car legislation

Pennsylvania drivers may or may not already have features in their cars such as navigation, automatic braking and crahs avoidance systems. Some automakers are on a path to make cars completely self-driving. Congress is debating bills that would allow companies to test more of their autonomous cars on the road and that would make moderate federal regulations the final word on safety measures.

How Pennsylvania men and women may differ after a brain injury

Men and women are known to differ from one another in terms of their brain anatomy as well as their propensity for mental illness after a brain injury. Mental illness in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and depression affect women after a brain injury more than men. A study by the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences found a correlation that may explain this difference between men and women.