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August 2017 Archives

Workers may face hazardous conditions on the job

A study conducted in 2015 suggests that a majority of employees may face unfavorable conditions while on the job in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. Researchers who were involved in the effort expressed hope that their work will ultimately lead to a constructive debate on the improvement of such working conditions.

An increase in driverless vehicles may face delays

Pennsylvania readers may have heard that an influx of autonomous vehicles, or AVs, is just around the corner. After all, huge companies like Apple, Google and General Motors are spending billions of dollars on AV technologies. However, other experts claim that driverless cars may hit metaphorical roadblocks that slow their acceptance by consumers.

Dangers associated with water pipe repair technique

Pennsylvania plumbing construction workers may be interested to know that a frequently used method to fix water pipes can emit dangerous chemicals into the air. Researchers at Purdue University believe that the process should reviewed to accurately determine the hazards it presents to workers, the environment and the general public.

Companies lack consistency in injury, illness reporting

Some Pennsylvania employees may work for companies that track injuries and other health and safety issues inconsistently. A follow-up to a 2013 report was released on Aug. 1 from the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability. The report examined data from between June and December 2016 from companies on the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list and found significant discrepancies in how various companies collected and reported data. From methodology in data collection to definitions used, these inconsistencies make it impossible for companies to create a standardized set of safety and health metrics for the workplace that global sustainability indexes can use.

Safety potential of autonomous vehicles not coming soon

Pennsylvania motorists who are thinking about getting a new car might be intrigued by autonomous vehicles, but doubts remain about when they could be widely available on the market. Giant companies like General Motors, Google and Qualcomm have been investing billions in autonomous vehicle technology, but many barriers stand against the mainstream adoption of computer-driven cars.

FMCSA announces withdrawal of sleep apnea rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that a proposed rule that would require some truck drivers in Pennsylvania and around the country to undergo mandatory sleep apnea testing will be withdrawn on August 7. The rule was originally proposed to clear up ambiguity about when truck drivers with a high risk of developing the debilitating sleep disorder should be tested. The withdrawal of the proposal means that these decisions will continue to be left to medical professionals, carriers and truck drivers.

Lack of sleep can lead to workplace injuries

When deadlines are looming, some Pennsylvania workers sacrifice the amount of time they get to sleep in order to get their work done. However, workers who are overtired and who do not get enough sleep are more likely to become involved in accidents, especially if the lack of sleep prevents them from being able to think clearly.

Almost 2,000 trucks ordered out of service during safety blitz

Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that a recent one-day safety blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance led to almost 2,000 semi-tractor trailers being ordered off the road. The nonprofit association of trade groups and national and local traffic safety officials concentrated on commercial vehicle braking systems during Brake Safety Day on May 3, and the group says that 1,146 of the 1,989 tractor-trailers that were pulled off the road during the initiative were ordered out of service due to some sort of braking violation or issue.