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September 2017 Archives

Why size matters in a car accident

Pennsylvania drivers may think that a smaller car is safe because it performed well in crash tests. However, smaller cars are generally less safe than larger cars when an actual collision occurs. This is because smaller cars tend to weigh less, which means that they will absorb more of the impact when they collide with larger vehicles. They also have smaller front ends compared to larger cars.

Car accident fatality risk is three times higher at night

Nighttime driving in Pennsylvania is more hazardous than venturing out during the day for a number of reasons. Road construction crews often work at night to prevent disruption to the morning and afternoon rush hours, and the number of drunk drivers surges after the sun goes down. The dangers of these additional hazards are magnified by limited visibility.

Preventing falls from elevated heights in warehouses

Many people are employed in Pennsylvania warehouses that have materials stacked on elevated shelves. A case reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration illustrates the dangers of failing to implement and follow safety protocols for working at elevations.

Car accidents often occur close to home

While there are risks throughout all Pennsylvania roads, drivers are most likely to get into accidents during short trips within 25 miles of their homes. This is because most driving occurs within 25 miles of one's property. People may also be lulled into a false sense of security when they drive in familiar settings such as their neighborhoods.

Why driving slowly can be dangerous

Driving too slowly can be almost as dangerous as driving too fast. Therefore, Pennsylvania motorists should try their best to keep pace with others on the road. When driving on a highway, it is best to use the left lane as a passing lane only. Otherwise, drivers may have to pass on the right, and that can cause confusion and a higher risk of an accident.

The dangers of spiked wheel ornaments on trucks

Pennsylvania motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians might be at greater risk of injury if they are in accident with a truck that has spiked wheel ornaments. These are decorations that are used as lug nut covers on tractor trailer wheels. They might be made from metal, aluminum or plastic. The ones that extend beyond the wheel rim may be particularly dangerous for pedestrians or other vehicles.

Study shows link between eye movement and brain injury

Pennsylvania residents who suffer from traumatic brain injuries may be diagnosed sooner using a technology that measures eye tracking. A doctor and her colleagues have patented a technology known as the EyeBOX that can track the involuntary eye movements of patients. This means that the device can even be used on patients who are unable to follow instructions.

How to create a safety culture at work

Pennsylvania employers may have an easier time gaining the trust of their workers by taking steps to keep them safe. This is generally true whether a worker is in an office setting or in a factory. Roughly 21 percent of all OSHA recordable events have a realistic or reasonable potential to cause significant injuries to workers.