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October 2017 Archives

Drowsy driving a hazard among night shift workers

Working a night shift has been known to impact antioxidant activity and immune system function, among other markers of physical health. It can also lead to conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, what some people in Pennsylvania aren't aware of is that drowsy driving, especially during daytime commutes, is another hazard associated with shift work.

Molecular research explains neuron behavior after brain injuries

Constant agitation and uncontrollable spasms are often experienced by victims of traumatic brain injury accidents in Pennsylvania. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, treatment may involve surgery, a medication plan and extensive physical therapy to overcome the involuntary muscle contractions and overall neurological upheaval. New research conducted by biomedical engineers from the University of North Carolina suggests that molecular damage is at the heart of the post-traumatic conditions experienced by patients who suffered brain injuries.

The correlation between trucker health and safe driving

If a trucker is in poor health, they may not be a safe driver. This could have consequences for others on the road in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. If a driver has three or more medical conditions, their risk of getting into an accident could be up to four times greater than normal. This was a key finding of a study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Using convex mirrors to increase workplace safety

For Pennsylvania workers who work on loading docks, in fulfillment warehouses or around heavy machinery, near misses and close calls can be common. However, it also common for some to suffer serious injuries due to running into each other. Even near misses can also result in serious injuries if employees are carrying chemicals, products or production items and they drop them.

Congress pushes FMCSA for sleep apnea screening rules

Back in 2016, through the efforts of Democrats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began working on a rule that would set up criteria by which medical examiners could refer truck drivers for a sleep apnea test. However, in August of 2017, the FMCSA officially announced that it had tabled the rule. Whether the decision will remain final is an issue that can affect many in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.

The pitfalls of new car technology

According to a AAA survey, 70 percent of Americans desire new technology in their cars, but only 24 percent feel that the technology already works perfectly. This is partly due to poor design choices on the part of car manufacturers. Another reason is that technology has unnecessarily complicated some of the simplest tasks. Irrelevant features are also of concern, as they they can be distracting. Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that distracted driving often leads to accidents.

Getting safety information to all employees

Many Pennsylvania workers are painfully aware that retiring at the age of 60 or 65 is no longer attainable. Because the retirement age is being pushed back, it is not uncommon for employers to have workers who are 70 to 75 years old, even in labor-intensive industrial jobs. This can make it difficult for safety professionals to ensure that workplace safety messages are delivered to every employee regardless of age.

Navigating safely around large commercial vehicles

Many Pennsylvania drivers become tense when in close proximity to semi-tractor trailers, and these stresses can sometimes become overwhelming when road conditions are poor and traffic is heavy. While navigating around large commercial vehicles may never bring joy to nervous motorists, these stresses can be reduced and controlled by understanding the dangers involved and taking appropriate steps to mitigate them.