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January 2018 Archives

FMCSA study to learn more about trucker commutes

Truckers in Pennsylvania may get an opportunity to be a part of a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration survey. The agency is going to ask 500 drivers for information about their driving habits, including commute lengths. One of the priorities of the FMCSA is to find out if drivers are commuting more than 2.5 hours to their jobs.

Parking lots can pose a danger of workplace injuries

Workers in Pennsylvania may have significant concerns when it comes to their safety in the workplace; in fact, one of the most common sites of danger on the job can be the parking lot or garage. These areas have some attributes that can make them a frequent location of on-the-job injuries, such as the presence of speeding or careless drivers, pedestrians walking irregularly, blind spots due to parked cars, numerous turns and delivery trucks and other large, frequently stopped vehicles.

Bipartisan bill would mandate side underride guards

Truck accidents claim the lives of many road users around the country each year, and some of the most catastrophic of these crashes occur when passenger vehicles slide under the sides of tractor-trailers. Underride guards are a straightforward and effective way of preventing this kind of tragedy, but current regulations only require them to be fitted to the rear of commercial vehicles. However, the regulatory landscape may be changing soon as a bipartisan bill that would require truck operators in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. to fit these safety devices to the front and sides of their vehicles is making its way through Congress.

NTSB calls for tougher speeding laws

Traffic accident fatalities in Pennsylvania and around the country increased have increased sharply despite significant advances in automobile safety and the introduction of autonomous crash avoidance systems. Experts have blamed the surge in road deaths on higher traffic levels and an epidemic of cellphone use by drivers and pedestrians, but a July 2017 report from the National Transportation Safety Board suggests that speeding may be the true culprit.

Steps to take after being involved in a car accident

When a Pennsylvania resident is involved in a motor vehicle accident, their first priority should be to seek medical assistance for any injuries. They should also contact the police if criminal activity, such as drunk driving, may have been a contributory factor to the incident. Once these pressing concerns have been taken care of, a motorist might need to inform their insurance provider about the crash.

How Uber and Lyft can deny liability for their drivers' crashes

Thanks to ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, Pennsylvania residents have more transportation options than ever. These businesses pay independent contractors who use their own vehicles to drive patrons. The fact that the drivers are independent contractors can protect the companies when drivers are involved in accidents.

How to stay safe when removing snow

Outdoor workers in Pennsylvania generally have experience with snowy and cold conditions. Nevertheless, OSHA is warning workers and employers alike to take precautions when engaging in snow removal or other outdoor winter work. Those who are involved in snow removal cleanup may face dangers such as falling from rooftops or slipping on icy roads or sidewalks. Roof collapses or collisions with vehicles may also be risks that workers face while removing snow.

Promoting safe work conditions for female construction workers

The number of women working in the construction industry in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States increased by more than 80 percent from the mid-1980s through 2007, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To promote a safe workplace environment for the growing number of female construction workers, OSHA has renewed its partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

The importance of right-of-way laws

It can be difficult for some Pennsylvania drivers to safely navigate busy intersections, especially when there are only stop signs or if another motorist is attempting to make a right-hand turn. To help prevent accidents and make the roads safer, right-of-way laws provide the ground rules for who is allowed to go first in specific cases. Failing to follow right-of-way laws can result in serious car accidents.