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February 2018 Archives

Governors can act to improve roadway safety

For state officials in Pennsylvania and across the United States, highway safety is a major personal concern as well as a public policy issue. Car accidents can be the cause of severe personal injuries that can often be fatal. Therefore, cutting down on the number of them can be a matter of high priority. A report issued by the National Governors Association aims to provide guidance and advice to state governors who want to establish more effective systems to help cut the number of dangerous accidents.

New safety tech can significantly reduce backup crashes

New rear collision avoidance systems can substantially reduce backup crashes throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of America, according to a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the technology is currently available as an option in only 5 percent of new vehicles.

Marijuana holiday may account for increase in car crash deaths

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that an annual marijuana holiday on April 20 may be behind a yearly increase in car crash deaths. Though Pennsylvania has not legalized recreational marijuana use, drivers should know that the self-proclaimed holiday is celebrated across the nation and fatal car crash rates tend to increase around 4/20 in most, though not all, states.

Automated technologies are already reducing car crashes

Many people in Pennsylvania have heard a great deal about the potential of automated driving technology on the horizon. Media articles often feature reports about what a future of driverless vehicles could look like. While the vision of a fully autonomous, electric vehicle may still be some way in the future, there are already a number of driving technologies that are helping to improve safety on the road today.

Collision avoidance systems can increase road safety

Collision avoidance technologies may be helping Pennsylvania drivers and others across the country to avoid accidents and injuries on the road, according to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These technologies, including lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts, can help to cut down significantly on the number of car accidents, especially ones that cause injuries.

Falls a major cause of construction worker deaths

Construction workers in Pennsylvania may want to know about a new searchable database called the Construction FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) Database. It aggregates all 768 FACE reports made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health since 1982.

Guidelines aim to prevent fatigue among EMS workers

Researchers from Pennsylvania and a nonprofit advocacy group have issued a set of guidelines designed to help administrators of emergency medical services organizations combat fatigue in the workplace. The research team from the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center scrutinized more than 38,000 documents before issuing the guidelines, and some of the information they uncovered suggests that the problem of fatigue among EMS workers is both widespread and serious.

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