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February 2020 Archives

NSC's 2019 traffic death estimates provide good and bad news

Drivers in Georgia should know that there is some good news and bad news regarding the number of traffic fatalities in 2019. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council say that 38,800 people in the U.S. died in traffic accidents that year. This represents a 2% decline from the previous year and a 4% decrease from 2017, but the number is still admittedly high.

What does your employer do to protect your health and safety?

The National Safety Council of America says that occupational injuries in Georgia and across the country occur at a rate of one every seven seconds. Regardless of the industry in which you earn your income, these statistics will likely make you consider the steps your employer takes to create a safe work environment. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety standards and guidelines, not all employers comply.

Studies find semi-autonomous cars may have distracted drivers

Some people in Georgia may have heard that autonomous vehicles will make roads much safer. While this may be true, there is some evidence that semi-autonomous vehicles might be making roads less safe. Drivers in semi-autonomous vehicles tend to relax and allow themselves to be distracted, and this means that they do not always react in time when their attention is required.

Worst 10 cities for car accidents ranked in recent report

In 2019, there were 953,630 car crashes in Georgia and across the U.S. This marks a 6.8% increase from 2018, which saw 892,615 crashes. The transportation nonprofit Go Safe Labs has come out with a list of the 10 cities that saw the most crashes in 2019 as well as a list of 10 "hotspots" where the most accidents arose.

Three necessary steps to preventing workplace falls

Falls are behind 15% of all worker deaths in Georgia and across the U.S. In the construction industry, the danger is even greater with falls accounting for one-third of all worker deaths. Even when they don't end in death, falls can cause severe injuries and disabilities. Their effect can be wide-ranging: Employers may notice, for example, a loss of morale and a decline in productivity.

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