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December 2015 Archives

Worker demographics changing

As baby boomers age in South Carolina and around the country, an increasing number are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer periods of time. This means that the workforce is also growing older overall. By 2022, researchers estimate that about 25 percent of the workforce will be made up of workers who are age 55 or older.

Greatest danger to self driving cars may be other drivers

Self-driving cars and autonomous automobiles may one day be on the roads in South Carolina. Their gradual implementation in various states around America has been, for the overwhelming majority of cases, free of trouble. In fact, what problems there are with self-driving cars appear to originate with human drivers.

New FMCSA rule requires electronic tracking of driver hours

South Carolina residents are protected from drowsy driving accidents involving large commercial vehicles by federal regulations that limit the amount of time that bus and truck drivers may spend behind the wheel. Driver hours are generally recorded on paper logs, but a rule introduced in December 2015 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require sophisticated electronic vehicle tracking devices to be fitted to trucks and buses within two years.

Safety standards for commercial vehicle braking systems

South Carolina residents may be aware that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency tasked with reducing the number of road users who are each year killed or injured in accidents involving commercial vehicles. Passenger vehicle drivers often give semi-tractor trailers and buses a wide berth. These vehicles are large, heavy and difficult to control in emergency situations, and their sophisticated braking systems may be the difference between a near miss and a tragedy.

Understanding welding and safety hazards

Many people in South Carolina may have relatives or friends who are welders, and they might be concerned for their safety. The Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have regulations that are intended to keep welders safe from hazards.

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