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February 2016 Archives

OSHA reporting requirements and South Carolina workers

During the first nine months of 2015, Tyson Foods reported 34 injuries resulting in amputation or hospitalization to OSHA. Of those 34 reported injuries, 17 involved amputations. While most cases involve a worker losing bits of his or her finger, one report involved an individual who lost both hands while cleaning a mixer.

Traffic accident fatality rates begin to creep back up

The number of road users killed each year in the U.S. fell by more than 20 percent between 2000 and 2014, but statistics reveal that fatality rates in 2015 bucked this downward trend. A report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may be alarming to South Carolina motorists, as it shows more than 26,000 road users were killed in motor vehicle accidents between January and September 2015. This represented an increase of more than 9 percent over the number who died in such accidents during the first nine months of 2014.

NHTSA says some regulations may be lifted for self-driving cars

In a move that could bring South Carolina motorists closer to sharing the roads with driverless cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has approved the software that pilots the vehicles being developed by Google as the driver under federal law, according to a letter the agency sent to Google on Feb. 4. Safety regulations on both the state and federal level have inhibited development of the vehicles, and the NHTSA has said that some regulations will need to be rewritten.

South Carolina eye injury prevention in the workplace

South Carolina workers in certain occupations may be at risk for an eye injury if proper safety procedures are not followed in the workplace. According to Prevent Blindness America, 90 percent of the eye injuries that happen each day are preventable through protective eyewear. Thorough personal protective equipment programs are crucial to protecting employees' eyes during work in hazardous condition. From mild corneal abrasions to extensive injuries that result in a loss of eyesight, there are many types of injuries that can occur if proper safety procedures are not followed.

South Carolina drivers and Volvo's autonomous vehicles

South Carolina drivers may be able to get behind the wheel of 'death-proof" vehicles by the year 2020, according to promises made by one of the world's largest automakers. The Swedish company Volvo has long tracked the number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur in its vehicles, but it is taking things a step further with its initiative to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries entirely. Volvo plans to accomplish this by combining various smart vehicle technologies, many of which are already in place in its line of cars and SUVs.

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