Preventable workplace accidents still occur far too frequently, when simple safety measures could have saved the day. Workers are entitled to a safe workplace that does not pose a risk of serious harm. Under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) workers can ask OSHA to inspect their workplaces, and receive information and training about hazards, ways to prevent harm and applicable OSHA standards.
Now that school is out, many Lubbock families will be hitting the road for summer road trips, and Tech Tech students will be heading home for summer break. Read up on our top tips to stay safe on the roads this summer. Summer Driving Safety Tips Tires The lifespan of a tire depends on the…
Yesterday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released an updated report on how auto-brake systems and forward collision warnings in cars and SUVs were increasing vehicle safety. According to the report, “auto manufacturers are making strides in adopting the most beneficial systems with automatic braking capabilities and are offering the features on a wider variety of models.”
Hurricane season begins June 1; and the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasts 8-13 hurricanes, with a couple developing into major hurricanes. Riding out a hurricane on land can be scary, but offshore it can be catastrophic and deadly.
Last year more than 202 children drowned in a swimming pool or spa between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United States, according to the U.S. Product Safety Commission. 143 of the victims were children younger than age 5. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children 1 to 4 years of age…
Every day, an average of three motorcyclists are killed in the U.S. as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections. In 2012, 4,667 motorcyclists died in crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Almost half of the motorcyclists killed were killed during a crash involving two vehicles. 38% of these fatal motorcycle accidents resulted from another vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle that was either going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.
When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the outcome is often devastating due to the disproportionate size of a passenger vehicle to a tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler. Big rigs are often 20 times the size and weight of most other vehicles on the road. Commonplace and relatively minor driving errors, such as failing to signal before passing, can result in catastrophic outcomes when an 18-wheeler is involved, especially at high speeds.
We previously blogged about the unacceptably high rates of drunk driving car crashes in the Lubbock area; but, another contributing factor to car accidents in flat West Texas is “highway hypnosis.” While many people think the most dangerous roads consist of treacherous conditions or busy intersections, remote highways that run through flat, wide open spaces can often lull drivers into a false sense of security, leading them to speed, which can end in disaster.