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October 2017 Archives

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Night shifts make for drowsy drivers, says study

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have shown that night shift workers are at a greater risk for drowsy driving than those with regular sleep schedules. Over 9.5 million people work night shifts or rotational shifts in Virginia and across the U.S., which explains why drowsy driving is considered such a public health hazard.

Driver health and road safety

When people drive or walk around in Virginia, they understand that they are responsible for their own safety while on the road. There are times, however, when it is difficult to protect oneself against an accident caused by another driver's negligence or error.

Blind spots and workplace safety

People in Virginia who work in loading dock areas or large fulfillment warehouses are at risk of incurring injury from collisions caused by the lack of sufficient visibility. Workplaces where heavy equipment, like forklifts, are operated near people who are walking at intersections, loading docks or blind spots are not safe. Near misses, which can result in a worker falling or dropping a hazardous product or chemical, can also result in injuries.

Trucking companies need to prevent underride accidents

Most people on the road understand that large commercial trucks pose a threat to smaller passenger vehicles. The number of serious and fatal crashes with these vehicles is on the rise. Many drivers avoid the areas next to and behind commercial trucks to reduce their risk. However, when traffic is heavy and speeds are high, drivers may have less control over who's in the next lane. No matter how carefully you drive, you simply can't avoid sharing close quarters with a commercial vehicle occasionally.

Staying safe at any age at work

As of May 2016, 18.8 percent of workers throughout America were 65 or older. That was an increase from 12.8 percent in May 2000, and it isn't uncommon to see people who are 70 to 75 years old still working in manufacturing or other strenuous jobs. Therefore, Virginia employers may face a challenge in developing safety programs that are effective for up to four generations of workers in the same company.

Fatal workplace fall

Warehouse workers in Virginia may want to familiarize themselves with the Fatal Fact publications that are released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The publication details workplace safety incidents and provides guidance regarding proper workplace safety practices.