Agricultural workers in Virginia and across the country could be at risk of serious occupational injuries due to the equipment used on farms. One study funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that machine operators were often exposed to potentially harmful levels of vibration after less than a full day of work. The study examined 55 farm workers using 112 pieces of equipment, including combines, tractors, forklifts, all-terrain vehicles and skid loaders. Researchers at the University of Iowa used sensors on the vehicles' seats and floors to measure vibrations and how well the seats could protect workers.
Many Virginia drivers would have to admit that, at one time or another, they have gotten behind the wheel while they were tired. They may not have realized how serious of an issue driving while tired can be. This is one of the reasons why on March 15, 2019, an automotive manufacturer took advantage of World Sleep Day to emphasize the dangers associated with driving while tired.
When you take to the highway, it's important to alter your approach to the road. Not only are you traveling at a higher rate of speed, but you're also in close proximity to a variety of vehicles, including commercial trucks.
Roughly 2,000 workers in Virginia and throughout the country experience an eye injury each day. These injuries can be caused by debris in the air or by rubbing an eye with an unclean hand, sleeve or other material. However, there are ways in which an individual can protect him or herself from such injuries. For instance, wearing goggles can prevent liquids or other items from getting into the eye itself. It can also prevent scratched corneas or similar injuries.
In Virginia, truck drivers cause frequent crashes. A safety coalition sponsored by Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition wants Congress to pass new safety regulations. The coalition contends that heavy-duty trucks need to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) and speed limiters. Crash data regarding truck accidents support the coalition's case. The president of Road Safe America stated that the organization has been displeased with DOT during the past decade. He hopes that President Trump or Congress will pass the new legislation. He also stated that both political parties have been at a standstill since 2006.