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April 2019 Archives

Why employers should embrace new standard

It is not uncommon for companies to see OSHA standards as little more than a collection of rules that they must comply with. Employers in Virginia and elsewhere who buy into the NFPA 70E standard may benefit in a variety of ways. It is intended to help prevent electrical injuries on the job while also helping to get work done in a timely manner. This is because it emphasizes the benefits of thinking about hazards before starting a job.

Technology may stop impaired driving

In 2017, there were 10,874 deaths caused by traffic accidents involving drunk drivers in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Volvo is going to try to make Virginia roads safer by using technology to reduce the chances that a person will drive while influenced by alcohol. The technology is expected to be included in vehicles produced early in the next decade.

NSC survey: driver distraction affects safety of first responders

Many drivers in Virginia, as elsewhere, become distracted when they pass an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Even worse, many will take photos or videos of the vehicles regardless of whether the vehicles are making a routine traffic stop or responding to a car crash or a fire. All of this compromises the safety of those first responders who get out of the vehicles to help others.

Weather Channel faces lawsuit after crash with storm chasers

The Weather Channel airs a program called "Storm Wranglers" with which Virginia residents may be familiar. The two stars of that show were in a crash back in March of 2017 as they were chasing a tornado in Texas. What allegedly happened was that they ran a stop sign and collided with a jeep that was driving away from the tornado. The storm-chasing duo and the driver of the jeep, a 25-year-old storm spotter, died upon impact.

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