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May 2012 Archives

Dangerous teen activity an outsized accident risk

A new risk-taking activity known as "car surfing" is growing in popularity among teens, many of whom do not fully understand the serious safety risks -- and criminal charges -- that can follow. Across the United States, teenagers are currently hospitalized with serious injuries resulting from car surfing, which has one person ride on the exterior of a vehicle while another person mans the steering wheel.

Report: Many Ohio businesses fail to pay workers' comp premiums

Ohio workers who suffer on-the-job injuries are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits pursuant to a system in which state employers pay compensation premiums to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).

Focus on truck-crash avoidance in would-be NHTSA rule

Semi-trucks pose some of the greatest rollover risks because of their height, size and relatively poor handling compared to smaller vehicles. If a proposed government regulation is passed, though, these and other large trucks will soon reap the benefits of a computer-controlled braking system that automatically identifies a potential rollover risk and manages each individual wheel to minimize the risk of such a truck accident.

OSHA cites Cleveland-area subcontractor in construction accident

Although a Cleveland-area cement contractor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cannot agree on the cause of a casino deck collapse last December, the two parties are in agreement that the now-finished project is safe.

Combat-area driving style makes some vets crash risks back home

Add bad driving habits to the list of ill effects suffered by some military personnel upon their return from tours of duty in combat areas. A new study has revealed that soldiers from Ohio and all other states across the nation face a heightened risk of being involved in a car accident after returning from overseas service compared to their accident risk prior to their active military service.

Motorcycle awareness and safety in strong focus in Ohio

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and other traffic-safety agencies and advocates always maintain a consistent and sober message regarding motorcycle safety on state roadways, but the plea is even a bit more urgent this month, with May being National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

U.S. DOT medical rule focused on commercial trucking safety

New safety regulations established by the U.S. Department of Transportation will require doctors and physicians who perform medical examinations of commercial vehicle drivers to pass specific qualification standards that ensure they know how to examine a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle.

Congressional spotlight on OSHA for delaying safety reform measures

Employees' down time for on-the-job injuries, issues concerning workers' compensation claims and benefits and a number of related matters regarding workplace injuries are closely affected by what many safety experts say is extreme tardiness by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in enacting new safety regulations.

New anti-collision technology to cut highway fatalities in half?

Car-on-car collisions comprise a large percentage of car accidents occurring on American roadways. Newly developed wireless technology may drastically reduce the occurrence rate of these fatalities, though, saving lives and costs resulting from these collisions.