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A Risk of Weather-Related Crashes: Hydroplaning

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Snow can worry a lot of drivers; it can cause traffic delays, slippery roads, and even ice. But there’s another risk of snow that many drivers don’t consider: hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when standing water on roadways causes a car to rest on the water rather than the roadway. When this happens, it removes the driver’s ability to maintain steering and control of the vehicle.

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Construction Worker Safety Risks During Winter Months

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With the shorter days, darker evenings, and colder weather come additional risks for drivers. But for construction workers, who already face a higher risk of injury, the winter months mean more safety hazards.

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Work-Related Foot and Ankle Injuries May Prove More Serious than Thought

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When we think of injuring our foot or ankle, we tend to think of a simple sprain or something that will quickly pass over. But what many people don’t realize is that work-related foot and ankle injuries may not only prove extremely painful and entitle an individual to workers’ compensation, but can also result in…

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Daylight Saving Time A Factor in Fatal Car Crashes

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It’s this time of year when we start to think about the changing days due to daylight savings time. It stays darker later in the morning and becomes darker outside earlier in the evening. Most states participate in daylight saving time twice per year, with the second Sunday in March taking an hour of daylight away from the morning and giving it to the evening. This remains until the first Sunday in November, when the clock falls back into place. And while most are happy to gain an extra hour in their day on the day that it occurs in the fall, or gain another hour of sunlight in the spring, it also contributes to some rather unhappy statistics.

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Wintertime Slip and Falls Create Serious Risk of Injury

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We all know the dangerous winter conditions bring slip and falls. Snow and ice make driving so unsafe at times that both schools and businesses experience delays and even closures. And though we try to be very mindful of the risks involved with driving in such conditions, rarely do we give as much consideration to the dangers lurking right on the sidewalk. During the wintertime, snow and ice may prove a large risk for slip and fall injuries.

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Less Than One-Quarter of Fatalities in School Transportation Vehicles Are Children

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School buses and other school transportation vehicles are usually a safe method for getting children to and from school. But like other vehicles, school buses are unfortunately not immune to accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year an average of 131 school-age children are killed in school-transportation-related crashes, most of which occur outside of the bus or inside of other vehicles. Despite that the crashes involve school-related-transportation vehicles, less than one-quarter of those killed were actually children.

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Companies Facing Financial Pressure Experience More Workplace Injuries

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While maintaining control for other factors, the rates of injury or illness are five to fifteen percent higher during periods where a business meets or barely exceeds its analyst forecasts. These rates are much higher than those businesses that miss or comfortably beat their forecasts. Data from OSHA shows that one in every 24 employees is injured in companies that barely miss or just make analyst earnings, while only one in 27 is injured at companies that miss or comfortably beat them.

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Driving with Pets Increases the Likelihood of Distracted Driving

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In the United States, there are 43.4 million households with pets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 alone there were over 5.6 million crashes, contributing to 1.59 million injuries, and 32,719 fatalities. Since 34.4 million households drive with their pets, it is likely that many of them were also involved – over 80 percent of which were likely unrestrained. A meager 16 percent of people who drive with their dogs in their vehicle properly restrain them. This means that these animals were in a state of shock, if not actually injured.

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Increased Car Accidents Prove Ghosts Aren’t Only Scary Thing on Halloween

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Halloween is known for all things scary. From ghosts to zombies, haunted houses to spooky music and movies, we often associate the holiday with being frightened. And although it can be a lot of fun, unfortunately not all scares are enjoyable. Historical data has shown that children who are out trick or treating are much more likely to be killed by a car on the night of Halloween – in fact, twice as likely.

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Construction Industry Injuries and Fatalities on the Rise

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 985 construction workers died in the United States in 2015. The next year saw relatively the same number of fatalities with a total of 970 fatalities in the construction industry, out of a total of 5,190 work-related fatalities.

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