January 2018 Archives

Tips on improving parking lot safety

In Kentucky and elsewhere, parking lots can be dangerous places. Speeding, distracted driving, limited sight and the constant presence of pedestrians all contribute to high injury and fatality rates. People may feel that they can let their guard down when entering a parking lot; this is why technology use is more frequent in parking lots than on highways and surface streets.

Social Security Disability benefits can help injured workers

Kentucky residents who are dealing with a serious disability could be pursuing Social Security Disability benefits after their ability to work has been curtailed by a major accident. While many people think of the retirement program when they consider Social Security, the non-retirement benefits of the program can be some of the most important for participants facing different circumstances.

The most dangerous roads in Kentucky

Kentucky has miles of open roads and highways that wind up into the mountains, creating picturesque scenery and also potentially dangerous driving areas. On lists that rank states for dangerous driving, Kentucky often falls somewhere in the middle. While not the most dangerous state, certain roads exact a higher death toll than others.

OSHA has hired fewer inspectors under Trump administration

According to information obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has lost 40 inspectors due to workforce reduction under the Trump administration. Efforts to fill these vacancies have slowed as part of a larger cost-cutting goal to reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy. It's a trend that could impact employees in Kentucky, particularly individuals working in hazardous occupations such as manufacturing.

New report uncovers meat processing industry's risks

The Government Accountability Office has released a report that should interest anyone in Kentucky who is connected to the meat processing industry. The GAO's findings are based on interviews with 72 workers in five different states, and they lay out the common risks that the estimated 480,000 meat and poultry workers face here in the U.S.

Hands-free doesn’t mean distraction free

It doesn’t matter if it took you three tries or just one to pass your driver’s test. When it comes to being focused on the road; skill doesn’t have anything to do with it. Cellphones would seem to be the most likely cause but they aren’t the only culprit. Even with the implementation of voice-activated systems in cars, drivers still can’t seem to keep their eyes on the road.

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