June 2018 Archives

Workplace heat can cause injuries

Summer weather can bring with it an assortment of dangers and threats to workplace safety for Kentucky workers on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not issued a formal regulation in regard to heat stress standards, but it has conducted an ongoing campaign, especially in the summer seasons, to cut down on the risks to workers' health as a result of exposure to excessive heat. By implementing protective measures, employers can help stop some of the workplace injuries and illnesses caused by heat on the job. However, even in states like California that have heat regulations for outdoor workers in place, these are some of the most commonly violated workplace rules.

Falling down on the job can be deadly

For many workers in Kentucky, slip-and-fall hazards occur on a regular basis. These falls, slips and trips can be more than just minor accidents. In 2014 alone, 660 workers died on the job after falling from a height to a lower level. Another 138 died from workplace falls that took place at the same level. While some industries, like construction, may be more prone to serious slip-and-fall accidents, such incidents can happen in almost any environment.

Sanitation workers face danger on the job

Sanitation workers in Kentucky and across the country often face an elevated risk of workplace accidents and injuries. While garbage and recycling trucks are a common fixture and a necessary service in every area, they can also be the site of injuries to sanitation workers engaged in trash collection. Indeed, 2018 dawned with a sober reminder of the dangers these employees often face on the job: In the first 10 days of the year, seven workers in the sanitation industry lost their lives on the job.

How tired and drunk driving are equally dangerous

There are many signs that a driver in Kentucky is too tired to drive. For instance, that person may not be able to remember the last road that he or she just drove past. Tired drivers might also have difficulty keeping their eyes open or could yawn excessively. While up to 60 percent of adults have acknowledged that they have driven while tired, it is not a harmless activity.

Tesla CEO displeased by news coverage of self-driving car crash

A wave of accidents may convince residents of Kentucky that progress on self-driving vehicle technology is slow and full of dangers. They would be right. Uber had to suspend its self-driving cars in Arizona after a March accident took the life of a pedestrian. A May accident in Utah between a Tesla Model S and a fire truck has received wide news coverage as well. The driver of the Tesla vehicle had engaged Autopilot but was distracted by her phone. She survived with only a broken ankle.

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