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October 2018 Archives

OSHA's NEP to enforce trenching and excavation safety guidelines

OSHA has added to its series of National Emphasis Programs, this time with one on trenching and excavation safety. Employers in Kentucky who want to ensure compliance with the federal safety guidelines in this field can consult a newly updated Trenching and Excavation Quick Card. In addition, they can reach out to their regional OSHA office for assistance.

Legalized marijuana and car accidents

Medical marijuana may eventually be legal in all 50 states, including Kentucky, but legislative efforts to legalize marijuana in Kentucky so far have not been successful. States where marijuana is legal for recreational purposes have seen a rise in the number of car accidents according to statistics from the National Safety Transportation Safety Board.

The state closes an accident-prone intersection for repairs

Using funds available through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Act, Kentucky has designated a notorious section of state highway for repairs to improve the safety hazard it poses for drivers. The project will cost in excess of $1.5 million, and the road will be closed to motorists for at least four weeks. This is one of three local projects identified as in need of immediate attention, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson said.

Some jobs have higher risk of opioid overdose

According to the results of a recent study, workers in construction and extraction jobs are six times more likely to die due to opioid use. Opioid overdose and misuse are typically not seen as work-related issues in Kentucky. However, the study draws a connection from particular jobs to opioid overdose.

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