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October 2015 Archives

Accidents involving self-driving cars

New Jersey residents may be aware that several technology and automotive companies are working to develop a self-driving car. Four states have passed laws allowing autonomous vehicles to be tested on their roads, and companies like Google, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are involved in a race to put the first self-driving car on sale. However, some observers are worried that the desire to be first to market could lead to short cuts being taken and less than perfect technology finding its way into the final product.

Fatal car accident statistics

A recently-published article has shown that New Jersey residents have a relatively low chance of dying in a car accident compared to people in other states. New Jersey comes in at number three on a list of the states where residents are the least likely to die in an auto accident.

New workplace standards for confined spaces

New Jersey employers who do residential construction work have had the period of time for them to comply with revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules for confined spaces extended to Jan. 8, 2016. However, employers in nonresidential construction must begin complying with those guidelines immediately.

Updated OSHA reporting requirements cause confusion

Strict new reporting requirements introduced by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have created a number of challenges for employers in New Jersey and around the country. The new regulations went into effect on Jan. 1, and OSHA personnel have since been struggling to cope with a surge in the number of reports received and a flood of questions from puzzled employers. The number of reports received by OSHA each week has increased from approximately 40 to over 200, but ambiguous language has left many employers concerned about compliance.

Report shows most deadly occupations

New Jersey residents may be interested in the latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries regarding the jobs with the highest number of fatal injuries throughout the United States. According to the findings, the recorded amount of fatal workplace injuries was 4,585 in 2013 and 4,679 during 2014, which marks a 2 percent increase. The report, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released in September, included the amount of fatal work injury rates per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers and a list of the civilian occupations that carry the highest deadly workplace injury rates.

Lifting platforms may be a safer alternative to ladders

New Jersey workers are often injured in falls or other types of accidents involving ladders, due to overreaching or their lack of stability. A portable lifting platform known as the JLG LiftPod is being used in many workplaces to make tasks that would normally require a ladder safer for workers and bystanders.

The most dangerous highways in New Jersey

New Jersey residents may have experience with navigating some of the most dangerous highways in the state. However, according to the state's Department of Transportation, the roadways with the highest number of crashes are not necessarily the same ones with the highest rate of collisions. During 2014, Route 156 in Mercer County averaged over 14 collisions per million miles traveled, registering the highest rate in all of New Jersey. Interestingly enough, this highway is actually less than two miles long.

Fatal workplace injuries slightly up between 2013 and 2014

New Jersey employees may be interested in some of the findings contained in data that was recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on fatal workplace injuries. The agency's annual report found that in 2014, the number of people who died as a result of a work-related injury was 2 percent higher than in the previous year.

Driving in foggy weather

Most New Jersey motorists know that there are risks associated with driving in foggy weather. There are a number of factors that make fog far more dangerous to drive in than normal weather conditions. Traveling in the fog can be especially dangerous on high-speed roadways during a time when visibility is already reduced, such as early morning or late at night.

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