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October 2018 Archives

Teens driving teens linked to higher crash fatalities

Teen drivers in New Jersey may pose a greater risk to themselves and also to others on the road - especially if they drive when accompanied only by other teens. These were the findings of new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, released in October 2018 for National Teen Driver Safety Week. The study found that when teen drivers were accompanied by teen passengers, the fatality rate for all people involved in a collision escalated by 51 percent.

NSC survey raises concerns about fatigue in high-risk jobs

New Jersey residents who work in the manufacturing, utilities, construction or transportation industry will want to know the results of a recent survey from the National Safety Council. It turns out that shift workers in these four safety-critical industries are at the highest risk for job-related fatigue. In all, 69 percent of employees reported feeling tired at work.

Escalators are more dangerous than you might think

If you go to the mall, pass through airports or visit a major office building on a regular basis, chances are that using an escalator is a common occurrence. When something feels like a common occurrence, however, it's easy to forget how dangerous it is. Don't let this happen to you or your family when it comes to using escalators.

Excavation enforcement a top priority for OSHA

Employers in New Jersey can expect increased enforcement of OSHA rules related to trenching and excavation. From 2011 to 2016, there were 130 deaths related to trenching or excavation, and 49 percent of those fatalities happened between 2015 and 2016. Employers are required to inspect trenches on a regular basis to identify hazards that could lead to a worker being hurt or killed. There are many steps that can be taken to prevent a trench collapse.

Most drivers overestimate the abilities of car safety systems

According to a new study, most drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are over-dependent on their vehicle's collision avoidance systems. The study was conducted by researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.