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March 2019 Archives

Learn how to avert a dog bite attack

Each year, stray dogs and beloved family pets are unnecessarily euthanized because they bit strangers, visitors or family members. On the opposite end of the spectrum, countless injuries and fewer deaths occur from dogs that attack and maim people.

Farm machine vibrations linked with worker back pain

New Jersey residents should know that operating farm machinery comes with health risks. A NIOSH-funded study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa measured the vibration levels of 112 pieces of farm machinery as they were being operated by 55 workers. These machines included combines, tractors, forklifts, skid loaders and ATVs. Floor and seat sensors measured vibrations. The latter monitored how well the seats absorbed the vibrations.

Info requested regarding powered industrial trucks

Some New Jersey workers may be interested in the Request for Information that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on March 11. The RFI was issued to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about using powered industrial trucks in the construction, general and maritime industry classifications. The agency may revise its existing standards for the use of powered industrial trucks, and the information received from the stakeholders will be used by the agency to determine what actions will be necessary to revise the standards.

Drowsy driving a major issue after daylight saving time

Drivers need to sleep for at least seven hours each night to be safe on the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that drivers who get one or two fewer hours of sleep within a 24-hour period almost double their risk of getting into an accident. For this reason, AAA has continually reminded people in New Jersey and across the US to readjust their sleep schedules when preparing to "spring forward" for daylight saving time.

Safety concerns persist with driverless cars

Autonomous cars are being developed by automakers like Ford, GM, Tesla, Toyota and Volvo. Google started testing systems for driverless cars back in 2009, and Waymo is managing them in Arizona. All of this shows that self-driving cars are becoming more and more of a reality, yet New Jersey residents should know about the many safety concerns.

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