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Vehicle rollovers 101

Vehicle rollover crashes cause serious – even fatal – injuries. Rollovers only happen in about three percent of car accidents, but they result in 30 percent of crash deaths. Rollovers can happen in an instant, but understanding why they happen and ways to minimize the chance of injury may help you stay safe.

Which vehicles are most susceptible?

Beware these driving hazards

We all know that there are hazards on the roadways. Every time we get behind the wheel, we must contend with road conditions, weather, traffic levels and more in order to stay safe.

In addition to these, we must deal with the poor choices of other drivers. Experts recognize some driving behaviors as being so prevalent they've earned a distinctive nickname: the "4 Ds" of dangerous driving.

Workers’ Compensation for firefighters facing cancer

Firefighters have a dangerous job. They run into danger when most others run the other way. They face exposure to extreme heat, toxic chemicals, smoke and dangerous fires.

Firefighters have, according to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, a 14 percent higher chance of dying from cancer than the general population. A recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shows that firefighters are a higher risk of digestive, oral, respiratory and urinary system cancers.

Can a new device put a stop to distracted driving?

Autonomous vehicles are in development, but they aren’t yet mainstream. This means, of course, that we need to be, as drivers, alert, awake and aware at all times behind the wheel of our vehicles. Sadly, many of us take our responsibilities as drivers for granted. We drive while distracted or while fatigued, or even after drinking to excess.

A new device might help drivers, particularly young drivers, stay focused on the road ahead. The Ridy Distracted Driving Alert Device uses recent advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning to scan a driver’s face and hands to determine focus. If the device detects a distracted driver or one who is nodding off, it sounds an audible alarm to remind that driver to get back to the business at hand. The device is affordable, installs in seconds, requires no wireless connection or monitoring, and can go in any model of vehicle (not just newer ones).

Fatalities and teen drivers

Maryland teens may be at higher risk for fatal accidents when they have teenage passengers. New research released by the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that teen drivers with teenage passengers have a 51 percent higher risk of getting in a fatal car crash.

Interestingly, the rate of a fatal accident decreased eight percent when teen drivers had a passenger over the age of 35 in the vehicle. This goes to show that teen drivers under adequate supervision make better choices and are less likely to get in a crash. AAA recommends that teen drivers have at least 100 hours of supervised driving with a parent or qualified instructor before driving alone with teenage passengers.

Safety matters for temporary workers, too

This time of year, leading up to the Christmas and Hanukkah season, sees retailers, factories, delivery/logistics providers and more adding temporary workers en masse. Temp or seasonal workers sometimes get a “bad rap” on the job, because they are only there to tide things over until work slows back down. That is wholly unfair to the countless men and women who fill these seasonal positions, though.

Temporary and seasonal workers have every expectation for the job that permanent workers do, including adequate pay, timely breaks, and sufficient safety protections. This is true even for workers hired by staffing agencies and trained on site. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provisions and state-level Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) regulations apply to host employers and staffing agencies alike.

Switch to standard time increases car-pedestrian accident risk

Fall can be a dangerous time for pedestrians, as dusk becomes part of rush hour. The end of daylight savings time moves sundown right into the commute, meaning that drivers are forced to adjust to less ambient light and more light from headlights and streetlights. The difference in light changes the appearance of things. It changes the shadows. Small moving objects like pedestrians seem to disappear.

Unfortunately, rush hour is already risky for pedestrians

OSHA releases preliminary list of top workplace violations

Recently, the National Safety Council held their Congress & Expo, billed as the country’s largest gathering of safety professionals. As part of that, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released their top 10 most frequently cited workplace violations for fiscal year 2018.

The list is preliminary at this time, but provides a good snapshot of on-the-job hazards across the nation.

What should you do after a Maryland car accident?

Statistically speaking, most of us will end up in an auto accident at some point in our lives, whether as a driver or as a passenger. Understanding what steps to take following an accident can make the insurance claims process easier, and can make it easier to seek compensation from the at-fault driver through a personal injury claim.

Here is a handy checklist of what you should do following a Maryland car crash.

Two workers hurt by falling glass at Baltimore building tower

Two workers recently suffered injury from falling glass coming from a large shattered window at a Baltimore area office and residential tower. The 20-story Exelon Building at Harbor Point houses the regional headquarters of the Exelon power conglomerate, as well as more than 100 apartments and several ground-level retail stores.

This injury-causing window is the latest in a long line of failures – and injuries – seen both in this building and in others around the country. The owner of the Exelon Building, Beatty Development Group, suspects that flaws in the windows themselves, namely tiny inclusions of nickel sulfide in the glass, are to blame for the accident.

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