It's been an uncertain spring in many parts of the U.S. But with calendar turning to May next week, authorities in Maryland and across the nation are making plans for the summer road construction season. It is important that those plans include proper attention to worker safety.
Construction work is well known to be dangerous work. In 2011, 721 workers died in construction accidents. This was 17.5 percent of the total number of work fatalities in private industry that year.
It's no secret that construction work is dangerous work. But that makes it all the more important to provide adequate protections for construction workers on job sites.
2012 was a terrible year for shootings in the U.S. Many of them involved multiple fatalities. Though they occurred in various states and settings, many shootings were in workplaces. It is worth asking, then, what additional steps employers should be taking to prevent workplace violence.
Injuries from workplace falls are a frequent type of workers' compensation claim. This is particularly true on construction sites, where scaffolding collapses and ladder falls are far too common. These falls can not only cause injuries; they can be deadly.
Autumn has (finally) arrived, with cooler temperatures. But the brutal heat of the summer has scarcely been forgotten - especially for the family of a man killed on the job in a heat-related incident last summer in Washington, D.C.
A review of the list of America's most dangerous jobs, as measured by fatalities, is daunting yet informative. Commercial fishermen, loggers and airplane pilots are prominent on the list of workplace deaths. No surprises there; the challenges of those very specific industries are well known.
A lot has changed over the past few decades when it comes to keeping our children safe. Regulations for the production of toys, household products and child safety seats have gotten more stringent, and laws at both the state and federal level appear to be reducing the number of child injuries and deaths.
One of the responsibilities we all have as drivers is to make sure our vehicles are in safe driving condition. A car with faulty, broken or unstable parts creates a risk not just to ourselves and our passengers, but to other motorists on the road. If a car accident results from a vehicle that isn't in working order, a driver could even face criminal charges.
Many 16-year-olds are looking forward to a school-free summer, family vacations and hanging out with friends. However, none of those carefree, seasonal activities are available to a teenager recently charged with negligent homicide after a fatal car accident in a nearby state. Police say the young female driver killed a man because she was distracted by a cellphone.