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July 2017 Archives

Trench accident fatalities

When it comes to construction jobs in Maryland and elsewhere, trenching is considered to be one of the most dangerous tasks due to the risk of collapse. If a trench does collapse, for example, the weight of the dirt making up the walls could crush workers. In 2016 alone, there were more than 20 fatalities resulting from collapsed trenches.

NSC praises Maryland lawmakers in State of Safety report

Maryland was one of seven states to be awarded a passing grade of B by the National Safety Council in the nonprofit group's audit of the nation's safety laws. The NSC graded states based on how well they protect their residents from accidents in the home, at work and on the roads. While no state was considered worthy of an A, eleven received a scathing F. The State of Safety report was released by the NSC as the organization wrapped up its annual National Safety Month initiative at the end of June. Accidental deaths in the United States have increased by 7 percent since 2014, and traffic, household and workplace accidents now claim the lives of more than 140,000 Americans each year.

Winners emerge from IIHS car accident safety tests

Results from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety crash tests show Maryland drivers have a number of new choices in the large and luxury classes. An article in USA Today helps explain why this is important in terms of the criteria for an automobile being designated a Top Safety Pick Plus. It also details why Tesla and others were not selected for the category.

Self-driving cars raise safety concerns

Many safety advocates in Maryland and around the country are concerned about the potential roadway repercussions of the development of self-driving cars. While a number of major corporations are pursuing projects related to autonomous vehicles, consumer advocates are urging enhanced safety testing and certifications for the vehicles.

Young workers and the risk of injury

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, there were 19.1 million workers younger than 24 years old in 2015. That represented 13 percent of the American workforce. However, younger workers in Maryland and elsewhere may be faced with hazards such as working on substandard equipment or receiving inadequate training. In 2015, 403 workers under the age of 24 died while on the job.

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