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Common causes of trucking accidents

Semi-truck accidents can have brutal consequences due to the impact of a massive vehicle colliding with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian. On March 5, a semi-truck crashed into a vehicle and injured two state troopers in Maryland Heights. Tractor-trailer accidents are often caused by various truck driver errors or equipment failures. Here are some common causes of truck accidents:

Distracted driving

Truck drivers are prone to distraction due to the long distances and tedious hours they are often required to travel. Common distractions include:

Important tips for driving a forklift safely

Working in an industrial or warehouse environment requires a special skill set, but it requires a special knowledge of safety, too. There are many risks in this type of workplace that may not be present elsewhere, so learning them and taking preventative action is essential to avoiding unnecessary injuries. The following four tips can help you be conscientious when you operate a forklift and minimize some of the most common risks it involves.

Report on concussions: Three important findings

Medical advances have given us the opportunity to learn more about how the brain works. One realization in recent years is the vast impact of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Studies have brought attention to the fact that these injuries are more dangerous than we once thought.

We now know that TBIs can result in symptoms that last weeks, months and even years after the initial accident that resulted in the injury. We know that these injuries can also increase the risk of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's later in life.

New OSHA rule: Did your employer report all injuries as required?

When you work in a manufacturing facility, personal safety is on the top of your mind. Moreover, you would think that with all the alarms, warning lights and guards in place on the equipment, that you are working in as safe an environment as is possible under the circumstances. Unfortunately, many employees find themselves in a different situation.

The new OSHA reporting rule: what happened?

Beginning in January of 2015, all companies were required to immediately report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) any severe injuries, such as amputations or an incident that resulted in hospitalization.

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