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October 2018 Archives

OSHA focuses on excavation dangers on the job

New Jersey workers in construction know that their jobs can be dangerous. Since construction workers often operate in incomplete structures and use heavy machinery, the consequences of a workplace accident or injury can be severe. Trenching and excavation projects can pose particular risks, especially those associated with possible cave-ins or collapse. Across the country, there has been an increase in deadly accidents connected to these types of projects. Between 2011 and 2016, 130 workers died on the job while engaged in trenching or excavation work.

AAA releases data on teen driver fatality rates

Teen drivers in New Jersey should know that National Teen Driver Safety Week was held in October. As a part of this movement to raise awareness about the risks that teen drivers face, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released some new data showing that teens face higher risks for fatal accidents when they have only teen passengers.

OSHA revises NEP on excavation and increases enforcement

Construction employees in New Jersey who work frequently may be aware that OSHA has a National Emphasis Program for trenching and excavation. On Oct. 1, a revised NEP went into effect and initiated a 90-day outreach period for employers across the U.S. who need help complying with OSHA's safety standards. The updates come as a response to the increase in deaths and injuries among trenching and excavation workers.

AAA study reveals an overreliance on safety tech

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study showing that many drivers do not understand the limits of vehicle safety technology like blind-spot monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. This overreliance on technology has become a concern in New Jersey and across the U.S., raising questions as to whether drivers are really prepared for autonomous vehicles.

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