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August 2018 Archives

Traffic fatalities may drop with rural roundabouts

Missouri drivers might be safer on roads that have roundabouts compared to those that attempt to control traffic in other ways such as with traffic lights. As part of the Vision Zero initiative, for example, North Carolina is building rural roundabouts throughout the state.

How difficult is it to recover hit-and-run damages?

If another motorist hits your car in Missouri and then flees the scene, you may find it quite difficult to learn the driver’s identity, which naturally is the prerequisite for suing him or her for your injuries and/or property damage. Statistically, if neither you nor law enforcement officers can identify the driver within the first few hours after (s)he hits your vehicle, his or her identity likely will remain a mystery forever. Consequently, you need to begin identification attempts immediately.

OSHA recommends safe practices for tree care workers

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has stated that though landscape workers make up less than 1 percent of the nation's workforce, they compose 3.5 percent of workplace fatalities. Among those fatalities, 75 percent are related to tree removal or trimming. The three leading causes are falls, struck-by incidents and electrical accidents. Tree care workers in Missouri should know, however, that OSHA has provided safety recommendations.

Understanding a denial letter for SSD benefits

When people in Missouri apply for Social Security Disability benefits, they often face a denial at the early stages of the process, even when they have an excellent claim. They may learn of this denial through a notice of disapproved claim received in the mail from the Social Security Administration. This type of letter will generally begin with a statement telling the applicant that he or she is not disabled under the guidelines for SSD or SSI benefits.

Crash risk for teens goes up after they get their license

The National Institutes for Health conducted a study with Virginia Tech University, the results of which should be of interest to teens in Missouri. Researchers observed the driving behaviors of 90 teens from the time they obtained their learner's permit and began to drive with parental supervision to the time when they became licensed. The study ended one year after drivers received their license.

Evaluating workplace hazards according to OSHA guidance

OSHA first published its guide "Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs" in 1988 with the goal of improving workplace safety in companies across the United States. In the 30 years that has passed since then, a lot of information about the health and safety of employees has changed, and those changes are reflected in the latest update to the guide.

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