December 2018 Archives
Missouri motorists might be aware that the number of truck accidents around the country has risen in the last 10 years. This is concerning for road safety advocates because about 15 million semi-tractor trailers transport about 70 percent of the goods purchased in the United States. To better understand the causes of this disturbing rise in truck accidents and truck accident deaths, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studied a representative example of about 120,000 fatal truck accidents that took place over a 33-month period.
With the start of a new year, traffic on highways and thoroughfares may still be bad long after people have returned home from holiday celebrations. You might think a return to normal routine would reduce the number of cars on the roads, but that is not always the case.
Safety advocates in Missouri and across the country are urging members of Congress to take action to reduce the risk of severe, often fatal trucking accidents. Underride crashes occur when a passenger car or other smaller vehicle slides and is trapped beneath the carriage of a large commercial truck in a collision. These accidents are frequently fatal, leading to severe head and neck injuries. As a result, advocates want to strengthen regulations that could prevent these types of crashes from becoming so severe.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 23 excavation and trench-related deaths across the U.S. in 2016; this is double the average of the previous five years. The year 2017 saw 17 deaths, but when combined with the number of injury reports made to OSHA, it was by far the most dangerous year to date for trench workers. Missouri residents who work in the excavation industry should know what factors into this rise.
With the holiday shopping season come additional work hours and extra pay for retail workers in Missouri. While workers may benefit financially on the one hand, they could suffer from loss of sleep and lost family time on the other. In 2016, 24 percent of U.S. employees said that work interfered with personal and family obligations. This is just one of a few challenges pointed out by OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.