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January 2018 Archives

When using gas pumps makes sense

North Carolina workers who are tasked with using a gas detector generally use one with a pump on it. It is thought that the detectors are slower and less reliable without one. While this may be more myth than fact, a pump may make it safer to check the air for toxic or combustible substances. This is because air can be drawn into the detector and analyzed from a safer location.

Reducing backover accidents at work sites

North Carolina employees who work in construction or other industries that requires them to be around large trucks may be aware of the dangers. For example, workers are often at risk for being struck by heavy vehicles that are backing up. In many cases, these often fatal accidents can happen when the driver of the vehicle is unaware that there is a worker in harm's way.

The danger of overloaded trucks

When traveling the roads of North Carolina, drivers may want to be on the lookout for trucks carrying heavy loads. Overloaded trucks can make it more difficult for the truck driver to control the vehicle; in fact, overloading is one of the leading causes of truck accidents.

How wearable tech helps construction workers stay safe

Every year in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S., workplace injuries and illnesses cost businesses an average of $250 billion. In response, many companies are adopting wearable technology for their employees. This can both reduce safety risks and leverage a great deal of insurance benefits.

How to handle common traffic situations

North Carolina residents may avoid moving violations and accidents by understanding who has the right-of-way on the road. If a driver sees an ambulance or another emergency vehicle, that driver must pull his or her vehicle to the side of the road. Drivers must generally stop when a school bus is stopped or if children are being offloaded. One of the most common moving violations is running a red light, and drivers are required to stop when they see one.