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March 2019 Archives

Study shows farm machine vibrations raise risk for back pain

Farm workers in North Carolina and across the U.S. may be in danger of developing back pain as a result of the vibrations caused by farm machinery. In a NIOSH-funded study, researchers from the University of Iowa examined vibration levels for 112 pieces of machinery as they were being used by 55 farmers. The machines included tractors, combines, forklifts, bobcats and ATVs.

The dangers of scaffolding

On virtually all of your North Carolina construction jobs, you have to work on or around scaffolds. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirms that 65 percent of all construction workers do indeed work on or near scaffolding, tall ladders, hoists and/or lifts virtually every work day. This work, in turns, puts you at high risk for sustaining on-the-job injuries.

Ford "Sleep Suit" replicates experience of drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is not only widespread but also dangerous, accounting for one in five road accidents in North Carolina and across the U.S. Experts say that remaining awake for 18 hours or more can create the same level of impairment as that experienced by a drunk driver. Now, Ford has developed a special "Sleep Suit" to raise awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving. This came just in time for World Sleep Day, which was March 15.

Tesla sees high number of OSHA violations 2014-2018

From 2014 to 2018, Tesla was issued a total of 54 OSHA violations. This is three times higher than all the OSHA violations combined that were issued to all the other top 10 auto plants in the U.S. Nissan came in second with five violations, followed by Toyota and Ford with four violations. North Carolina residents may wonder why Tesla's number is so high.

Traffic groups seek safety devices to be installed on semi-trucks

With a recent rise in the number of fatal truck crashes, two prominent traffic organizations are lobbying the federal government for mandatory safety measures. If the measures become law, it will affect semi-truck drivers in North Carolina as well as those driving through the state.