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Safety precautions could mitigate risks of holiday road trips

Ohio residents who plan on traveling over Thanksgiving may want to know more about the dangers of holiday road trips. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, roadway fatalities peak on Thanksgiving and drop only slightly over the winter. The most recent statistics available from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicate that the Thanksgiving holiday may be a deadly time to take to the road.

According to NHTSA, 764 fatal accidents were reported during Thanksgiving in 2012, and 654 deadly crashes reportedly occurred during Christmas that same year. The agency believes that in many of these cases, simple safety precautions could have saved lives. The data shows that approximately 60 percent of the people who were killed in these crashes had failed to buckle up. Drunk driving was a factor in at least 40 percent of the reported fatalities.

Tips for a safe Black Friday

Black Friday has become something of a safety risk for quite a few of the people who venture out in search of good deals. Not only do crowded parking lots increase the risk of pedestrians being hit and cars hitting each other, shoppers are packed into stores and tempers may flare.

For example, there have been fights among Black Friday shoppers over items such as towels and TVs. Here are a few ways to stay safe this Black Friday.

Poor slip resistance leads to slip and falls, study shows

Floors produce what is called a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) level, and higher ones denote better slip resistance. In a CNA study of slip-and-fall accidents, researchers found that 50 percent of the surveyed sites had floors that did not pass the minimum DCOF threshold of 0.42, which was set by the American National Standards Institute. This should give some business owners in Ohio and across the US cause for concern.

Researchers studied all of the slip-and-fall liability claims over a six-year period and found that while these incidents are frequent, they tend to result in minor injuries. However, some people did suffer from traumatic brain injuries, leading to many general liability claims to be filed rather than workers' compensation ones. The accidents occurred most often in entryways followed by parking lots and sidewalks leading to entrances.

Dressing to protect against arc flash injuries

People in Ohio who work with electricity must be sure to wear person protective gear. Every year, about 2,000 people around the country end up in the hospital as a result of arc flash injuries, and around 400 of those people die from infection or burns.

One man who survived an arc flash injury in 2011 was working without protective gear because he had loaned his suit to a coworker. There was no breaker at the site where the man was moving a temporary power feed, and it was nearly the end of the work day. He opted to continue work rather than calling the power company to get the power turned off. In the arc flash explosion that followed, the man suffered burns over 16 percent of his body. He only recovered after several months. Had he been wearing the protective gear, his injuries would not have been as serious.

Crash risk higher for truckers with multiple health problems

Truck drivers who work in Ohio understand the challenges of staying healthy. Long hours sitting in the cab, broken sleep patterns and truck stop food raise barriers to good health. When a trucker's health deteriorates, they generate more crashes, according to a study from a university medical school.

The statistical analysis performed by the researchers identified the greatest risks among people with multiple medical conditions. Truck drivers troubled by three or more health issues experienced accidents at two to four times the rate of healthier operators. Medical conditions most associated with accident risks included diabetes, low back pain and heart disease. Among the 49,464 medical records of commercial truck drivers examined by researchers, 34 percent of the people had symptoms of at least one of the worrisome medical problems.

Stairway accidents common across all ages in Ohio

A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that injuries incurred on stairs are common to all age groups. Researchers analyzed over 25 million cases of Americans going to the ER due to stairway injuries between the years 1990 and 2012; although the highest injury rates were among the elderly, children 3 and under, and young adults in their 20s, over two-thirds of patients were between the ages of 11 and 60.

Slips, trips and falls were the most common cause of stairway accidents, leading to sprains, strains, fractures and, especially in the case of children 10 and under, head injuries. Over 60 percent of accidents took place at home, and over 60 percent of the victims were women.

Drivers of older vehicles more likely to die in car crashes

Ohio parents who are thinking about buying an inexpensive used car for their teenagers who just got their drivers' licenses may be interested to learn that, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, the age of a vehicle affects a driver's chance of dying in a car accident. The chance of dying in a crash goes up the older the vehicle is.

Researchers found that drivers of vehicles that are 18 years or older are 71 percent more likely to die in a car accident that drivers of vehicles that are 3 years old or newer. Drivers of vehicles that are 4 to 7 years old are 10 percent more likely to die in a crash while drivers of vehicles that are 8 to 11 years old are 19 percent more likely to die. The NHTSA researchers did adjust for the effects of time of day, speeding, driver age and blood alcohol content in addition to other factors.

4 ways to spot distracted drivers

Distracted driving is a significant problem. If you get into an accident because of a distracted driver, you could suffer a severe injury. Drivers who take their attention off the road by texting, putting on makeup or eating food for even a second put you at risk. 

But how can you stay alert? You may be doubtful that you can notice a distracted motorist, but that is not true. Here are ways you can spot a distracted driver. 

Dangers of falls at construction sites

Many Ohio residents work in the construction industry, which carries significant hazards. Falls are the top cause of work-related injuries and fatalities at construction sites. Because of the dangers that are presented by falls, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focused on safety measures that can help to prevent them.

According to OSHA, 350 of the 937 construction-site deaths that happened in 2015 involved falls. The agency has numerous regulations in place that the construction industry is supposed to follow. Unfortunately, many companies try to cut corners, leading to catastrophic injury accidents. Because of these violations, OSHA has started levying substantial fines against repeat offender companies.

Many drivers believe they can text and drive safely

Some Ohio drivers may be among those who fell they can text and drive safely while also believing that doing so is a main cause of accidents. In August 2017, Progressive Insurance conducted an online survey in which over 90 percent of the roughly 1,000 respondents said that texting and driving should be illegal. Despite that, 34 percent reported that they were very or somewhat confident in their own ability to do so safely.

The results showed a significant difference in attitude based on age. Nearly two-thirds of 18-to-34-year-olds reported this level of confidence while only around 6 percent of drivers 55 and older had the same level of confidence. There were gender differences as well with 21 percent of men describing themselves as very confident compared to 11 percent of women.

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