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September 2016 Archives

OSHA reports that the severe injury reporting rule is successful

Ohio workers may be interested to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a report detailing how well the severe injury reporting program has worked since it became effective on Jan. 1, 2015. The program, which requires employers in federal OSHA states to report severe injuries, eye losses and amputations to the agency within 24 hours, has reportedly been a success.

Sleep apnea study proposal by the FMCSA garners mixed opinions

In an effort to reduce serious roadway accidents involving large trucks in Ohio and throughout the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule that aims to screen truck drivers for sleep apnea. A September 2016 report defines sleep apnea as a medical condition that may cause interruptions in the breathing cycle during sleep. Those suffering from the condition may feel groggy or fatigued while awake.

Commercial vehicle crashes on the rise in Ohio

Economic growth has brought one negative side effect to Ohio's highways: with more semi-trucks on the road, commercial vehicle crashes are also up. According to the Springfield News-Sun, crashes involving trucks, buses or other commercial vehicles increased by 13 percent from 2012 to 2015, and fatalities from such crashes increased by 12 percent.

Who was at fault for my car accident?

If you have been involved in a car accident in Ohio, one of the first questions that you may have after seeking medical treatment is how it is determined who is at fault for the accident. Establishing liability is necessary before you can receive compensation for the damages that you suffered.

Spike in traffic fatalities in 2015

Gas prices in Ohio and around the country have been relatively low for some time, and this is one of the chief reasons for an increase in U.S. traffic accident fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While car makers are equipping their vehicles with an ever widening array of sophisticated safety features, the federal agency says this has not been enough to prevent auto accident deaths in 2015 increasing by more than 7 percent compared to 2014 figures. The data was released in an Aug. 26 report that NHTSA hopes will act as a call to action for lawmakers and police departments around the country.

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