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Electric scooter accident calls attention to unsafe roads

AdobeStock_279706438.jpegEver since electric scooters hit city streets across the country, there have been a wide variety of concerns. From issues over helmet use to catastrophic injuries, the negative issues almost seem to outweigh the convenience. 

Now, there have been three fatal electric scooter accidents in Atlanta. And these recent tragedies are leading many people to rethink scooter safety as well as the conditions of our city's roads.

Do you work alongside a co-worker of the robotic type?

AdobeStock_174943598.jpgIf you work in the manufacturing industry or a warehouse or fulfillment center in Georgia, you could share your work space with a robot. How do you feel about that? Some believe that robots will take over their jobs, but the truth is that, often, they only take over the tasks that put your health and safety at risk. Robots do not get sick, need a vacation or parental leave, and they will make the same repetitive motion over and over again.

While robotics do the mundane and repetitive tasks, you can put your skills to work on more challenging tasks. However, their mere presence requires risk assessment and mitigation of hazards to protect you and your human co-workers.

Atlanta facing safety "crisis" for bicyclists

AdobeStock_175089714.jpegThe Atlanta Regional Commission estimates an average of 90 people are killed while walking or biking in the Atlanta metro every year - with another 300 suffering life-threatening injuries. As more and more neighborhoods focus on walkability and encouraging "greener" transportation, safety concerns still abound all over the region. But, it seems ensuring safety for bicyclists will require big changes to metro streets.

Does your job place you at risk for repetitive stress injuries?

AdobeStock_264619159.jpgSome Georgia jobs are highly dangerous. If you work in construction, on the railroad or as a fire fighter or rescue worker, you are often at risk for injury in the workplace. Electrical work also ranks high on most lists regarding dangerous jobs in America. Proper training and safety equipment can help you stay safe.

Even in an office setting, you can still suffer injury. You might trip over something left in the walkway or fall down a set of slippery stairs. If you travel by vehicle, before, after or during your work day, you could be involved in a workplace collision that results in injury. You may also be at risk for repetitive stress injuries, which often develop slowly, over time.

Keep fireworks safety in mind this Fourth of July

AdobeStock_180097951.jpegThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that emergency room personnel across the country treated 9,100 fireworks-related injuries in 2018. Nearly two-thirds of those injuries occurred during the month surrounding the Fourth of July.

Surprisingly, many of those injuries did not stem from large or illegal fireworks. CPSC reports that firecrackers were to blame for 19% of those emergency room visits, making them the number one cause of fireworks injuries.

High threat of danger faced by construction workers in trenches

AdobeStock_206663781.jpgSafety authorities say trenches pose some of the most significant hazards on construction sites nationwide, including Georgia. That is why they have a National Trench Safety Stand Down in June of every year. With a myriad of construction projects scheduled for the summer months, more workers will need reminding that a collapsing trench wall could cause death in the blink of an eye.

Can you imagine bearing the weight of a small pickup truck or a car? That is the weight of the soil that could bury you if you are in a trench when a wall caves in. You might not realize it, but it can suffocate you within minutes, and there is little chance of survival.

How Georgia's motorcycle helmet laws affect riders

AdobeStock_116228976.jpegWith the official start of summer fast approaching, many people are taking advantage of the many beautiful motorcycle routes Georgia has to offer. However, with the freedom that comes with a motorcycle ride comes the risk of serious injury in an accident.

Number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents on the rise

AdobeStock_124809227.jpegIn the first half of 2018, more than 130 pedestrians were killed in accidents on Georgia streets. The rise in pedestrian deaths in Georgia follows growth in such accidents across the country. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities increased by 35% between 2008 and 2017.

Researchers say it is unclear why Georgia is seeing a spike in pedestrian deaths, but that several factors are contributing to these accidents across the country:

What happens if your Uber or Lyft crashes?

AdobeStock_126870960.jpegIt's late. You made the responsible decision not to drive yourself to and from drinks with friends. You open an app on your phone and hail a ride home. Everything seems normal until another vehicle collides with the car you're riding in.

Millions of people use rideshare apps every day to get to work as well as home from the bar. However, what happens if you are involved in a crash during the ride?

You can insist on LOTO to prevent serious injury

AdobeStock_101129781.jpgIf your workplace duties have you working near the moving parts of machinery, you must insist on receiving the necessary safety training to prevent losing your life or a body part. Too many workers in the Atlanta metro area and across Georgia suffer catastrophic injuries because their employers fail to comply with lockout/tagout safety standards. Typical injuries include amputations, electrocutions and other serious injuries that could be fatal.

You will be at risk even if you do not operate the machine but are involved in its maintenance, repairs, cleaning, adjusting and servicing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates the installation of lockout/tagout devices to manage hazardous energy. These devices can also prevent others from reactivating equipment during maintenance or other procedures that expose you to moving or rotating parts.

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