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Are undergraduate students mixing drowsy and distracted driving?

Distracted driving, such as using a phone when at the wheel, pulls a driver’s attention away from driving safely and responsibly. This can lead the driver to missteps that cause accidents.

Crashes can also come out of a driver being sleepy behind the wheel. When a person is tired, their ability to perform certain tasks in a safe and proper manner, including driving-related tasks, can go down considerably. This is because a person’s level of drowsiness can impact things like their ability to focus, their reaction time and their likelihood of nodding off.

Keeping lake swimmers safe from electrical shocks

In a post last month, we noted that safety concerns can come up in relation to public pools. Of course, public pools are not the only place people go to swim on hot summer days. Some individuals swim in lakes or other bodies of fresh water.

These bodies of water raise their own safety issues when it comes to swimming. For example, when it comes to swimming by docks or marinas in such bodies of water, electrical safety issues can come up.

What poses air pollution risks in indoor workplaces?

The air you breathe while at work is one of the things that can have major implications on your overall health. When the air in your workplace is polluted, it could expose you to things such as eye irritation, throat irritation, nose irritation, headaches, dizziness and other occupational harms and illnesses.

For many U.S. workers, their workplace is indoors. There are a variety of things that can create air pollution risks in indoor workplaces, with some examples including:

  • Improper practices regarding the disposal and handling of garbage.
  • Improper food storage.
  • Failure to properly address liquid spills (as this can create mold risks).
  • Problems with the HVAC systems used in a workplace.
  • The chemicals in certain products. This is why it is very important for businesses to pay close attention to what chemicals the products that are present or used in the places where their employees work (such as wall coverings, paints, air fresheners, fabrics, carpeting, flooring and cleaning products) contain and to keep chemical issues in mind when deciding what products to have/use in workspaces.

The dangers of glitches in car software

We live in an increasingly high-tech world. In this high-tech world, software glitches can create all different kinds of problems. They could even trigger traffic safety hazards.

Today’s motor vehicles have all kinds of electronic systems in them. These systems can be related to a wide range of key vehicle functions, such as braking and engine function. So, when glitches happen in a car’s electronic systems, it could lead to major malfunctions occurring in a car’s operations. Such malfunctions could potentially result in injury-causing or fatal crashes.

Safety gear and cleaning professionals

Among the things that can impact how safe a given place is, like a workspace or a retail space, is how clean it is and how well it is maintained. So, the work of cleaning professionals can be a key one in American workplaces and businesses.

Of course, workers in the custodial/janitorial fields can face their own safety risks when doing cleaning and maintenance work. There are various things related to cleaning work that could pose hazards, including the chemicals used in such work. So, there are many different sorts of injuries a cleaning worker could potentially suffer on the job, including: eye injuries (like chemical splash injuries), chemical exposure injuries (like chemical burns), back injuries (such as injuries related to lifting), slip/trip/fall injuries and hand injuries.

A slap on the wrist?

It was shortly after noon on a July weekday two years ago when an SUV struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Hoyt and Summer streets. According to news reports at the time, the 58-year-old pedestrian was in the crosswalk in downtown Stamford when the accident happened.

However, this past April a jury could not reach a verdict in the case of the SUV driver who had been charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle. Prosecutors have now decided to reduce charges to reckless driving, allowing the driver to avoid the possibility of prison by entering the Accelerated Rehabilitation program.

Distracted drivers must be held accountable for their recklessness

Have you, much like many people out on the Connecticut roads, seen a driver in front of you routinely swerving over the boundary of your lane and the one next to you? Have you seen drivers looking down into their laps as they sit at a stop sign or red light, only to block traffic for ten seconds as they fail to realize things are happening around them? Or what about driving on the highway at night and seeing car after car being illuminated in the inside by the screen of a cellphone?

These are common circumstances out on the road now, and instead of this being a critique of our society and how we use cellphones, let's use this reality to stay safe out on the roads.

What is the most common cause of CT work zone auto crashes?

State statistics indicate that one of the things drivers here in Connecticut need to do a better job of in work zones is keeping an appropriate distance behind the vehicles in front of them.

According to data from the state’s transportation department, following too close was the No. 1 cause of work zone motor vehicle collisions in the state during the period between 2000 and 2014. Of the Connecticut accidents in or near work zones during this period, well over 5,000 of them had following too closely as a contributing factor.

What industries see a lot of hearing loss?

Among the things workers are sometimes exposed to on the job is noise at high volumes. Exposure to large amounts of noise sometimes results in workers suffering hearing loss. Hearing impairment tops the list of most prevalent occupational illnesses here in America.

Work-related hearing loss can have a range of different occupational and financial impacts on a person. Through the state's workers' comp system, Connecticut workers who have suffered occupational hearing loss may be able to receive benefits that can provide them with monetary help and relief when it comes to such impacts. One source of guidance workers who have suffered occupational hearing impairment or other occupational illnesses/injuries can turn to when it comes to seeking workers' compensation benefits are skilled workers' comp lawyers.

2 cars strike and kill pedestrian, details unclear

A 26-year-old man from Bridgeport was killed in Waterbury, Connecticut recently after he was struck by two cars. The man was apparently walking along an exit that connected Route 8 and I-84 when he was hit by the two vehicles. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and neither driver in the case has been charged.

That's all we have in terms of details on this story, though there will surely be some new information soon. Still, even without many details in this tragic case, there are a few things we can learn from it.

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