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How to reduce the chances of a drunk driver hitting you

Everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous. It is easy to avoid drunk driving yourself by simply avoid driving after consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of others. You may never know when there are intoxicated motorists on the road putting you at risk.

So how can you avoid a drunk driver hitting you? Here are some lifesaving tips for reducing your chances of encountering an impaired motorist.

Scaffolding safety tips: Rules every worker should know

Scaffolds are a familiar sight on construction sites, and indispensable when it comes to working in high places. But scaffolds are also a common source of danger for workers -- especially when the proper safety measures aren't taken.

Here are some scaffolding safety rules that every construction worker should know:

Driver fatigue can be deadly when it affects commercial truckers

Most people recognize that driving while tired isn't the safest decision. However, many people find themselves in situations where it seems like they don't have another option. Commercial truck drivers all too often fall into this category.

Between their long work hours and demanding schedules, it can be difficult for commercial drivers to work adequate rest into their daily schedule. Some drive for more than half of the day. Unfortunately, all of that driving while drowsy greatly increases the risk that commercial trucks pose to other people on the road.

Pedestrian deaths highest in nearly 3 decades

When it comes to traffic safety, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that, across the board, traffic fatalities are decreasing. But the bad news is that we have entered a period of record highs for pedestrian traffic deaths.

The author of a recently released research study on pedestrian fatalities for Smart Growth America, a nationwide community growth organization, studied statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She devised a nine-year period from 2008 to 2017 designated as the "pedestrian danger index."

How to help your kids stay safe as pedestrians

Children can't drive, so when they need to get from point A to B, they usually walk or ride a bicycle. Therefore, parents need to teach their children well about pedestrian and cycling safety. Starting from a young age, here are some of the best principals parents will want their children to fully understand:

Look both ways. Parents should teach their children to look both ways -- left, right, and then left again -- prior to going across the street. Not only should you teach your young children this skill but you should also burn it into the minds of your teenagers. They should also only cross the road at crosswalks and intersections.

How safe are parking lots?

Most people will agree that one of the more dangerous driving scenarios is to be on a jammed freeway jockeying for position among a sea of commuters heading to work or home. That's certainly true, as many California drivers can attest.

However, fewer consider that parking lots can present significant hazards to motorists and pedestrians as well. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) determined that there are approximately 50,000 collisions annually in parking lots and garages. In those accidents, 60,000 people suffer injuries and at least 500 die.

Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

While many employers take strides to make sure their construction sites are as safe as possible for their workers, others are less thorough, and in some cases, their negligence leads to serious, life-changing injuries and even death. Nowadays, the majority of construction worker injuries and deaths involve the “Fatal Four,” which are the four most frequent causes of construction worker deaths.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, finding ways to improve safety with regard to construction's Fatal Four could save an estimated 582 construction worker lives every year. As you might imagine, many of the reasons construction companies find themselves in violation of OSHA standards also relate to the Fatal Four, with many receiving citations for lacking adequate fall protection or equipment or having unsafe scaffolding onsite, among other reasons. So, what, exactly, are the construction industry’s Fatal Four, and is your employer doing enough to keep you safe?

What's that you heard about riding a motorcycle? Is it true?

The second you announce to friends and family members that you're getting a motorcycle, you're going to hear two things -- it's dangerous, and you shouldn't get one.

Immediately after that's out of the way, however, you're going to start hearing various "pearls of wisdom" about riding a motorcycle. It seems like everybody has a piece of advice for new riders (even if they've never so much as sat on the seat of a motorcycle themselves).

Revealing the top reason for truck accidents

Truck accidents are devastating. Cars get run off of the road, sandwiched between multiple trucks and hit at intersections. People suffer serious injuries and many lose their lives. In a lot of these cases, the truck drivers themselves are fine, protected by the sheer size of their vehicles, and it's others who suffer the most.

There are a lot of reasons for truck accidents, from distraction to drunk driving to excessive speed. But one study claims to have found the No. 1 reason: Fatigue.

5 reasons for ladder falls

For a construction worker, one of the greatest threats on the job is a ladder fall. It can happen quickly and in seemingly safe conditions. However, there is often an underlying issue that caused the fall to happen and perhaps could have been avoided.

Here are five of the top reasons for these accidents:

  1. The ladder was set up at the wrong angle.
  2. The ladder that was chosen for the job was the wrong one to use.
  3. The ladder was not inspected properly before use.
  4. The workers did not have access to all of the safety information they needed or to the proper tools and safety equipment.
  5. The ladder was used improperly.

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