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Trucking companies divided over electronic logging

A new federal regulation to require commercial truck drivers to use electronic devices to log their work hours, rather than relying on pen and paper, appears to have divided the trucking industry. Big companies are in favor of the new rule, while small operations oppose it, Logistics Management reports.

Readers are likely aware that regulations limit how many hours semi-truck drivers can spend on the road without a break, and how many hours they can work in a given week. But it may surprise you to learn that truckers use paper logs to keep track of their hours. In effect, safety inspectors largely relied on the honesty of truck drivers and their employers in preventing drowsy driving, which can lead to devastating truck accidents.

West Virginia woman slips, suffers brain injury at Hobby Lobby

Stores in West Virginia owe it to their customers to keep their premises reasonably clean and safe. This includes maintaining the floors inside the store, and the walkways that lead to the doors. Floors, sidewalks and parking lots that are poorly maintained pose a serious risk to customers, who can easily hurt themselves in a slip-and-fall incident.

A slip and fall can injure virtually any part of the victim’s body, including the brain. Even though the victim was not travelling at highway speeds, he or she can still suffer greatly from a blow to the head.

West Virginia family sues Famco for rear-end crash

A family that was caught in a car accident with a commercial vehicle has sued the truck driver’s employer for negligently injuring them. They say that, as employer, the business is responsible for its driver’s alleged negligence.

According to the West Virginia Record, the family was driving in Wayne County late one afternoon in September 2013. Inside the car was a married couple and their two children.

3 rules to avoid hurting your back while lifting heavy objects

A back injury is one of the most effective ways of losing your ability to work. Besides being painful, an injured back can make it impossible to perform manual labor, or even sit at a desk for long periods.

Many people injure their backs on the job while lifting a heavy object. Lifting things is a common duty in many jobs, but it takes just one bad lift to put you out of commission for a while.

As legal marijuana spreads, what about drugged driving crashes?

As of now, medical marijuana has not reached West Virginia. But many states have legalized marijuana use for certain medical purposes. Four states, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, have gone so far as to legalize marijuana entirely for adults. Federal authorities have yet to intervene, so it appears that these changes to the law will hold up indefinitely.

The growing legal use of marijuana has several implications, public safety among them. Though it may be legal for you to use marijuana, depending on where you are, while high you may not be able to drive safely. But as with alcohol, many people choose to use marijuana and drive, despite the risk of causing a serious auto accident.

Despite traffic law, tow truck drivers vulnerable to nearby cars

Working as a tow-truck driver requires you to spend most of your shift in your truck or on the street. Often, drivers must work just a few feet away from busy traffic while getting a disabled vehicle ready to get towed away. If a vehicle gets too close, the driver can get run over, or caught in a chain-reaction crash.

Like most states, West Virginia has a “move over” law designed to protect tow truck drivers. Motorists passing a stationary emergency vehicle, including a tow truck driver, with its flashing lights on, are required to change lanes if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, the motorist must slow down to at least 15 mph on a non-divided highway, or 25 mph on a divided highway.

Former sheriff pleads guilty to drinking and driving

Drunk drivers in West Virginia kill. Not every time. But the fact that a habitual drunk driver avoids a car crash most of the time does not justify his or her reckless behavior. It only takes one violent wreck for a drunk driver to take away a life forever.

A former county sheriff in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to DUI, avoiding jail time in the process. The ex-sheriff, who resigned after his arrest in December 2014, was sentenced to three years of probation and 60 hours of community service, and was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, WCSC-TV reports.

Anybody can get PTSD on the job

We now recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a major mental health issue in the military. Thousands of soldiers who encountered the violence and horror of war come home with PTSD, which causes a range of symptoms, such as flashbacks, emotional problems and withdrawal from society.

Of course, war is not the only thing that can trigger PTSD. Any traumatic experience can lead to this disabling condition. Victims can develop PTSD after being the victim of a crime, getting into a car accident, or suffering a workplace accident. Even if the victim was not physically harmed, the emotional and psychological effects can echo for years afterward.

Hand-arm vibration syndrome: Do you know what it is?

Workplace injuries don't always happen as the result of a sudden accident. Many workplace injuries are cumulative, meaning that they develop over a long period of time. Something as simple as typing can result in painful carpal tunnel syndrome through years of repetitive stress.

If you work in construction, you should know that cumulative injuries are common in this industry. In addition to problems like chronic back pain from heavy lifting, the prolonged use of power tools can actually lead to injury, even if they are used correctly. Many construction workers develop a neuromuscular disorder referred to as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). In a nutshell, the transferred vibration from power tools can cause both reversible and irreversible damage to our arms and hands.

How OSHA tries to prevent construction site accidents

Because construction work is so potentially dangerous, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces several safety regulations at construction sites. These regulations can be roughly divided into construction worker rights and obligations OSHA places on contractors and similar employers to provide a reasonably safe workplace.

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