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October 2018 Archives

New York crash raises concerns about limo safety

West Virginia residents may have heard about the deadly limo crash in New York that was widely covered in October. All 18 passengers in the limousine, the driver and two pedestrians were killed in the crash. The group was heading to a surprise birthday party from a brewery when the crash occurred.

Clubhouse collapse injures several partygoers

When college students in West Virginia gather to relax and unwind, small gatherings sometimes turn into larger parties. Situations like this can quickly become potentially dangerous if an abundance of people are crammed into a limited space not designed for such purposes. This is exactly what happened when the floor of a clubhouse located near a university in South Carolina collapsed. During a large, private party, the structure's floor gave way and sent dozens of individuals into the basement below.

What to know about motorcycle tires

When done safely, riding a motorcycle on West Virginia roads can be an enjoyable experience. To ensure that a person rides safely, it is important to check the tires prior to using a motorcycle. The safety check should look for any objects in the tire as well as verification that the tires are properly inflated. If there is wear or bulging of the tire's sidewall, no one should ride it unless a professional says it is alright to do so.

Out-of-control truck kills 2 in West Virginia

A horrific accident in West Virginia involving an out-of-control tractor-trailer killed two people and left a third critically injured on the morning of Oct. 11. The crash took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 near Camp Creek State Park in Mercer County at approximately 10:41 a.m. Police have filed no charges in connection with the accident, but reports indicate that their investigation is ongoing.

Seven ways to improve mine safety

Mine operators and miners in West Virginia already know that the industry they work in sees its share of fatalities. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor reported 15 coal mine fatalities and 13 fatalities in metal and non-metal operations. With the following seven tips, though, operators will be able to make their facilities safer for everyone.

NHTSA fatality report not as dire as expected

On October 3, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data that showed that motor vehicle accident fatalities in West Virginia and around the country fell slightly in 2017. This is news that will likely be welcomed by road safety advocates who were concerned when road death figures rose alarmingly in both 2015 and 2016. NHTSA used data from its Fatality Analysis Reporting System to compile the report. It is a database of traffic accident statistics based on police reports and accident investigations.

NHTSA: 2017 saw less car crash deaths but more large truck deaths

West Virginia residents should know that the number of vehicle crash fatalities went down from 37,806 in 2016 to 37,133 in 2017: a 1.8 percent decrease. Motorcyclist, pedestrian and bicyclist deaths also decreased by 3.1, 1.7 and 8.1 percent, respectively; deaths caused by speeding and distracted driving went down as well, the former by a substantial 5.6 percent. Only one area has bucked the trend: large truck traffic fatalities.

Study identifies factors linked to post-TBI mortality

People in West Virginia who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and who are less mobile or who have less community participation may have higher mortality rates than those who are more mobile and social. These were among the findings of a study that appeared in 2017 in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

How to avoid slip-and-fall injuries

Virtually all West Virginia workers are exposed to various hazards throughout the day that could lead to slip-and-fall accidents. A majority of such accidents involve falls from the same level, falls caused by ice or snow and falls from a different level. Workers could also fall from stairs, slip on liquids or fall into openings. Then there are slips where victims almost fall but catch themselves.

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