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October 2016 Archives

Reducing teenage distracted driving fatalities

While vehicles are getting safer, there has been an increase in traffic fatalities. The 7.2 percent increase in driving deaths around the country in 2015 over the previous year can be attributed to a variety of causes, including people having more available income and driving more miles. However, in that year teenage traffic fatalities increased by 10 percent according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, and that was the largest percentage increase for any age group. Kentucky parents of teenage drivers may find this statistic to be alarming.

Traffic deaths rise 10% in the first six months of 2016

In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on traffic deaths in the first half of 2016. The news was not good. Deaths on American roads increased 10% from the same time period in 2015. In all, 17,775 people died in traffic accidents from January 2016 through June 2016, compared to 16,100 people in the first half of 2015. Even worse, these grim statistics are not unusual, as traffic deaths have increased each three-month period since October 2014.

Report calls for federal oversight of workers' compensation

Kentucky residents likely know that most workers' compensation programs are administered by the states and not the federal government. Changes made to these programs by legislators in more than 30 cash-strapped states have been widely criticized by worker advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers, and the Department of Labor says in a 2016 report that federal oversight is called for to prevent injured workers from falling into poverty.

3 leading risk factors for health care worker injuries

Health care employees in Kentucky work in a demanding environment. Although the industry as a whole has managed to reduce the frequency of workplace injury claims by 1 percent annually, risk experts have measured a 2 percent increase in the severity of such injuries. The analysts at Aon Global Risk Consulting have identified aging workers, workplace violence and patient handling as the primary sources of injuries.

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