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OSHA fines employers for violations in worker death case

Employers in Oregon are required to adhere to regulations created and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and there may be high prices to pay when regulations are ignored. An industrial contractor and a petroleum refining company have been ordered to pay fines of $106,080 after an employee died while working in an enclosed space. The employer was in violation of OSHA regulations because it did not secure a confined space in which work was being performed.

Study ranks 15 states with highest number of teen drunk drivers

Teenagers should not be drinking any alcohol, much less driving drunk, but both alcohol consumption and drunk driving are frequently reported among teens in Oregon and across the U.S. The CDC states that 5.5% of teens drive after drinking alcohol. By comparison, 3.1% of adults do the same. Drunk driving is behind thousands of crashes and one third of all driving fatalities.

New auto features could help avoid pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian safety is a major topic in Oregon and across the United States. Because there are so many dangers on the road, steps are being taken to reduce the number of crashes. Lawmakers, law enforcement and car companies are seeking to find strategies to improve safety. One way this is being done is by installing systems in new vehicles to recognize pedestrians and issue a warning to the driver. However, research finds that this new technology has yet to be perfected.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

When you work in a hospital, doctor’s office or similar health care setting, chances are, you have to deal with immobile patients with at least some regularity. While, in some ways, relying on proper lifting techniques can help reduce your risk of an on-the-job injury related to moving immobile patients, there is only so much you can do to mitigate your injury risk.

How common are fatal pedestrian accidents?

In Portland and other cities across the nation, people often choose to get around by foot. Whether they are going for a walk, jog, run or hike, a pedestrian is often walking in areas where vehicles travel. Although motorists are supposed to be aware of their surroundings and operate cautiously around pedestrians, the unfortunate reality is that collisions occur between automobiles and pedestrians.

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