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December 2019 Archives

Workplace fatalities rose by 2% in 2018

Work-related fatalities in Florida and around the country rose by 2% to 5,250 in 2018 according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Dec. 17. Transportation incidents such as motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of workplace fatalities, but the BLS figures also reveal an alarming increase in overdose deaths and suicides. Worker fatalities caused by alcohol consumption or drug overdoses rose for the sixth consecutive year and accounted for 12% of all 2018 workplace deaths, and work-related suicides rose by a worrying 11%.

Bill aims to standardize drunk driving prevention equipment

Drunk driving presents a serious risk on Florida roadways, and many safety officials are looking for innovative solutions. Every year, 30 people lose their lives in car accidents linked to driving under the influence. There are technologies to stop people from driving drunk. After a DUI conviction, drivers may be required to install an ignition interlock device on their cars. The installation process may be costly, because the products are highly specialized. Drivers with an interlock must blow into the device in order to start their cars. Like a portable breathalyzer, the device measures whether alcohol is present on a driver's breath before allowing the car to spring into motion.

Seeking advice on staying safe as you travel for the holidays

As you head out for the day with your holiday shopping list in hand, you may share Florida roads with countless others. With the hustle and bustle of holiday traffic in full swing, many of those around you may have a variety of things on their mind, many of which might not necessarily include your safety.

Warehouse workers face dangers on the job

An increasing number of Florida workers have turned to warehouse jobs either for full-time employment or for supplemental income. With the rapid rise of the e-commerce industry, warehouses and fulfillment centers have outstripped traditional brick-and-mortar retail in many areas. Just one company, Amazon, has over 150 million square feet of warehouse space around the world. While online sales take place digitally, the fulfillment of all of these millions of orders is handled by workers in local warehouses who package and ship the goods for delivery.

Investigation finds Amazon violating workplace safety rules

The Atlantic and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting have published a joint report on an investigation made into the safety conditions of Amazon warehouses across the United States. Amazon workers in Florida, as elsewhere, may be aware already that warehouse work is considered dangerous. The long hours and fast pace can lead to musculoskeletal injuries and incidents arising from fatigue.

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