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Marijuana-impaired drivers growing in number

Drivers under the influence of marijuana are becoming alarmingly common on the roads of Georgia and other U.S. states according to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency's National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers suggests that the number of marijuana-impaired drivers has increased dramatically, and tests conducted at 60 sites across the country in 2013 and 2014 found traces of the drug in samples collected from 9 percent of daytime drivers and 13 percent of nighttime drivers.

NHTSA has been studying driver impairment trends since the 1970s. Alcohol was the primary focus of the agency's National Roadside Studies until drug screening was introduced in 2007. The results of the latest study were discussed at a meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Risks teens face while at work this summer

It is common for teenagers in Georgia and throughout the nation to have jobs during the summer months. However, those jobs may put a young worker's safety in jeopardy. According to NIOSH, there were 403 workers under the age of 24 who died from work-related injuries in 2015. Of those who died, 24 were under the age of 18. Between 1998 and 2007, there were an average of 795,000 nonfatal injuries incurred by young workers who were treated in hospitals each year.

In the state of Washington, there were 675 teens 17 or younger who were injured on the job in 2016. Cuts, sprains and strains were among the most common injuries that were reported in that state. Nationally, younger workers are at risk of getting hurt because of unsafe machinery, a lack of training and a lack of supervision.

Changes in the labor force

Workers in Georgia and around the country are getting older, and this will lead to significant changes in the workers' compensation industry. This will also have an effect on workplace safety issues.

According to a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, employees who are 65 years or older are remaining in the workforce longer and are expected to be the fastest growing labor group through 2024. This is while workers between the ages of 25 and 54 are predicted to grow at a much slower pace, primarily due to fewer births and people remaining on the job longer.

Workers' compensation benefits for injured employees

When Georgia employees suffer injuries on the job, they may be able to receive benefits through workers' compensation. The vast majority of employers are required to have coverage. The specific types of injuries covered by workers' compensation are those connected to a requirement or condition of an employee's job.

While many may think of an injury in a mine shaft or damage caused by malfunctioning factory equipment, workers' compensation benefits can also apply to lung cancer caused by years of smoke inhalation at a bar that allowed smoking or a repetitive stress injury from many hours at the computer. The main framework for understanding a work-related injury is that it happened while a worker was carrying out some action on behalf of the employer. The injury doesn't necessarily need to have occurred on company property, just in the course of employment.

How workplace injuries can affect your life

Whether you are starting a new job or advancing through the ranks at your current place of employment in Georgia, you should think about how a serious workplace injury can affect your life. Not too many people think of the impact that workplace injuries can have on their day-to-day routines. As a result, many of them are not in a position to pay their household expenses and other financial obligations while they are unable to work.

To lessen the amount of stress and financial hardship you could endure if you become injured while on the job, take some time to learn how workplace injuries can affect your life.

3 myths regarding machine compliance

Georgia employers should be aware that injuries that are caused by a lack of machine safeguarding can result in expensive consequences, including an increase in workers' compensation premiums and citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Part of the problem appears to be that manufacturers misunderstand OSHA safeguarding requirements.

One major myth that some manufacturers have is that new machines are safe simply because the meet the safety standards and regulations. However, the reality is that the machines may not be in OSHA compliance depending on where those machines were made. Another major myth is that older machines are "grandfathered-in" due to the fact that they were built before the safety standards were established. While OSHA did have some grandfather clauses, these expired in the late 1970s. To be in compliance now, all machines must meet the minimum OSHA regulations.

How employers can prevent heat exhaustion

When the Georgia summer rolls around, temperatures in large facilities can soar, putting workers at risk for suffering heat stress and illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will issue citations to employers who do not properly protect their employees against heat-related illnesses. In some cases, a fine could be as high as $70,000.

Amazon has faced problems with heat illnesses incurred by workers in its large facilities. In 2011, for example, an ambulance and paramedics parked outside one of its warehouses around the clock after numerous employees began to suffer from heat-related illnesses and exhaustion. The problem was that, due to the size of the facility, the warehouse could not be economically air conditioned, causing temperatures to rise to as high as 114 degrees inside.

GA child fatality statistics resulting from car accidents

A study covering the period of 2010 to 2014 and conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that Georgia was the fifth in the nation for the most childhood deaths from crashes on the state's roadways. The report indicates that 130 children under the age of 15 died because of motor vehicle accidents in the state during that period.

Overall, the South experienced 1,550 fatalities involving children under 15, which was more than any other region in the country. This compares to the Northeast where 189 children died because of car accidents. Nationwide, the total number of children who died during the research period was 2,885. That was roughly 16 percent of the 18,000 children actually involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the country for the same years studied.

Authorities take 3 into custody on drug charges

Three people were taken into custody after authorities raided Kingdom Kutz Barber Shop in Hiram, Georgia. The raid was the result of an investigation that lasted several months and resulted in search warrants being executed on April 4. Authorities found cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy as well as psilocybin mushrooms. They also found a .40 caliber semi-automatic gun, ammunition and accessories designed for use with weapons.

Those who were taken into custody included a 53-year-old man, a 36-year-old man and a 28-year-old man. All three were charged with possession of cocaine. The 53-year-old was also charged with a count of possession of psilocybin mushrooms. Additionally, the 36-year-old faces charges of possession of MDMA with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine. Police say that they are still investigating and that more charges are likely to be filed.

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