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According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that almost 400 people will lose their lives on the roads during this upcoming labor day weekend.
First recommendation… Buckle up! If everyone wore their seatbelt, the NSC estimates that 144 lives may be saved.
They also give the following safety recommendations to help make sure that you aren’t one of the fatalities this coming weekend:
- Refrain from using cell phones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving
- Do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion
- Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
- Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
- Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
- Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi
Read more in a NSC white paper entitled “Labor Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality, 2014”
Please have a safe labor day weekend everyone!
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As my regular readers will testify, I don’t often use this blog to “sell” products. I prefer to use it to inform on issues that relate to safety both in the workplace as well as at home.
I do, however, feel that I might have been remiss in not showing you new and cool products so I’m going to start highlighting products (whether we sell them or not) that I feel are cool and that I believe you might be interested in knowing about as well.
The new Ergodyne Glowear Powercap is a great place to start. What makes it so cool are the four tiny LED lights that are built into the bill of the cap.
You can barely see one set at the very tip of the cap on the photo above. Here’s a view from the underside:
The two sets of LED lights function independently to give you three different light settings:
1. There’s the low beams (Set #1) that are inset into the billl of the hat and that shine down for close-up work (Or for reading in bed when your partner is trying to sleep or when the power goes out!)
2. The high beams (Set #2) which are built into the rim of the bill and set to shine out further for long distances.
3. Both on at once (Set #1 & 2) for maximum illumination both up close and long distance.
Because LED lights require so little power all that is needed to power them are the small button batteries which means that adding light to the cap adds almost nothing in weight. Here’s a photo showing the small battery compartment hidden inside the brim of the cap.
According to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics 83 people died from insect bites between 2003 and 2010.
21 of those occurred in the state of Texas. Florida was in second place with 8 fatalities. Here’s the rest of the stats:
|NOTE: Data for all years are revised and final. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries