June 4, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 11
Seeing Red: Running Red Lights on U.S. Roads
Get Safety Going
OSHA Only Has Six Months to Cite Recordkeeping Violations
Improving Driver Safety
What Hazards Are Lurking In Your Office?
Low Injuries Means High Fatalities and Vice Versa
Seeing Red: Running Red Lights on U.S. Roads
Report examines 2011 figures.

There were 2,341,761 red-light violations in 2011, according to The National Coalition for Safer Roads, which looked at data from 1,240 red-light cameras in 18 states and 142 municipalities from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

Highlights of the Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running include:

  • Most red-light violations took place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • The least amount of violations occurred between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Most violations happened on Fridays, the least on Sundays
  • Memorial Day weekend had the most number of infractions for a major holiday
  • June 3rd was the worst day for red-light running in 2011
Over 8,500 were killed in 2011 because of red-light running, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

View the infographic for key statistics or the full slide-show for more details.
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OSHA Only Has Six Months to Cite Recordkeeping Violations
Court ruling rejects OSHA view.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed OSHA's citation of a recordkeeping violation. OSHA was banking on a five-year record-retention rule to support its claim, but the Court stuck with the six-month statute of limitation.

In November 8, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Volks Constructors, who allegedly did not record injuries properly between January 2002 and April 2006. OSHA inspected the site on May 10, 2006.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, employers must:
  • Record injuries within 7 calendar days upon learning of the incident
  • Prepare a year-end report of all recordable injuries for the calendar year
  • Save these records for up to five years from the end of the calendar year in which an injury occurred.
Volks contested OSHA's citation, appealing to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The company claimed that:
  • Under the OSH Act, citations cannot be issued six months after a violation
  • The injuries to be recorded occurred over six months prior to OSHA's issuing of the citation.
OSHA countered that Volks' violations were "continuing" offenses under the five-year record-retention provision of the OSH Act. OSHA said that:
  • The violation for January 2002 still applied in 2006 when the OSHA inspection began (May 10, 2006).
  • The citation was issued (November 8, 2006) within six months of the inspection date (May 10, 2006).
The Review Commission upheld OSHA's claim, and the case eventually reached the Court of Appeals, who overruled OSHA's claims and supported Volks'. The Court defended its position, citing legal precedents and clarifying the definition of "occurrence" as a one-time event. It also stated that:
  • OSHA did not cite Volks for violating the five-year retention period, only for improperly recording injuries
  • It doesn't make sense for Congress to impose the six-month statute of limitation if the five-year retention period would apply.
Read more about the court's ruling.

Improving Driver Safety
Participants in DOT program recognize safety benefits.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has released feedback on a pilot project that tested connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate via Wi-Fi-like means. The technology can warn drivers of other cars approaching at an intersection, possible frontal collisions, and lane changes by other drivers.

The first phase of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program took place from August 2011 to January 2012 and involved tests of vehicle-to-vehicle communications. The majority of the participants approved the technology.

Of the 688 drivers, more than 80 percent would like to have such technology in their own vehicles; and over 90 percent believe that it would help improve driving in the real world.

The Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program was launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA). They have been collaborating with car makers, as well as state and federal organizations to examine the effectiveness and feasibility of connected vehicle technology.

Read more on the pilot program results or on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
What Hazards Are Lurking In Your Office?
New training program helps employees avoid common mishaps.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 80,000 office workers were injured in a recent year.

Falls, ergonomic injuries, being struck-by or striking objects, and electrical incidents are all common workplace hazards. In DuPont Sustainable Solutions' new OSI: Office Safety Investigation, your employees will follow Brandon, the newest member of his office safety team as he learns about these hazards. Show your employees why it is important to steer clear of these dangers and share important prevention strategies.

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Low Injuries Means High Fatalities and Vice Versa
Inverse relationship in the construction sector.

The RAND Corporation, a non-profit research institution, reports that states with low rates of nonfatal injuries in construction generally show high numbers of fatalities, while those that have low death rates tend to have high figures of nonfatal injuries. The RAND report reveals that:

States reporting LOW nonfatal injuries and HIGH death rates
States reporting LOW death rates and HIGH nonfatal injuries
  • Mostly found in the South (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee)
  • Mostly found in the West (Arizona, California, Maine, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin)
  • Lower workers comp
  • Better wages and benefits
  • Less unionized workers
  • More unionized workers
  • Lower salaries
  • More workplace inspections

The researchers attribute high nonfatal injuries rates partly to better workers' compensation benefits, which encourage workers to report injuries. Similarly, high premiums for such high benefits may drive employers to improve safety.

However, the researchers admit that workers' compensation doesn't tell the entire story, citing differences in the enforcement of safety laws, role of labor unions, compliance habits, and wage and employment rates. They also concede that the causes of deaths and nonfatal injuries vary.

One of the researchers says that since fatality rates are recorded accurately, it's possible that the states that report low nonfatal injuries and high death rates may be underreporting the first category.

The report suggests that higher injury reports may indicate a better worker safety system because there is more honest reporting and more chances to learn from mistakes.

The RAND study examined the construction industry according to state using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the years 2003-2005 and 2006-2008. It was funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace. The report was published last April in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

For more information, read the RAND press release. Read the full report or the abstract.
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