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December 2018 Archives

Distracted drivers, marijuana play role in rising car accidents

Car accidents have been increasing over the past several years in West Virginia and across the country. Since 2011, there has been a 30 percent increase in motor vehicle accidents. Analysts attribute the rise in vehicular crashes to the increased use of phones while driving, an increase in employment rates, the legalization of marijuana in many states and an increase in the average number of miles driven by drivers.

Rights miners in West Virginia have under the Mine Act

The 1977 Mine Act was intended to give miners in West Virginia and other states certain rights. Amended in 2006, it's still a piece of legislation that gives miners important job-related rights. The legislation also encourages both employers and miners to work together to develop and implement effective safety and health programs that reduce instances of workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

ZF presents strategy for developing external airbags

West Virginia residents may have heard that some car parts manufacturers are developing external airbags. ZF is one of those manufacturers, and it has recently come out with safety data and a strategy for developing airbags that may prompt others to consider the technology. According to reports, external airbags can reduce the severity of crash injuries by as much as 40 percent.

Staying Safe While Driving In Winter Weather

Drivers in West Virginia are accustomed to winter weather on the roads, but there are a few tips that they can keep in mind to stay safe. Sometimes, it seems as though winter weather can encroach upon an area with little warning. Fortunately, many vehicles have new technology to help in keeping the vehicle and driver safe while many drivers are able to carefully maintain control of the steering wheel while on the road.

Causes of coal mine explosions

A massive explosion tragically killed at least 25 miners in West Virginia in 2010, making it at that time the worst coal mine accident in over 20 years. Officials believe that methane gas may have caused the mine to explode. Coal mine explosions are generally caused by either methane or coal dust. Methane gas is a byproduct of coal. It can build up over time in coal mines when there are not enough other types of gases to dilute it to prevent an explosion.

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