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December 2015 Archives

The workforce is getting older

Increasingly, many workers in Tennessee and around the country continue working after the age of 55 instead of retiring. People who were born between 1946 and 1964, the so-called 'baby boomers," are staying in their jobs longer than previous generations. As a result, the country's workforce is aging along with baby boomers, and the demographics of U.S. workers are changing.

Preventing winter-time workplace injuries

The winter months in Tennessee bring both a flood of shoppers as well as cold weather. The combination can lead to an increased risk of accidents in retail stores and distribution centers alike. There are steps business owners should take to minimize the risk of people injuring themselves while on their premises.

FMCSA calls for electronic tracking of truck driver hours

The idea of a fatigued or sleeping driver handling a semi-tractor trailer is certainly a dreadful thought for many Tennessee motorists. Drowsy driving accidents often occur at high speeds and cause catastrophic injuries. Federal regulations place strict limits on how long bus and truck drivers can spend behind the wheel before they are required to rest; however, the paper logs used to record driver hours have been widely criticized.

The elderly drive safely, still more susceptible to injury

A substantial proportion of American's 36 million licensed drivers older than the age of 65 lives in Tennessee or travels through the state. Available research on the aging national driver population indicates that elderly drivers show no greater tendency to have motor vehicle accidents than other age groups.

Driving is safer, but improvements still needed

According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in Tennessee and throughout the United States are safer each year due to improved safety technology. However, driving remains a risky activity, and in 2013, there were 32,719 fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents.

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