El Paso Drivers Shouldn’t Rely on Safety Technology for Collision Avoidance

Today, many cars sold in El Paso, Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss and throughout the United States have advanced safety features and accident avoidance technologies. In 2014, around 3/4 of all cars sold in the United States offered the option to have a blind spot detection system included. Two percent of 2014 vehicles actually had a blind spot detection system included as part of the car’s standard equipment. In that same year, 50 percent of cars sold in the U.S. had the option to include a lane detection warning system or lane keep technology intended to prevent motorists from veering out of the lane they are traveling in.

Safety technologies can help to reduce human error by alerting people to dangerous situations. However, a personal injury lawyer knows that when drivers come to rely on these technologies, this can be very dangerous. Drivers need to pay attention to what is going on around them and react to stimulus. If motorists become too reliant on safety technology, they may become complacent and not pay as much attention as they should. These technologies could fail entirely, or they may simply be unreliable. This would leave motorists in serious peril.

Drivers need to be aware that they should not depend upon crash avoidance technologies to protect them and prevent accidents. No matter how advanced you car has become, you are ultimately responsible for driving the vehicle safely and protecting yourself and others.

Are Vehicle Safety Technologies Effective?

With so many drivers opting to have crash avoidance technologies installed, it is important to measure how efficient these add-ons are at doing their jobs. AOL Auto recently published some troubling reports that emerged from a joint study conducted by MIT’s AgeLab and AAA. The study involved looking at several common safety features and determining how well they worked. Multiple different vehicles from varying car manufacturers were tested to get an overall idea of how all of these technologies performed.

The research found that blind spot detection systems did a pretty bad job of identifying cars that were moving quickly. These systems also did not do very well in spotting motorcycles that were in the driver’s blind spot. On average, the blind spot detection systems spotted the motorcycles 26 percent later than the system spotted passenger cars. By the time the blind spot detector realized that a motorcycle was there, the car was just 14 feet away from the motorcycle. In situations were the motorcycle was going 50 miles-per-hour or more faster than the car, the blind spot detection system actually never picked up the motorcycle.

Many drivers rely on blind spot detection systems when they are using freeways, as these systems can seem convenient when merging or changing lanes. This is a problem since these systems tend to perform poorly under conditions when cars move fast.

Lane departure warning systems also did not perform well under many different road conditions. When the pavement was wet or the weather was bad, the system didn’t work. Worn pavement and construction zones also created problems for these systems.

The fact that these technologies are so imperfect is a clear illustration of why motorists need to rely on their own common sense to stay safe, rather than on technological advances.

An accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help victims of injury in El Paso and suburbs including Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

Phone Records May Shed Light on El Paso Rear-End Collision Causes

In El Paso, Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss, police will typically conduct an investigation after a rear-end collision or after another type of accident happens. If someone has been killed in an accident, police are likely to be very thorough in determining who was to blame for causing the crash and whether any safety laws were violated.

The outcome of an accident investigation could result in someone being arrested if a motorist violated safety rules or was grossly negligent in a way that caused someone else to be hurt or killed. The accident investigation could also provide important evidence that victims can use to recover crash compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Phone Records May Be Part of a Rear-End Crash Investigation

One crash investigation that is currently ongoing is an investigation into a motor vehicle collision involving reality television personality and former Olympic athlete, Bruce Jenner. Jenner was involved in a four-vehicle chain reaction accident that ABC News reports was started when a driver was rear-ended.

All of the drivers who were involved in this multi-vehicle accident have been asked to turn over their cellular phone records to the sheriff’s office that is investigating the cause of the rear-end collision. If the drivers do not voluntarily cooperate and give the law enforcement officers these records so investigators can review them, it is likely that the next step would be to subpoena the records.

The purpose of obtaining the phone records is for the investigators to see whether any of the drivers were either texting or speaking on the phone at the time when the collision occurred. Since the use of electronic devices is a major distraction, many drivers who are texting or talking are not focused on the road and make careless driving decisions or are negligent about safety. This means that if the records show someone was on the phone, this can create circumstantial evidence to suggest they may have played a role in causing the accident to happen.

Determining whether a driver was on the phone and talking at the time of a rear-end accident or other collision is pretty simple. Phone records show the time a call was placed as well as the duration of that phone call. If the call was ongoing at the time of the crash, then the driver was on the phone when the incident occurred.

Texts, of course, can be harder to determine. Phone records won’t show whether someone was reading the text or whether someone was typing the text at the time of the accident. However, Claims Journal reports that phone records can still provide circumstantial evidence that texting was going on during the collision. Police will look at the history of texts immediately before, during and after the time of the crash to make an assessment about whether the motorist was likely involved in texting behind the wheel.

The outcome of a crash investigation can have a significant impact on who is responsible for paying crash costs, and cell phone records are a very important part of this investigation.

An accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help victims of injury in El Paso and suburbs including Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit http://www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

Protecting El Paso Kids from Toy Defects

For children throughout El Paso, Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss, receiving toys for the holiday season is one of their greatest joys. For parents, however, bringing new toys into the house means that kids are at risk. Toys can sometimes turn out to be dangerous and children could be injured or even lose their lives as a result.

A personal injury lawyer knows that toy companies have certain obligations imposed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as by federal and state laws. Whether located in the United States or abroad, toy companies must submit their products to rigorous testing to ensure that kids are not endangered. Sometimes, however, high-risk toys make it to the marketplace anyway and children and families suffer the consequences.

Understanding Toy Injury Risks

The Consumer Product Safety Commission published a report on toy-related deaths that occurred in 2013. According to the report:

  • There were nine toy-related deaths over the course of the 2013 year. There were also a total of 256,700 toy-related injuries that caused children to seek treatment at emergency rooms over that same year.
  • A total of 22 percent of the annual toy fatalities in 2013 involved riding toys.
  • The majority of toy related deaths in 2013 occurred when a child was asphyxiated by the toy. A total of seven children lost their lives due to asphyxiation. Young males accounted for 58 percent of the victims of toy-related injuries during the course of the year.
  • Around 43 percent of the injuries treated in emergency rooms after accidents involving toys were abrasions, lacerations or contusions.
  • The head and face areas were the most commonly affected, accounting for 44 percent of the injuries. Traumatic brain injuries and even mild concussions can be very serious and have lasting health effects.

The CPSC report largely tries to paint a positive picture when it comes to injuries and fatalities caused by toys. In fact, the agency claims that the number of injuries from toys have continued at a “steady” pace rather than increasing.

However, as News 10 reports, this may not tell the whole story. The fact is that toy-related injuries have increased in recent decades unless you exclude electronic riding scooters in your calculations.

Between 1990 and 2011, these electronic or “kick” scooters may have caused a 40 percent increase in injury rates between 1990 and 2011. The injury rate per 10,000 children went up from 18.9 kids in 1990 to 26.9 in 2011. In 2011 alone, 195,363 kids were forced to visit emergency rooms because of injuries sustained on scooters.

Parents should be alerted to the fact that these scooters can be dangerous; but other high-risk toys exist as well. As the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, there were 30 toy recalls over the course of 2014 because toys turned out to be unsafe. One of these recalls involved a violation of maximum lead requirements in kids toys. Parents can learn whether the toys their kids are playing with are safe by visiting the CPSC to check the list of recalled products.

An accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help victims of injury in El Paso and suburbs including Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit http://www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

El Paso Crashes Precipitated by Daylight-Saving Time End

Daylight-saving time ended in early November, with Americans getting an extra hour of sleep and an extra hour of morning light. While some safety advocates are pleased with the fact that it is now brighter during the morning, Time reports many others are concerned about the fact that it gets dark earlier in the afternoon.

Personal injury lawyers recognize the earlier darkness can create big risks on the roads, especially for pedestrians and bicycle riders. Drivers need to be aware that changing the clocks can have an impact on traffic safety. Motorists must be sure to drive a little extra carefully in order to avoid putting themselves and others in danger.

The End of Daylight-Saving Time Can Create Dangerous Road Conditions

When it gets darker, visibility is inherently worse on the roads, and more pedestrians and bicycle riders could be hurt as a result of drivers having difficulty seeing them. This problem is summarized by a University of Washington professor, who was quoted by Time magazine as saying, “Darkness kills and sunlight saves lives.”

The dispute over whether daylight-saving time should end centers around the question of when sunlight is most beneficial.

Those who believe daylight-saving time should continue year-round believe sunlight does more to improve safety at night than in the morning. There are a lot of people who are still asleep at 7 in the morning, but virtually everyone is awake at 5 p.m. As a result, leaving the light longer for longer would mean more light on the roads at a time when people are more likely to be out.

Some studies suggest the position of those in favor of perpetual daylight-saving time is best. In 2004,  a study revealed around 170 pedestrian accident deaths and 200 motor vehicle accident fatalities could be prevented if daylight-saving time continued all year, and there was an extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon.

However, there is a contrary position held by many child safety advocates including the National PTA. The contrary position is students tend to be out going to school during the early morning hours. Children may be walking to class or may be driven to school by their parents, but either way, they benefit from having more light in the morning and are mostly home from school by the time it starts to get dark in the evening.

The benefit to kids of an extra hour of early morning light was the big reason why the National PTA opposed a proposal to bring daylight-saving time forward into March instead of April.

In addition to the potential risks of taking away light in the evening, some experts are also concerned there is a danger to expecting people to abruptly adjust to a change in time. People tend to continue to operate their vehicles as though it is light out even after the clocks are reset. This means they may be less attentive and drive faster than they should when it has started to get dark, thus increasing the risk of motor vehicle collisions.

An accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help victims of injury in El Paso and suburbs including Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit http://www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

Peer Pressure and Intoxicated Teen Drivers Could Cause El Paso Collisions

Motor vehicles are the top cause of collisions among teenage drivers and, unfortunately, the risks that young people face are exacerbated by the fact that kids often make unsafe choices. Peer pressure contributes to causing unsafe choices among young teens, but peer pressure can also be used to have a positive effect in order to reduce the chances that a young person will drive while impaired.

A personal injury lawyer knows that many young people will be attending football games, fall dances and holiday parties in the upcoming months, and that these events can lead to intoxicated driving. Parents need to understand the impact of peer pressure on the choices that their children make and should do everything possible to help reduce the chances of an accident occurring.

Preventing Teen Drunk Driving This Fall

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization devoted to saving lives and reducing injuries caused by impaired drivers. MADD has many initiatives that are designed to encourage people of all ages to avoid driving while intoxicated. One of the initiatives for teens is the National Teen Influencers program. This is a part of the Power of You(th) program aimed at allowing young people to access information they need to make safe and informed choices.

In the National Teen Influencers Program, MADD selects 10 young people each year who have had their lives impacted by intoxicated drivers or who have made great strides in their local area to help fight against drunk driving. Some of the teens selected have had personal experience with the impact of a drunk driver in their own lives, like being involved in a collision or losing family members to an accident. Other young people have started clubs or been leaders in local organizations fighting to stop impaired driving.

The reason MADD selects teen influencers to attend events and organize activities is because peer pressure makes a big difference in how teenagers behavior. One recent study published by the National Institute of Health showed how peer pressure can affect teenagers behind the wheel.

According to the study, teenage drivers who have friends with them in the car have a significantly greater chance of becoming involved in a motor vehicle collision. No such corresponding increased accident risk occurred among adult drivers when they have people from their peer group in the vehicle with them.

The study also showed that less popular teens may be more susceptible to peer pressure in many realms of life, but more popular teenagers are actually the most likely to be affected by pressure to consume alcohol. More popular young people are significantly more likely to drink as adolescents. This is true despite the fact that the NHTSA indicates that just 30 percent of teenagers have had an alcoholic beverage in the prior month and only 20 percent of teenagers engage in binge drinking or having multiple drinks in one setting.

The NIH published study shows that peer pressure can help make young people safer as well, because if teens are in a peer group that disapproves of impaired driving, they are less likely to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. Parents should be aware of the impact of a child’s peers and should pay attention to who their kids are spending time with this fall and this holiday season in order to reduce the risk that a collision will occur.

An accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help victims of injury in El Paso and suburbs including Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit http://www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

Speed Limit Increasing Risk of El Paso Collisions?

In 1995, the federal government repealed a law setting the national maximum speed limit at 55 miles per hour. Since that time, states have had the authority to set their own speed limits. States have taken advantage of this freedom to exceed the previous maximum speed limit and allow motorists to travel more quickly on the roads.

A personal injury lawyer knows that the faster a car goes, the more time it takes for the vehicle to stop and the more momentum the vehicle will have in a collision. States should carefully consider the potential costs of raising the speed limit in terms of public health. Texas, however, seems to have come down on the side of allowing people to drive very quickly.

Texas Has the Fastest Speed Limits in the Country

Since 1995, a total of 35 states have raised their speed limits to 70 miles per hour on at least some stretches of highway. Only six states, however, have maximum speed limits of 75 miles on any urban interstates. Texas is one of those states, along with Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Maine.

Urban interstates are roadways that go through continuously built-up areas that have populations of at least 50,000 or more, or that are located within densely populated incorporated areas or population centers with at least 2,500 people.

The speed limits on rural highways and on state interstates may be much higher than on urban interstates. In Texas, for example, there are some state highways that have speed limits that go up to 80 miles per hour and there are some rural highway where the maximum speed is set at 85 miles per hour. These 85 MPH roads have the highest speed limits of the entire country.

Unfortunately, data suggests that higher speed limits can directly contribute to an increase in motor vehicle collisions. The Washington Post reported on a 2009 study comparing fatalities that occurred before and after the National Speed Limit was repealed.

In 1995, when the maximum national speed limit was 55 miles per hour, there were 3.2 percent fewer fatalities than in 2005 when the speed was higher. This is true even though dual front air bag laws were passed during the intervening period. Seat belt use and the use of child restraints also increased between 1995 and 2005, but the deaths still increased. However, the increase was only in states that had taken advantage of the opportunity to set maximum limits above 55 MPH. In states that did not increase their limits, fatalities actually declined.

Reducing speed limits could potentially help to save lives and reduce the cost to society of motor vehicle crashes. Although Texas seems unlikely to change its laws any time soon, motorists should remember that they need to travel at a speed that is safe for the current conditions on the road regardless of how high the maximum speed limit is set.

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Preventing El Paso Child Injuries as Kids Go Back to School

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of fatalities among children between the ages of five and 14. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 5,401 annual deaths among children within this age group. Unfortunately, many of the accidents occur when children are going to school or while children are in school.

As kids get ready for a new school year to start, parents, schools and young people need to review best practices for safety to ensure that the risk of accidents and injuries or fatalities is reduced. Parents also need to consult with a personal injury lawyer for information about their rights if a child is hurt.

The National Safety Council (NSC) has a checklist available that addresses some of the most common causes of injuries that kids may suffer while they attend school.

Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe During the School Year

Once school has started for the year, children face the risk of injury while commuting to class, from oversized and heavy backpacks, or when playing on playgrounds. The NSC has advice for preventing injuries from all of these causes.

For example, to prevent injuries that can occur when kids walk, ride their bikes or take the bus to school, parents should:

  • Review the rules for safely walking to school, including the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street and always walking on sidewalks whenever it is possible to do so.
  • Take a practice walk to school with kids. Be sure they know the route and where they should cross safely to get to school.
  • Ensure that children who ride their bicycles to school have a properly-fitting helmet that they wear at all times when riding. Remind kids who ride bikes that they must stay on the correct side of the street and that they should come to a full stop before they cross the road.
  • Go to the bus stop with kids who will be riding the bus to ensure that they follow proper safety practices, including staying at least six feet back from the curb and crossing the road at least 12 feet in front of the stopped bus.

To prevent injuries that can occur as a result of a child’s heavy backpack, it is important that:

  • The backpack not weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the child’s body weight.
  • The backpack be comfortable for the child and sized appropriately to the child.
  • The backpack be carried using both straps on the back at all times to allow for even distribution of the weight.

To prevent injuries that can occur as a result of playground accidents:

  • All school playgrounds should be over a soft surface and parents should not let kids play on playgrounds that are over grass, dirt or concrete.
  • Children should be closely supervised when playing and especially if they are utilizing climbing equipment. Children should not be allowed on monkey bars and school playgrounds should not have monkey bars available.

If these safety tips are followed during the school year, hopefully kids can be safe as they attend school.

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El Paso Children in Hot Cars Face Deadly Risks

Since 1998, an average of 38 children have died inside of hot cars each year after suffering heat stroke. Young children are at the greatest risk because the body of a young child can heat up three to five times faster than the body of an adult. Last year in 2013, there were more deaths than average with 44 children losing their lives.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is running a “Look Before You Lock” campaign from May through September to try to alert parents to the dangers kids face and to reduce the risk of child deaths in hot cars. When a caregiver is responsible for a death or injury, parents should also understand their legal rights and may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney.

The Risks of Hot Cars for Young Children

Some parents may believe it is safe to leave their kids in a car for a brief period of time if they put the windows down. They may leave a child in the vehicle while running into a store, bank or dry cleaners as they run errands. The reality is that it is not ever safe to leave a child in a hot vehicle when the temperature is warm, even if for a few minutes.

Within just a 10 minute period of time, the inside of a car can reach a deadly temperature on a day that is in the 80’s. Children whose body temperatures reach 107 degrees will die, but kids can begin to suffer injury much sooner including permanent brain damage that can leave them deaf, blind or coping with serious cognitive impairments and limitations.

Unfortunately, many parents are taking risks with their kids lives. An estimated 14 percent of parents throughout the U.S. admit to leaving their kids inside of a vehicle for a brief period of time. This amounts to about 3.3 million kids in the U.S. left in vehicles.

Fathers are three times as likely than mothers to leave their children in a car. Around eight percent of moms said that they had left a child unattended in a vehicle compared with 23 percent of fathers. Parents of young children under the age of three were also more likely to say they had left their child in a car. A total of 23 percent of parents of three year olds said they had left their child inside of their vehicle. Kids who are this young are not able to get out if they get too hot and their body temperature can rise quickly.

Parents need to avoid taking this risk intentionally. Unfortunately, some parents also make a mistake and leave a child in a car by accident. For example, a parent may drive to work and forget to drop a child off at daycare. The Look Before You Lock campaign aims to prevent this by ensuring that parents check the back of their vehicle every time before they lock their cars. This can hopefully help to save young lives this summer.

An El Paso personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit http://www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

El Paso Work Injuries a Summer Risk for Teens

Every year, between 60 and 70 teenagers are killed after sustaining injuries on the job. Teens tend to work most often during the summer when they are on break from high school or from college. As a result, student accidents are especially likely during the summer months. If you or a loved one is a victim and an injury or death occurs on-the-job, an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC can help you to understand your rights and to take action.

Employers who depend upon teen labor to fill summer vacancies need to understand the risks teens face and need to do everything possible to protect their young staff members from getting hurt on the job.

Preventing Teen Accidents at Work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a multi-year campaign intended to reduce the rate of death and injury among teen workers. In addition to those who are killed, another 250,000 young people get hurt while doing work tasks each year in the United States.

OSHA’s campaign will be targeting the industries where teenagers are most likely to work during summer break. This includes the restaurant industry as well as the landscaping field.

When hiring a teen to do landscaping work, employers must understand that federal labor laws impose some limitations on exactly what the young workers can do and what they are forbidden from doing.

For example, operating power-driven hoisting equipment is not allowed unless an employee is 18 or over. Employees under the age of 18 are also not permitted to use a power-driven circular saw, guillotine shears, or band saws. Driving a motor vehicle at work is on the list of things employees under 18 cannot do, and underage employees are not even allowed to act as outside helpers on a motor vehicle.

For younger workers, there are even more restrictions. For example, 14 and 15 year olds are also prohibited from operating lawn trimmers, lawn mowers and weed cutters as a part of their summer landscape job.

Even with the labor law limitations, there are plenty of things that young workers can do in the landscape field. There are certain things employers must do, however, to maximize the chances that these underage workers will be safe. Employers should:

  • Provide training to teen workers before the teens are sent out to the field or before any equipment is used.
  • Provide earplugs or earmuffs so that teenage workers in high noise areas do not sustain permanent hearing damage.
  • Provide safety glasses or goggles to teens working around flying particles to prevent the risk of eye injury or blindness.
  • Ensure that appropriate clothing is worn at all times for the job being performed, including shoes.
  • Require that guards and safeguard devices always be installed and kept on machinery.

If employers do their part, teen workers should be able to stay safe when they work landscape jobs and the risk of injury or death should be reduced.

An El Paso accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC can help. Call 915-532-1111 or visit http://www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.

Texas Workers Should Know Top Causes of Injury

In Texas, there were 531 worker deaths in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers and employers need to understand the top causes of workplace fatalities and take steps to prevent accidents that could result in injury or death. Those who lose loves ones should consult with an workplace injury lawyer in El Paso for help pursuing a claim for death benefits.

Top Causes of Workplace Injuries in Texas

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the top causes of death on-the-job in Texas in 2012 included:

  • 66 deaths from workplace violence.
  • 258 deaths due to transportation accidents on the job.
  • 22 fatalities resulting from fires and explosions.
  • 75 deaths from slips, trips and falls.
  • 44 fatalities from exposure to dangerous environments or harmful substances.
  • 65 fatalities caused by contact with objects or other equipment.

Because these are such common causes of workplace fatalities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided guides for preventing these types of incidents.

OSHA’s advice for reducing the dangers associated with violence in the workplace includes:

  • Zero tolerance policies and employee training on proper behaviors.
  • Providing appropriate workplace security including lights and alarms.
  • Using drop safes and otherwise limiting the cash that employees have on hand.
  • Providing field staff with cellular phones and requiring regular check-ins/contact.

OSHA’s advice for reducing the number of workers killed in transportation accidents includes:

  • Training employees in driver safety.
  • Establishing written driving policies.
  • Requiring workers to sign driving agreements.
  • Checking the driving records of employees who will be driving on the job.
  • Having procedures in place for investigating collisions and taking disciplinary action.

OSHA’s advice on preventing injuries due to fires and explosions includes:

  • Using appropriate fire detection systems and having a sufficient number of clearly marked fire exits.
  • Instituting policies for storage and cleanup of flammable waste products and other flammable materials.
  • Controlling smoking, burning, welding and other sources of workplace ignition.

OSHA’s advice on preventing falls includes:

  • Ensuring that floors are dry and clean at all times and using “Wet Floor” signs on slippery areas.
  • Performing wet work in areas with appropriate drainage.
  • Keeping aisles, passages and exits in good repair and free from debris or obstruction.

OSHA’s advice for keeping employees out of harmful environments and away from dangerous substances includes:

  • Reviewing work procedures to identify possible hazards.
  • Providing personal protective gear and respiratory protection to workers.
  • Keeping hazardous items in restricted spaces, and maintaining combined spaces with limited points of entry if hazardous work is being performed.
  • Providing appropriate employee training.

OSHA’s advice for preventing workers from coming into contact with equipment includes:

  • Using machines only with appropriate machine guards and never disabling machine guards.
  • Preventing the accidental start of equipment by de-energizing it when not in use.
  • Using shoring, benching, shield systems or other protective measures when trenching or excavating.

By ensuring that these tips are followed, accidents can be prevented and hopefully fewer Texas workers will lose their lives in preventable accidents.

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