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August 2017 Archives

No rush on auto insurance during property division

One of the most complicated tasks a New Jersey couple is likely to face is organizing their divorce. Small details can easily be overlooked or rushed through with the most attention given to child custody, division of business assets and wrangling over objects of sentimental value. One of those small details is the separation of car insurance policies, and it can have serious repercussions.

Collision avoidance systems prevent accidents, study shows

New Jersey drivers with collision avoidance systems in their vehicles may be less likely to have an accident than those who do not. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study using data from 2015 that looked at accidents involving blind spots and moving into other lanes. After examining 5,000 accidents, it found that those involving head-on crashes or sideswipes were lower by 11 percent for vehicles with the warning system. Furthermore, the same type of injury accidents were lower by 21 percent.

Group targets unsafe working conditions at composting sites

Diversion of solid waste into recycling operations reduces problems with landfill expansion and provides positive benefits for New Jersey communities. As with any other workplace, composting and other recycling sites present a number of safety risks that must be addressed through a combination of regulation and education. The Solid Waste Association of North America included composting operations in a safety campaign called "Five to Stay Alive".

Pipe repair method could release harmful chemicals

New Jersey plumbing construction workers may have a growing reason to be concerned about a popular method of repairing water pipes. Studies have shown that the method could release toxic fumes with as-yet-unknown health effects on the workers who frequently use it.

Importance of DNA testing for paternity

Paternity is a critical issue when it comes to matters of child support and visitation for unmarried parents. If a man is not married to the mother of a child, then that man is not presumed to be the child's biological father. Additional legal steps must be taken to establish paternity. When it is disputed, a New Jersey court will often turn to DNA testing to establish paternity. DNA tests are a proven method, with accuracy rates above 99 percent. There are many reasons to establish paternity and request DNA testing.

Sustainable companies need standardized injury reporting

New Jersey employees who work for companies on the list of Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations may not necessarily have strong regulations around reporting safety and health issues in their workplaces. According to a report from the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, in comparison to a study done in 2013, there has not been much improvement on reporting in these organizations.

Fatal trench accidents increased in 2016

New Jersey construction workers should be aware that deadly trench accidents around the country more than doubled in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is especially troubling because construction contractors can prevent trench collapses and other trench-related accidents by following established safety procedures.

Inspection blitz finds trucks with brake violations

Some New Jersey truck drivers might have been among those whose vehicles were inspected on May 3 during an unannounced Brake Safety Day conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The inspections took place in 10 Canadian provinces and 33 states, and more than 9,500 inspections occurred. Almost 2,000 trucks were taken out of service, and more than 1,100 of those were for brake violations.

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