Today's News

NTSB urges safety during summer activities (5/27)

As we approach the beginning of another summer travel season, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Mark V. Rosenker reminded Americans in a press statement that a few simple safety precautions can keep us safe while we spend time with family and friends. Rosenker emphasized the importance of safety on our waterways by encouraging the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) for recreational boaters. Every year more than 700 boaters die on U.S. waterways, and about 70 percent of those are by drowning. Most of those who drowned were in small boats, those less than 21 feet long. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the use of PFDs (life jackets) would have prevented at least 80 percent of those drowning deaths.

“It has been proven that life jackets will save many more lives if our family members take that extra step to wear them when boating,” said Rosenker.

Rosenker again urged Virginia and Wisconsin, the only two states that do not require children to wear PFDs while boating, to enact such legislation this year. Wisconsin is currently considering such a law.

Highway transportation accounts for more than 90 percent of all transportation fatalities in the U.S. The NTSB has long advocated a series of safety improvements for highway travel, including mandatory seat belt laws, age-21 drinking laws and child restraints.

Like PFDs for those on boats, being properly restrained in an automobile is the best way to protect every person in a vehicle. Unrestrained vehicle occupants are ejected 29 percent of the time. When totally ejected, 74 percent are killed. When vehicle occupants use seat belts, only 1 percent of the belted population is ejected. When buckling up children, remember that children up to 8 years old need to be in a child safety seat or booster seat appropriate for their height and weight.

For safety alerts on boating and highway transportation please visit the NTSB Web site at http://www.ntsb.gov/alerts/alerts.htm.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

3/31/15 11:00 am EST

Changes to NFPA 70E® – What You Need to Know

NFPA ® for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is revised every three years, providing the most up-to-date requirements for safe work practices to reduce exposure to electrical hazards. This program analyzes several significant changes in 70E ® and is designed to clarify the reasoning behind the changes, and assist in determining how the changes impact employees and employers.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN0215_cover.jpg

2015 February

Check out the February issue of ISHN, which features articles about hand protection.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - January 2015

FDO JAN 2015 COVER

 

For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY 2015 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.