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The Good and Bad News About Traffic Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recently released data on traffic fatalities brought some good news. Fatal crashes last year reached an all-time low since record-keeping of such accidents began in 1949. The decline was nearly countrywide, with all but a few states reporting improved safety numbers. Illinois was among the states showing improvements, with fatalities decreasing 26% since 2006 on state roadways. However, just as safety officials were heralding the good news, some surprising news emerged. Despite the long trend of incredible improvements, initial figures on the first quarter of 2012 showed traffic fatalities had increasing dramatically.

Improving Safety for Pregnant Workers

With women making up approximately half of the U.S. workforce, odds are that many of them will work during one or more pregnancies. The majority will experience a healthy pregnancy which will cause little to no disruption to their time at work. That is not to say, however, that it is not vital for women to be mindful of how their working conditions might affect their and their babies health. It’s important to note that to date, though pregnancy discrimination is illegal, pregnancy is not considered a “protected” condition in most states. In other words, often employers are not legally obligated to make accommodations to help their pregnant employees complete their regular job duties, such as lighter work duty, etc. No woman, however, wants to risk themselves or their child’s health. It’s important to be pro-active in reducing those risks that may be present in the workplace.

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