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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says on average, two workers are killed each month in trench collapses.

Now, OSHA, the North Dakota Safety Council and other state organizations have signed on to an official Safety Alliance, with the goal of preventing trenching related accidents.

"They said, 'Why wait until something happens?'" said Safety Council executive director Chuck Claremont. "Let's be more active to prevent these things."

Claremont said if the awareness is there, and people are getting the training, the statistics should go down.

Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Aug 19, 2013

Summer isn’t quite over yet with temperatures in the high nineties throughout the state. 

Vonnie Ereth is a Wellness Supervisor at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. She said heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two major health concerns people should be aware of during the hot weather.

Elderly adults, children and people working outdoors are at the highest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It is important for every person to stay hydrated during the summer heat, Ereth said.

House votes no on primary seat belt law

Feb 22, 2013

A bill to make North Dakota’s seat belt law a primary enforcement law has been rejected by the North Dakota House.

State law says the driver and any front seat passenger has to be buckled up. However, they can’t be stopped for only that offense – making it secondary enforcement. The proposal would have allowed law enforcement to stop a driver for simply being unbuckled.

Opponents of the bill argued it's a matter of freedom of choice for drivers.

ND highway fatalities up significantly

Aug 23, 2012

North Dakota is reporting a sharp increase in highway fatalities.

State Transportation Director Francis Ziegler told the Legislature’s interim Transportation Committee Wednesday (Aug. 22) that so far this year, 92 people have lost their lives on North Dakota roads. That compares to 59 at this time last year.

"The key issues are still seat belt use," said Ziegler. "Of those fatalities where seat belts could have been effective, 70 percent were not using them."