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The National Safety Council is a 501 nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization promoting health and safety in the United States of America. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, NSC is a member organization, founded in 1913 and granted a congressional charter in 1953. Members include more than 55,000 businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups and individuals. NSC is nonpolitical and does not contribute to or support any political party or candidate.The group focuses on areas where the greatest number of preventable injuries and deaths occur, including workplace safety, teen driving, cell phone use while driving and safety in homes and communities. Wikipedia.


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Among the more jarring statistics in the 2017 edition: A free recording of a webinar addressing highlights from the 2017 edition of Injury Facts® is available, and the entire book can be purchased at nsc.org/injuryfacts. Credentialed media may request a complimentary copy of the book by emailing media@nsc.org. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. i According to NSC analysis of National Center for Health Statistics data To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-safety-council-releases-annual-compilation-of-the-leading-causes-of-preventable-death-300456570.html


News Article | May 14, 2017
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In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 photo, Ben Lieberman sits for a portrait at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. After his 19-year-old son, Evan, was killed in a car crash in which the driver of the vehicle he was riding in was texting behind the wheel, Liberman has been working on a proposal that would allow police at accident scenes in New York to immediately examine drivers' cellphones with a device to determine if they'd been tapping, swiping or clicking. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the cellphone records showing the driver of the car his son was in had been texting behind the wheel. Lieberman doesn't believe getting that information should be so hard. He's channeling his grief over the 2011 accident into a proposal that would allow police at accident scenes in New York to immediately examine drivers' cellphones with a device to determine if they'd been tapping, swiping or clicking. It's been called a Breathalyzer for texting. "You think people are already looking at phones and it just doesn't happen," said Lieberman, who is partnering with the Israel-based tech company Cellebrite to develop the plug-in device that's been nicknamed the "textalyzer." The idea already faces obstacles from constitutional and privacy advocates who are quick to note that police need the owner's consent and a warrant to get cellphone records. They're also concerned such technology would be used to access all of the personal information people may have on their cellphones. "Every fender bender would become a pretense for gobbling up people's private cellphone information, and we know that cellphones typically contain our entire lives," said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman, who is no relation to Ben Lieberman. At least 46 states have laws barring texting while driving and 14 ban all hand-held devices, but some safety advocates say more needs to be done to enforce the laws. Deborah Hersman, the CEO of the National Safety Council and a supporter of the "textalyzer" legislation, noted that in 2016, 40,000 people died on the road, a 14 percent jump from 2014 and the biggest two-year jump in 50 years. "There can't be a more compelling reason than life or death for saying why we should have access to this information," Hersman said. Cellebrite said its technology, which is about nine months away from being finished, sidesteps privacy concerns because it's designed only to determine usage, not access data. Company officials said the device would only be able to tell if someone physically clicked or swiped the phone during the time of the accident, and then investigators could use that to determine if they should get a warrant for more detailed information. "For this device, the whole purpose is not to get any data," said Jim Grady, the chief executive officer of Cellebrite USA. "So no, police won't be able to, unless they rewrite our code." Under the bill, which has been approved in one Senate committee and is pending in another, a person would not be criminalized for refusing to have their phone checked, but they could get their license suspended. The idea is that a person implies consent to drive without distractions when they receive a license, said Jay Shapiro, a New York attorney and former deputy district attorney. Sponsors say they expect the Republican-led Senate to approve the bill, but anticipate opposition from the Democratic-led Assembly. Similar legislation is being considered in Tennessee, New Jersey and the city of Chicago. After Ben Lieberman obtained the cellphone records, the driver of the car carrying Evan had his license revoked for a year. He was never charged with a crime. Lieberman said he hopes the "textalyzer" will serve as a deterrent and a way for law enforcement to begin tracking the scope of the problem. "The last thing I want to do is be responsible for legislation that is going to infringe on someone's privacy," he said, "but I also don't want to bury another child."


News Article | May 22, 2017
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WILMINGTON, Mass. and HILLSBORO, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SYLVANIA Automotive, the leader in automotive lighting solutions for the automotive aftermarket and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), today announced the kick-off of its participation and support of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM), in partnership with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). Every May, youth and traffic safety advocates from across the country unite during NOYS’ GYTSM to focus on prevention of vehicle crashes, which are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Although sometimes overlooked, headlights are an active safety feature for drivers, and increase visibility to help avoid obstacles and collisions. The observance of GYTSM provides an opportunity for NOYS, SYLVANIA Automotive and other sponsors to highlight the importance of keeping America’s youth safe, especially since motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Key themes during the month include: speeding, drowsy driving, impaired driving and nighttime driving. During GYTSM, SYLVANIA Automotive is bringing awareness to parents, guardians and teens on the hazards of nighttime driving. According to the National Safety Council, driving at night is more dangerous than any other time of day, with traffic deaths three times greater at night compared to daytime hours. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one-third of fatal teen automotive crashes occur at night, with 57 percent of those taking place before midnight. The most common factor for these nighttime crashes is driver vision, which is the most important sense for driving and is compromised at night. Given SYLVANIA Automotive’s position as the global leader in automotive lighting, the brand is committed to doing its part to educate consumers about common myths surrounding headlight replacements and the opportunity to increase visibility through a simple action – correctly installing the proper headlights – that could prove critical in avoiding dangerous situations on the road. “As traffic deaths continue to be on the rise for teenage drivers, keeping youth safe on the road is our top priority,” said Anita Boles, CEO, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). “With visibility being a key factor in many automotive crashes, and with most of these crashes and fatalities happening during nighttime hours, we are thrilled to have SYLVANIA Automotive shed some light on the hazards of nighttime driving, and the importance of headlight quality and care.” “With the warmer weather, prom, graduation and summer vacation just around the corner for teen drivers, now more than ever, it’s critical for parents, guardians and youth to understand the risks associated with nighttime driving,” said SYLVANIA Automotive’s Marketing Manager, Brian Noble. “Distractions behind the wheel for teenage drivers can lead to dangerous and even fatal incidents, and most teen automotive crashes occur during nighttime hours. Awareness and visibility are key components of decreasing fatalities, as every second and foot counts when reacting to a situation on the road.” Noble continued, “Teaching young drivers about the importance of good lighting and seeing farther down the road with value-added headlights is one of the most important safety measures that can be put into place. Headlights are the first line of defense for drivers. We are proud to be a member of NOYS, and to be sponsoring a week of GTYSM to help educate teen drivers about headlight maintenance that will keep them safe on the road.” The following headlight maintenance tips will help teens, parents and guardians better prepare for driving after dark, and improve vehicle safety: For improved safety during nighttime driving, the SYLVANIA SilverStar® family of automotive lighting includes a variety of value-added headlights to suit individual needs and driving styles. SilverStar ULTRA headlights are designed with safety in mind, to be the farthest downroad headlight from SYLVANIA and to improve contrast and clarity of objects on the road. Together, these features enable motorists and teen drivers to see farther down the road, with increased side road and peripheral visibility. In addition to being a week-long sponsor for NOYS’ GYTSM, SYLVANIA Automotive also signed on to become an annual NOYS member, further showcasing its commitment to educating youth on the importance of safe driving and headlight maintenance. For more information on SYLVANIA Automotive please visit www.sylvania-automotive.com. About National Organizations for Youth Safety NOYS was originally founded as the Traffic Safety Collaboration and for its first 10 years was supported by funding from government agencies, including the Department of Transportation. In 2005, NOYS became a 501(c)(3) organization and incorporated as the National Organizations for Youth Safety, and has since grown to include over 100 national member organizations. NOYS continues to maintain a strong focus in traffic safety with support from government and businesses, and has expanded to include other safety areas such as injury prevention, substance abuse prevention, and violence prevention. For more information on NOYS, visit www.NOYS.org. About OSRAM SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting OSRAM SYLVANIA, together with OSRAM GbmH, is the world leader in automotive lighting for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the aftermarket. The company’s global automotive lighting division has its principal North American operations in Hillsboro, N.H., with nearly 600 employees. In addition to TS 16949, this facility has also achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Automotive Lighting designs, develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art automotive light sources, including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LED and high-intensity discharge lighting for interior, exterior and forward lighting applications. More than 400 lamp types are produced for cars, trucks, and electronics in facilities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Automotive applications for OEMs are marketed under the OSRAM brand while products for the aftermarket are sold under the SYLVANIA brand. ABOUT OSRAM OSRAM, based in Munich, is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with a history dating back about 100 years. The product portfolio includes high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology such as infrared or laser lighting. The products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality, autonomous driving or mobile phones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. In automotive lighting, the company is the global market and technology leader. Based on continuing operations (excluding Ledvance), OSRAM had around 24,600 employees worldwide at the end of fiscal 2016 (September 30) and generated revenue of almost €3.8 billion in that fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram.com. OSRAM and SYLVANIA are trademarked. All other trademarks are those of their respective owners.


News Article | May 18, 2017
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The Memorial Day estimates are in step with a nationwide upward trend in vehicle deaths. Preliminary NSC estimates indicate traffic deaths increased 6 percent in 2016, and 14 percent since 2014 – the steepest two-year jump since 1964. Supplemental information about the NSC motor vehicle fatality estimates for the Memorial Day holiday period can be found here. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. [i] The previous six Memorial Day periods are 2010-2015, because 2016 fatality data are not yet final. [ii] According to NSC analysis. "Serious injuries" are classified as those requiring medical attention.  [iii] According to Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-400-people-may-be-killed-in-car-crashes-during-memorial-day-weekend-300460122.html


Mr. Asherman, 66, is widely credited for transforming CB&I from a specialty tank subcontractor to a global technology and energy infrastructure corporation, which at its peak has employed more than 50,000 employees in 85 locations around the world with a backlog of business exceeding $20 billion. He is also regarded as a leader in safety for the industry and in 2015 was a recipient of the National Safety Council's prestigious Green Cross for Safety award, the first ever received by an engineering and construction company. This focus on employees is a hallmark of his leadership at CB&I, which has become one of the largest job creators in the U.S. hiring over 25,000 employees in the past three years. In addition, Mr. Asherman's dedication to developing new talent included the creation of a global Women's Leadership Network to provide mentoring and focus on career development for women in the industry; a commitment to Veteran training and hiring resulting in employment opportunities for more than 6,000 returning servicemen and women over the past three years; and continuing support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through scholarships, internships and recruitment of graduates for professional and technical opportunities. CB&I also has become a leader in the U.S. and around the world in developing a culture of community giving and support for local schools, charities, and emergency response to natural disasters wherever its employees are working. "It has been a great honor to lead CB&I for almost 12 years, and I am proud of the many significant accomplishments the company and our employees have made in that time," said Mr. Asherman. "Pat has demonstrated tremendous leadership capabilities and has been an active executive partner in maintaining CB&I's standards with our employees and our global energy customers. His technical and business credentials plus over 25 years of industry experience make him the right executive to lead CB&I into the future. I'm confident Pat will bring a fresh perspective on technology and innovation that will drive the company to even greater achievements." Mr. Mullen, 52, was named Chief Operating Officer of CB&I in 2016. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and President of CB&I's Engineering & Construction operating group, where he was responsible for all engineering and construction for CB&I's worldwide operations. He joined CB&I in 2007 through the company's acquisition of Lummus Global and has worked in operational and commercial leadership roles throughout the company with global responsibility for corporate strategy, as well as serving as a key interface with CB&I's shareholders. Mr. Mullen currently serves on Vectren Corporation's board of directors. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. "Phil's leadership has set a strong foundation for the many opportunities we have ahead," said Mr. Mullen. "I appreciate the Board's confidence as we work through this challenging cycle in our industry, and I am committed to taking action to ensure the successful execution of our significant backlog of projects. I look forward to working with our many talented employees to further build a culture that enables CB&I to be the most collaborative and innovative partner for our customers around the world." About CB&I CB&I (NYSE: CBI) is a leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry. With over 125 years of experience and the expertise of more than 40,000 employees, CB&I provides reliable solutions to our customers around the world while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and an uncompromising standard of quality. For more information, visit www.CBI.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding CB&I and represents our expectations and beliefs concerning future events. These forward-looking statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. When considering any statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or use or contain words, terms, phrases or expressions such as "achieve," "forecast," "plan," "propose," "strategy," "envision," "hope," "will," "continue," "potential," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "predict," "intend," "should," "could," "may," "might" or similar forward-looking statements, we refer you to the cautionary statements concerning risk factors and "Forward-Looking Statements" described under "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K filed with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2016, and any updates to those risk factors or "Forward-Looking Statements" included in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, which cautionary statements are incorporated herein by reference. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cbi-announces-retirement-of-philip-k-asherman-and-appointment-of-patrick-k-mullen-to-president-and-chief-executive-officer-300460284.html


"PotashCorp, The Boeing Company and Deputy Chief Jogmen have helped make our world a safer place to work and live," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "We are proud to honor them and to recognize all the outstanding finalists that share the Council's goal of eliminating preventable deaths and injuries in our lifetime." PotashCorp recognized that tools and procedures designed to reduce injuries as a whole do not always affect serious injury and fatality (SIF) rates. To close the gap, PotashCorp developed a system to empower workers to identify potential SIF exposure before an incident and provides training so employees can identify potential problems in routine activities. The approach includes reviewing everyday tasks for risk, integrating injury prevention into all safety processes and following up on all incidents for SIF potential. The Boeing Company developed a fall protection system – the Piranha Lox True Interlock Harness – that disables a work platform if a worker is not properly hooked into his or her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Falls account for 10 percent of all occupational deaths each year; in more than 75 percent of those fatalities, PPE is available but either not used or used incorrectly. Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen spearheaded the inaugural Illinois Rail Safety Week in 2014 by gathering more than 300 independent police agencies, county sheriff departments, private firms and state agencies to promote public awareness through education, enforcement and rail safety engineering advances. The model has been expanded to other campaigns in Illinois, including distracted driving awareness, and was used to introduce National Rail Safety Week in 2016, co-sponsored by International Association of Chiefs of Police and Operation Lifesaver. The finalists were selected from over 50 applicants reviewed and evaluated by an external panel. Other finalists included Odebrecht Construction, Chatham County, Ga., Tracey Holmberg of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo., and Trenda McPherson of the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition in Tallahassee, Fla. Visit greencross.nsc.org for additional information about each winner and finalist. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council's flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-safety-council-announces-winners-of-its-prestigious-green-cross-for-safety-awards-300464395.html


A total of 4,836 people died in workplace incidents in 2015, and 937 of those killed were construction workers.[i] Falls are the second leading cause of death in the workplace, and more than half of fall-related deaths each year occur in the construction industry.[ii] "On Workers' Memorial Day, we pause to remember those that have been lost in completely preventable incidents," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Sadly the results of our survey indicate that many workers still worry about whether they will make it home safely tonight. We call on all employers to renew their commitment to keep everyone safe, on every job, each and every day." Gauging Americans' perceptions toward their safety at work may help provide further insight into workplace deaths. Other key findings from workers across all industries include: The National Safety Council offers free resources through the Journey to Safety Excellence for those looking to improve the safety culture in their organizations, and calls on employees to take the pledge to keep one another safe at work. The survey is based on the Council's Employee Perception Surveys. Full survey results and methodology are available here. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council's flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information. [i] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm [ii] According to Injury Facts, 2017 edition To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/58-percent-of-construction-workers-say-safety-takes-a-backseat-to-productivity-according-to-national-safety-council-survey-300447135.html


"The road to zero deaths is paved with potholes," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.  "Someone is seriously injured on our roads every 8 seconds; someone is killed every 15 minutes. In too many cases, we are gathering the 'what' but not the 'why' and better data will enable us to make better decisions." Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964. Without a clear understanding of the scope of the problem, regulations, laws and policies can be more effective. The National Safety Council identified 23 specific crash factors that should be captured on crash reports. While no state is capturing data for all 23 fields, Kansas and Wisconsin lead the nation by including fields and codes on reports for 14 of the factors identified as critical by NSC. Maryland, Kentucky and Nebraska each are capturing just five of the 23 factors. Six states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York and Virginia – do not provide fields or codes for police to capture alcohol impairment at low levelsii, even though fatal crashes involving drivers with low BACs are not uncommon. Of the eight states that have decriminalized recreational marijuana use, only four states – Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington – include fields and codes to record positive marijuana results from drug tests. The National Safety Council is calling on the traffic safety community to take several actions to ensure better data collection, including moving toward filling out crash reports electronically, updating forms more frequently to capture emerging issues such as fatigue and driver use of new technologies, adopting an investigatory approach to crashes and using electronic data recorders to collect crash factors such as performance information on any advanced driver assistance system in the vehicle. A full list of recommendations can be found at nsc.org/crashreport. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. i The National Safety Council reviewed one crash report from each state. NSC was not able to obtain a current crash report from the District of Columbia, so it is not included. ii "Low levels" refers to alcohol concentrations below the legal limit of 0.08. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/most-crash-reports-do-not-capture-drowsy-drunk-drugged-and-distracted-driving-according-to-national-safety-council-300444894.html


News Article | April 24, 2017
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Deufol North America, the Sunman, Indiana-based global packaging, logistics, and supply chain firm, recently received four prestigious Occupational Awards from the National Safety Council, which promotes and advocates for enhanced safety protections in the workplace. The Milestone Award, which recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 30 days without incurring an illness or injury that resulted in days from work. The 2017 Significant Improvement Award, which recognizes companies that have a minimum of 20 percent reduction of injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work. The Perfect Record Award, which recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 12 consecutive months without incurring an injury or illness that resulted in days away from work. The Operational Excellence achievement award, for companies with equal to or less than 50 percent of the BLS ratings for their 6 digit NAICS code. Deufol’s safety record is a reflection of the entire team’s attitude toward workplace safety, according to Deufol North America Human Resources, Lisa Nichols. Deufol’s leadership team developed a health and safety constitution that formally established the facility’s commitment to workplace safety. The leadership team also worked with the entire facility team to create a culture of active participation in safety and protection. All team members are responsible for a commitment to safety and any team member can propose ideas or suggestions that could enhance safety. Additionally, Safety Teams on all three shifts provide consistent leadership and support in safety efforts. Deufol also implemented other strategies aimed at improving safety and protecting worker health. One was the Hearts and Minds calendars competition, which was created by employees and their loved ones to boost safety and health awareness among the team. Another initiative was Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), which was an audit of the facility to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards. Deufol is proud that its commitment to safety has been recognized by The National Safety Council. However, Deufol is even more proud to offer a safe work environment for all of its team members. ABOUT DEUFOL Deufol is a global packaging, supply chain, and distribution company. The Sunman, Indiana facility is the headquarters of Deufol North America. Globally, Deufol has more than 3000 employees in over 90 locations. The company serves customers in a broad range of industries with projects related to packaging and distribution, design and process development, packaging automation and technology solutions, and supply-chain and location services.


News Article | April 2, 2017
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Apple - Here's What You May Not Know An iPhone nearly killed a man who fell asleep while his phone was still charging. He was admitted to a hospital with second and third-degree burns to his neck and hands. Wiley Day, from Alabama, was almost killed by electrocution on March 23. He said that his metal dog tags slipped between the charger and the extension cord while he was asleep. Day was hit with 110 volts and doctors said that he is lucky to be alive, as 100 volts alone have the capacity to kill a person. The man is expected to recover completely and will be speaking at Alabama A&M University on April 5 at 5 p.m. "Thursday morning is probably the scariest morning I've ever been through in my life," said Day. Day survived because he found the strength to break the chain from his neck and stop the electrocution. The iPhone loosened from an extension cord and the dog tag he was wearing at the time as a necklace slipped inside the cracks and started conducting electricity. The man was thrown from his bed to the ground and stopped feeling anything in a matter of moments. "Your body is numb at that point. I guess people would think it would be burning, but in my case I felt a whole lot of pressure around my neck," he noted. The man started to lose eyesight and felt as if he were trying to see out of a peephole, with everything looking like shades of gray and black. Shortly after this, the man became aware of his heartbeat, which ticked loudly inside his ear. Day remembers the entire moment, including the way he kept desperately shouting for help from his relatives, who were asleep on the other side of the house. After minutes of struggle, his adult niece ran into the room. "She said I kept yelling 'Jesus!'. When I came to senses and figured out what happened, I literally stood straight up, and I said, 'Oh my God, I think I just got electrocuted!'," remembers Day. Day came out of this experience a changed man. "Charge your phone away from you. Charge it the next day. It's not worth your life," Day added. Every year approximately 400 people die from electrocution and another 4,400 are injured because of electrical hazards, according to the American Burn Association. Of these, on average, 180 cases are related to consumer products. Additionally, another 325 people die and approximately 4,000 are injured at the workplace as part of electrical accidents, notes the association — quoting data from the National Safety Council. Electricity is responsible for 140,000 fires every year, which result in another approximately 400 deaths and 4,000 injuries. The cost of the damage caused by these fires is around $1.6 billion in property damage, while the total economic loss due to electrical hazards is estimated to be more than $4 billion every year. "Check electrical tools regularly for signs of wear. If a cord is frayed or cracked, replace it. Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks," notes the Electrical Safety Educator's Guide issued by the association. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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