Friday, November 29, 2019

Jury Awards $101M to Family of Son Who Suffered Brain Damage

Expectant mothers can often tell when something does not feel right with their pregnancy, particularly if the baby stops moving during the third trimester. This is what happened to a Chicago-area woman who was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child. After noticing that the baby was not moving as much as he normally did, » Read More

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Dangers of Using Fall Protection Systems Near Exposed Edges

Working on roofs, decks, platforms, or any other elevated area where there is an open edge can be dangerous if workers do not have the proper fall protection gear. In fact, after several fatalities involving workers who fell to their deaths after their self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) were severed, the Washington State Department of Labor & » Read More

Wet Leaves as Dangerous as Black Ice for Drivers 

As the weather continues to change and the temperatures drop, motorists need to be aware of certain seasonal hazards that can cause dangerous driving conditions. Motorists know that they must use extra caution when driving on ice, snow, or freezing rain. What many motorists may not realize is that when the leaves begin to fall, » Read More

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Filing a Police Report Regarding a Car Accident

From minor fender benders to severe, multi-vehicle collisions, car accidents can be extremely stressful, particularly when there are serious injuries involved. The aftermath of an accident can be very confusing in terms of knowing what steps to take and how to fill out a police report. The more you know about the process ahead of... Read More

Trucking Fatalities Reach a 30-Year Peak

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal truck accidents continues to rise, despite advances in safety technology. In fact, trucker deaths are at the highest level in over 30 years. The American Trucking Association (ATA) responded to this data by saying that the statistics do not » Read More

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Seat Belt Use Increases in Maryland

Use of seat belts in Maryland seems to be up slightly, but there is more work to be done to increase the routine employment of these safety restraints. The 2019 Roadside Observation Seat Belt Survey released by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) revealed that seat belt use is up only a fraction over the » Read More

Monday, November 25, 2019

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2019

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the top 10 safety violations for that fiscal year. The list does not usually change much from year to year, including the top three violations, which continue to be fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding. According to OSHA, the current data only » Read More

Types of Birth Injuries

While most pregnancies are free of complications, and the baby is born without any health issues, birth injuries are not uncommon. In some cases, the injury is minor, and will not involve any permanent or long-term health complications. More severe injuries, however, can have a significant impact on the baby’s health and future quality of » Read More

On My Way App Awards Drivers for Safe Driving

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 25. Many of those accidents are caused by drivers who were distracted by their phones or other electronic devices. Despite the common knowledge that talking and texting while driving can result in severe car accidents, young drivers continue to... Read More

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for road trips, and an increasing number of Americans are traveling to celebrate the holiday. Last year, AAA predicted that over 54 Americans would travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase from 2017. Maryland motorists planning to travel should be prepared... Read More

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pyrofuse Technology Makes Electric Cars Safer Following an Accident

Electric cars are fuel efficient, less expensive to run and maintain, and are better for the environment, yet batteries used in these vehicles have been known to catch on fire after an accident. Lithium batteries that are used in electric cars are prone to thermal runaway, which occurs when there is a sharp temperature increase... Read More

Impact of Workplace Ergonomics on the Opioid Crisis

One of the main contributors to the ongoing opioid epidemic in this country is workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In fact, according to data from the Utah Department of Health, the Office of Medical Examiners, and the Labor Commission on all Utah residents, workers in industries that involve a significant amount of physically demanding work, like » Read More

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November is National COPD Awareness Month

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that is caused by long-term exposure to irritants, chemicals, or cigarette smoke. People with COPD often have difficulty breathing and may suffer from wheezing and a mucus-producing cough. In some cases, COPD can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and other health » Read More

Steps to Take After an Accident Involving a Delivery Vehicle

According to recent reports from Buzzfeed and ProPublica, there have been at least three fatal crashes that involved Amazon delivery drivers. Reporters found that Amazon puts intense pressure on its fleet of independent delivery contractors, which left one delivery driver and two non-employees dead. Motorists who are injured in a car accident involving a delivery... Read More

Staying Safe Behind the Wheel During Inclement Weather

Even the most seasoned driver can end up skidding, hydroplaning, or losing control of their vehicle if weather conditions cause the roads to become slippery, or the motorist’s visibility is compromised. While it is always smart to check the weather report before hitting the road, particularly if it is a long drive, the weather can » Read More

Monday, November 18, 2019

How Does Marijuana Impact the Trucking Industry?

When operating a massive, 80,000-pound commercial truck, it is imperative that the truck driver is awake and alert so that they can safely operate the vehicle and focus on the road ahead. If a truck driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their ability to maintain control of the vehicle is impaired. According » Read More

Patient Dies After Receiving Contaminated Fecal Transplant

Fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) is a procedure that involves transplanting feces from a healthy donor into the bowels of a sick patient. While this may sound like a questionable procedure, it has been proven to be highly effective at restoring a sick patient’s microbiome with the beneficial bacteria and other organisms that exist in the » Read More

New Intersection Design in Montgomery County Improves Pedestrian Safety

Transportation planners in Montgomery County, Maryland are committed to making their roads safer for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. The Montgomery County executive officials from the Department of Transportation and the Planning Board announced plans for a protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue in Silver Spring. The protected intersection includes a four-way stop and » Read More

Public Blames Accidents on Human Drivers Over Autonomous Cars

In a study that sheds light on perceived fault in car accidents, 5,000 people were asked for their opinions about which driver was responsible in several hypothetical car crashes involving both human drivers and automated driverless technology. The study involved made-up scenarios in which human and computerized drivers shared control of the car. In some... Read More

Friday, November 15, 2019

The NHTSA Rates the Most Unsafe Cars

According to a report that was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of car accident fatalities in the United States is lower than it has been in 30 years. This is largely because today’s vehicles are safer than ever thanks to improvements in safety technology and increasingly strict federal regulations.... Read More

How to Maintain a Healthy Workforce

While a growing number of employees are working from home these days, a significant percentage of employees still report to an office or place of employment, at least a few times a week. That means sharing certain pieces of office equipment, and spending time in shared spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and conference rooms. The more » Read More

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hazards of Petroleum Exposure

An employee at Turner Specialty Services tragically lost his life while performing his regular job duties at a petroleum refining facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was working in a confined space, where he asphyxiated after he lost air supply. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Turner Specialty Services and Hunt Refining Co. » Read More

Tips for Repairing Your Vehicle After a Car Accident

Any car accident can be a headache, even a minor fender bender. You need to deal with the insurance company, seek medical care when you are hurt, and finally, get your car repaired. Knowing where to start and who to trust to repair your vehicle is not always easy. The following tips will get your... Read More

New Google App Detects Accidents

Today’s vehicles are equipped with safety technology, like automatic braking and lane departure warnings, that can help prevent serious car accidents. While extremely effective, these safety features cannot always prevent car accidents from happening. In an effort to ensure that first responders arrive to the accident scene as quickly as possible, Google developed its Personal » Read More

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dash Camera Data Helps Trucking Industry Reduce Accidents

If you have ever driven past a truck accident on the highway, you know how devastating and destructive they can be. One of the more common causes of truck accidents is drowsy driving. Too many truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel on too little sleep to meet tight delivery deadlines. Lytx DriveCams can » Read More

New Law Increases Penalties for Drunk Driving in Maryland

Effective October 1, 2019, motorists who are caught drunk driving in the state of Maryland will face steeper fines and increased jail time thanks to House Bill 708, which was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. Repeat offenders will face increased fines and extended jail time, and penalties will automatically be doubled for motorists » Read More

Monday, November 11, 2019

Understanding the Medical Malpractice Claim Process

If you were harmed in any way while under the care of a medical professional, and you believe that negligence was involved, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who will walk you through every step of the claims » Read More

Leading Causes of Car Accidents in the United States

Even the most careful and responsible driver can be involved in a car accident if there is inclement weather, an unexpected animal running across the street, or other people’s unsafe driving behavior causes an accident. By understanding the most common causes of car accidents, however, motorists can learn how to take the appropriate safety precautions... Read More

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Selling Used Cars with Unrepaired Safety Recalls

AutoNation is one of the largest car retail chains in the United States. In 2015, the company said they would stop selling used cars that had open safety recalls. However, according to a recent report, AutoNation has continued to sell vehicles that have significant safety recall issues, some of which were linked to serious and » Read More

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Pros and Cons of Hiring Teenage Truck Drivers

According to the American Trucking Association, there is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States. In fact, this country was short approximately 50,000 truck drivers in 2018, compared to 36,000 in 2016. Many industry officials believe that one way to address the shortage is to lower the interstate driving age from 21 to » Read More

Safety Risks of Buying a Used Car

Unless you know the person from whom you are buying a used car, purchasing a used car can be risky. You do not know whether the car was well-maintained, if the vehicle had been damaged in an accident, or if there are any product recalls that were never repaired or replaced. Before purchasing a used » Read More

Understanding Car Safety Ratings

Safety ratings are one of the key selling points for new vehicles, but if you have ever wondered how certain vehicles earn their top safety ratings, or who is responsible for performing the safety tests, you are not alone. The two agencies responsible for evaluating vehicle safety are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)... Read More

Medical Mistakes at Urgent Care Clinics

Urgent care facilities provide a range of medical services to patients on a walk-in basis. Health care providers at these facilities treat illnesses like the common cold or the flu, as well as injuries such as cuts, broken bones, and sprains. For patients who may not be able to get immediate treatment elsewhere, urgent care » Read More

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Common Causes of Medical Mistakes

According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins, more people die from medical errors than strokes, Alzheimer’s, or diabetes. If fact, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country. While these tragic mistakes happen in almost every health care setting, some patients are at greater risk than others, including Medicare patients » Read More

Cars Equipped with Alcohol Detection Systems Can Prevent Drunk Driving

Even though driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and can lead to serious car accidents involving severe injuries, people continue to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. New legislation has been introduced that would make it mandatory for all new cars and trucks to be equipped with alcohol detection... Read More

Amazon Warehouse Workers at Increased Risk for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Amazon delivers thousands of packages to consumers across the country every day. Customers expect to be able to place an order and have their package delivered within a day or two. For the warehouse workers responsible for preparing these packages, this can involve a great deal of lifting, bending, twisting, and running for up to » Read More

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Safety Tips for Tower Workers

Safety is a priority for all workers, but when your job involves climbing communications towers that average 200 feet in height, taking the appropriate safety precautions is often a matter of life or death. In addition to falls from high altitudes, tower workers face a range of hazards, including electrocution, equipment failure, and structural collapse. » Read More

NHTSA Plans to Revamp Five-Star Safety Rating System

When purchasing a new vehicle, safety is a top priority for most consumers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed its five-star safety rating so that consumers could choose a vehicle with four or five stars and know that they were purchasing a safe car. However, according to Consumer Reports, the rating system is... Read More

Friday, November 1, 2019

Teen Brain Development and Car Accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for teens in this country. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that brain development may explain why some teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident compared to older drivers. The study analyzes working memory in teen drivers and the impact... Read More

Dust from Artificial Stone Linked to Irreversible Lung Injury in Workers

Engineered stone is one of the most popular materials used for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. Unlike natural stone, engineered stone counters are less likely to crack or stain and are easy to clean. However, because countertops are made up of 90 percent silica, workers who are exposed to silica dust develop health risks, including » Read More