Construction workers can suffer repeated stress injuries

When you consider the various kinds of injuries a construction worker could sustain, what usually come to mind are those that involve falls from ladders or electrocution from contact with live overhead wires. However, there are other issues that do not often make the headlines.

A repeated stress injury may take a while to develop, but it can cause lifelong problems. Construction workers are among those whose jobs can cause this kind of injury.

Understanding the four categories of premises liability

Accidents occur all the time, but proper safety measures can help to prevent them in certain cases. If you or a loved one became victim to a slip and fall accident due to unsafe conditions or negligent acts, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim.

Premises liability laws govern the proceedings for slip and fall accidents and similar cases. In such instances, the liability category determines the extent of the owner's responsibility.

When to consider getting a second opinion

When it comes to medical issues, people tend to trust their doctors. After all, medical professionals have extensive training and education in medical complexities most people simply do not have the resources to evaluate or access to. However, there are times when something just feels wrong. Listening to that feeling can help you make the right choice.

Medical experts are not immune from mistakes

Healthcare providers may be highly qualified, but they are still human beings who can make mistakes for a variety of reasons. Seeking a second opinion can help you get the right diagnosis and care. 

Coverage for your hit-and-run

Automobile accidents happen every day. If a driver is not at fault, he or she should receive compensation. However, what can someone do if the other driver flees the scene?

Many drivers may not be aware of the coverage they may use in the state of Maryland in such cases. If a driver or a loved one has been in a hit-and-run accident, there are a few options available.

What to do after a car accident

Getting into a car crash is a traumatic experience. It can happen in seconds, yet the consequences can last for far longer.

On an immediate level, this means having to deal with a multitude of problems at a time when you may feel physically and emotionally depleted. Having some simple guidelines for handling the aftermath of a crash can help you through these first moments. Taking the right steps now can make it easier for you to take care of health and financial issues later on.

Car accident prevention of driverless cars decades away

Whether it is a daily commute to work or a long drive to a vacation destination, most Maryland drivers would rather be doing something else with their time than sitting behind the wheel. The companies pouring money into driverless car technology are counting on this selling point but the most important factor is safety. Despite the potentially enormous benefits in reducing accidents, autonomous cars are likely to remain in the future for a good while longer.

A closer look at the potential benefits of driverless vehicles requires starting with the current costs. First is the nearly 7 billion hours collectively spent by drivers on congested roadways. This does not include the many hours of vacation time effectively wasted or the millions of daily commutes. Automated vehicles will lead to increased speed, better coordination between cars and passengers with more free time. Those passengers will also be safer, since 94 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error.

Companies failing to improve work injury reporting

Maryland sustainable organizations that have not made collecting data about workplace injuries and illnesses a priority are part of a larger trend. The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability has reported that large and influential sustainable companies have failed to achieve common safety standards.

The CSHS looked at the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. This list represents large companies across many industries that have institutional influence. The CSHS looked at public safety data from these companies between June and December 2016 and compared it to a previous study in 2013. The three-year span produced scant evidence of improvementt among these companies as well as a lack of consistency in data collection methodology and the terms and definitions used to describe health and safety among workers.

The causes and complications of shoulder dystocia

Although shoulder dystocia only appears in a small percentage of Maryland births, it can result in long-term health complications, permanent disability or even death in rare cases. This condition occurs when one or both of the infant's shoulders get stuck in the mother's pelvis, sometimes resulting in a difficult birth.

The majority of shoulder dystocia cases are caused by an infant who is larger than normal or if the mother's pelvis is too small. There are a number of other factors that can contribute to this birth condition, such as obesity, diabetes or if the mother is delivering more than one infant.

Motorcycle riding is riskier for seniors

Motorcycles are not inexpensive, and it is ironic that when you are finally able to afford the Yamaha or Hog of your dreams, the purchase may come with risks you may not have considered. During the past two decades, the average age of motorcyclists has increased, and so has the rate of injuries.

The results of a survey published in the medical journal Injury Prevention reveal that motorcycle riders over the age of 60 are much more susceptible to serious injury than younger riders.

Repairing water pipes with common method may be hazardous

Maryland construction workers who regularly repair water pipes as part of their jobs may often use a common method known as the cured-in-place repair method. While this method was traditionally thought to be safe for workers, research suggests that it could cause exposure to harmful chemicals, including known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

For the cured-in-place method, a resin-impregnated fabric tube is inserted into the broken water pipe. Workers then use pressurized steam, ultraviolet light or hot water to cure the fabric tube. During this process, a large amount of what looks like steam is released into the air. However, researchers found that this steam actually contained hazardous chemicals that could potentially be dangerous to the workers, the public and the environment. Just how hazardous, however, was not known due to a lack of studies on the subject. For example, researchers said they were unaware of what the safe exposure limits were and what impacts this vapor had on the environment.

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