November 2016 Archives

States to avoid when driving

As the winter holiday season approaches, many Maryland families will be hitting the road to visit relatives or see the sights in other states. Some may have heard that. although there had been a decline in nationwide traffic fatalities for several years, 2015 saw an increase of more than 7 percent from the previous year, the highest jump in nearly 50 years.

What every driver should understand about distracted driving

Whether you believe yourself to be at risk for distracted driving regularly, the fact is that most motorists do participate in at least a few activities that increase their risk on the roadway. While many might argue that these distractions are impossible to totally avoid due to the necessities of life, understanding how driver distraction works and what you can do to minimize distraction as you drive is important, because it gives you the toolkit you need to manage your own safety.

Technological solutions for worker safety

Technology is changing safety in workplaces in Maryland and throughout the country. Some of these innovations make equipment use safer. For example, products can come with QR codes or URLs that employees can enter to learn more about using the product safely. However, technology can also boost safety by helping to prevent violence in the workplace.

OSHA standards for excavation and trenching

There are certain operations in the construction industry that are considered very hazardous. Construction workers in Maryland and the rest of the country should be aware of the safety guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding excavation and trenching.

Improving worker environments can improve worker safety

For workers in Maryland and throughout the country, the focus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has shifted from tracking job-related injuries and illnesses to looking at the effects of a workplace environment on safety. Studies have shown that certain workplace conditions can increase the likelihood of illnesses. For example, split or graveyard shift workers may be more likely to suffer from sleep disorders or to become injured. Working too many hours may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Understanding the differences between a passenger car and a big rig

Being safe on the road means understanding the ways that different vehicles perceive their place in traffic so that you know when you need to look out for other drivers. Even the most careful and conscientious operator has a hard time overcoming large blind spots or mechanical restrictions on their ability to start and stop quickly. That is why it is important to understand the differences between big rigs and passenger cars on the road - so that you can be conscientious about steering clear of dangerous situations.

2 women critically injured in 1-car crash

Two women were treated for critical injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma following a one-car accident on Oct. 30. The incident took place along eastbound Interstate 68 in Allegany County at around 5 p.m. When Allegany County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene, they concluded that weather conditions and excessive speed were contributing factors in the wreck.

What to do if a dog attacks

Injuries from animal attacks are an unfortunate and relatively uncommon experience, but your individual risk relates a lot more to your social network and your local community than to anything else. The fact is, because dogs are both highly trainable and fairly communicative, dog attack risks have a lot to do with how animals are generally treated and what purposes their owners have in keeping them. If you live near people who cultivate hunting or attack traits in their dogs, or if you live in an area with a large population where you don't know all the pets and know which ones are safe, then attacks can be a concern for you and for your family.

Nursing home workers have highest injury rates

Maryland employees who work in the health care and construction industries are at a high risk of being injured on the job. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing homes had the highest injury rates of any other private industry sector in 2015. Hospitals and construction companies are tied for the second-highest rate of injury in the private sector.

Improvements in workplace safety

A Maryland worker dealing with an on-the-job injury or illness could struggle with both health and finances going forward. Although workers' compensation benefits can help to mitigate these difficulties, the best way to avoid such troubles is to improve workplace safety. Fortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports a decline in these types of incidents in recent years. The 2015 rate of job-related injuries and illnesses was less than three per 100 workers.

Aggressive driving a cause of fatal accidents

Aggressive driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. In fact, according to a study by AAA, this behavior led to more than half of the traffic fatalities from 2003 through 2007. While most associate aggressive driving with "road rage", there are many other types of behavior that motorists in Maryland and around the country frequently exhibit that can be classified as such.

Injury of the brachial plexus at birth

As the time of delivery approaches for a pregnant woman, a Maryland health care provider might recommend interventions such as surgical delivery to avoid dangers for the baby or the mother. Such interventions have made it possible to reduce the risks of birth injuries such as neonatal brachial plexus palsy, a condition that involves nerve damage to an upper extremity. NBPP can occur through pulling or pressure in the area of the head, neck, or shoulders as the infant moves through the birth canal.

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