December 2016 Archives

Report says sleepy workers cost the economy billions

Many Maryland residents drink coffee before they go to work in order to combat sleepiness, but actually getting sleep at night may be more important. A report from RAND Europe claims that going to work after getting very little sleep is both dangerous and costly. According to the report, workers who get less than six hours of sleep each night are 13 percent more likely to be killed in an accident than workers who get seven to nine hours of sleep at night.

Inaccurate breath test results can create penalties for lawful drivers

Over the last two or three decades, much of the emphasis on traffic safety and enforcement has been built around raising awareness-and penalties-when it comes to driving under the influence. While each state has its own mix of requirements and penalties, one feature that is present nationwide is the use of the breath test as law enforcement's go-to measurement of intoxication-at least in the field. In most states, with the exception of South Dakota, it is even the preferred evidentiary measurement for intoxicated driving. What if the breath tests are less accurate than they are represented to be, though?

Ways to accommodate an aging workforce

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that by 2024, 24.8 percent of workers in America will be 55 or older. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found that 22.6 percent of workers were 55 and older in 2015. In 2010, only 19.8 percent of workers were 55 and older. As the workforce ages, it will be important for Maryland employers and those throughout the country to keep those aging employees safe.

How employers can reduce scaffold-related injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly two-thirds of construction workers across the country use scaffolds on a frequent basis. As a result, the most common type of construction site accidents involves scaffolds, as well as ladders, hoists and lifts. These accidents usually result in severe injuries, but there are some ways Maryland employers may be able to mitigate these accidents.

Snapchat's speed filter involved in serious car accidents

Maryland residents may have heard about the speed filter on Snapchat. This feature allows Snapchat users to display their speed while they live stream video. Snapchat says that it tries to discourage people from using the speed filter while driving. However, warning messages saying, 'do not Snap and drive" have not been enough to deter some people.

Know the facts about brain injury

One of the most commonly misunderstood forms of injury is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. It affects more people than most generally realize, and because the effects of such injuries tend to take a long time to reveal themselves, spotting signs of a TBI can be difficult. At the same time, though, they can be most effectively treated if they are caught early, so learning to identify when you or someone else has received a brain injury can make a big difference in the prospects for recovery by helping to insure that injured people do not -injure themselves.

Dealing with workplace injuries and illnesses

Every year, many Maryland workers are injured or sickened as a result of their job. If you are one of them, you likely have the right to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Almost all employers in the state must carry workers' compensation insurance coverage for the protection of their employees.

Drowsy driving risks highlighted in AAA report

Data suggests that about one in three Maryland residents get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. This is a problem because studies have found that drowsy drivers are involved in accidents at rates similar to those who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. One such study was released on Dec. 6 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and it reveals that individuals who sleep for only four or five hours in the 24 hours prior to driving are four times more likely to crash than people who get at least seven hours.

Premises liability in ice and snow

As winter approaches, Maryland businesses and residents need to be aware of some of the potential hazards cold weather can bring so that they can minimize the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. There are several steps that businesses should take to protect their employees, customers and other visitors who will be on the premises.

Protect yourself and coworkers--know the facts about burns

Workplace safety is an ongoing concern for everyone on your team, and for good reason. As part of managing your safety, the state requires your employer to carry some kind of compensation insurance for injuries at the workplace. Effectively managing workplace safety means going beyond that though. It means working to ensure that you are properly trained to be safe during the conduct of your duties and to respond safely in the case of an accident, and speaking up to learn more if you feel underprepared.

Hypoxia treatment can prevent permanent disabilities

Many babies that are born in Maryland suffer from hypoxia at birth. Hypoxia is caused by inadequate oxygen to the brain before, during or after childbirth. When mild hypoxia is treated swiftly and correctly, it usually does not lead to permanent disabilities. However, a lifelong disorder can result from moderate or severe hypoxia and hypoxia that is not properly treated.

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