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Most common workplace accidents

When it comes to workplace accidents, it is clear that proper training, implementation of safety features and equipment, and diligent observation by supervisors can help prevent unnecessary accidents and injuries to workers. Unfortunately, accidents are still common, according to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor, which estimates that 3.3 million people suffer workplace injuries each year. According to the Occupational Safety Health Adminstration (OSHA), the most frequently reported workplace accidents from 2013 to 2014 were:

Falls from elevation, failure to communicate hazards, scaffolding accidents, failure to provide respiratory protection, trucks and heavy machinery accidents, accidents on ladders, and electrical wiring accidents. These workplace accidents caused serious injuries to workers and cost employers millions of dollars all across the United States.

Workplace safety can only be effective if communication and education are improved. While some employers have training standards and ongoing education initiatives in place, others have not caught up to the trends, and their workers may suffer injuries as a result.

People report injuries for all sorts of reasons, but the most common injuries are caused by overexertion. Lifting, pulling, pushing, or carrying heavy loads can take a toll on an individual’s body, and overexertion can have a lasting effect on the individual and their health and may prevent them from being able to work in the future. Overexertion injuries that are commonly reported to OSHA are back injuries, wrist, neck, knees, shoulders, and ankles. In order to avoid overexertion, employees should be trained on how to properly lift items, and they should be given plenty of rest in between tasks so that they do not lift while tired.

The second most commonly reported workplace injury is slip-and-fall injuries. People report slips and falls at a high rate, and while these accidents can be embarrassing, they can also cause serious health problems and force employees to miss work due to recovery. Slip and fall accidents can be prevented by keeping workspaces clean and free of debris, clutter, or water on the floor, and proper signage should be in place at all times if the floor is wet, or has recently been cleaned.

By focusing on the two most commonly reported injuries in the workplace: overexertion and slips-and-falls, we can reduce the number of hurt workers. We found several great resources, including a how-to on overexertion and this New York law firm’s website that details the legal action that workers can take. With the proper education and training for all workers, we may be able to prevent workplace injuries or hold negligent employers accountable for the injuries that their workers suffer.

Read more about how to prevent workplace injuries on MHI’s website and visit the website of the New York law firm here. Check back with us regularly for more information on prevention of workplace injuries and how you can do your part to keep workers safe! If we all do our part, we can make sure that workers do not suffer unnecessary and costly injuries at work, which will save them and their employers money in the long run.

 

Why DWI Convictions are More Serious Than You Think

Jurisdictions and states are clearly aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated. In fact, it is illegal almost anywhere you go. If you are drunk, you may get involved in an accident because the influence of alcohol can limit your physical and mental faculties. It is worse if an innocent party, like a passenger, another driver, or a pedestrian, has been involved because of your recklessness.

DWI charges can have severe consequences, such as fines, license suspensions and revocations, jail times, and installations of ignition interlocks. But these consequences are more serious than you realize.

Fines can be financial burdens. According to the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., fines can reach up to $10,000, at least in Westchester. The average American may not have instant access to that kind of money.

License suspensions and revocations are even worse. They take away your privilege to drive, so you should think of another way to get around. This can have a ripple effect in your life. Taking public transportation can be very tiring, and you arrive at school or work with limited energy, compromising your ability to be productive. Public transportation also doesn’t have the convenience of driving your own vehicle, so it may be harder for you to do errands, like grocery shopping.

Ignition interlocks are not as bad as license issues, but they are still inconvenient. You will need to have the proper blood alcohol content before your ignition even starts, and there are instances where you need to check your blood alcohol content again even while you are already on the road.

Jail times are arguably one of the worst consequences. They do not just make you miss time at work, as they may even be the reason why you are fired. Worse, those with DWI convictions may find it harder to get jobs, because employers can be biased against those with any kind of conviction. This is even worse if those convicted are in the driving industries such as delivery and trucking services.

The direct consequences of fines, license issues, jail times, and ignition interlocks are already bad in themselves. But their effects on other aspects of your life, such as convenience of getting around the city and the limitations in employment opportunities, are even worse.

The Dangers of Defective Shoulder Replacements

Shoulder replacements promise increased functionality in the shoulder and arm area and reduced pain. These surgically implanted devices are very promising for those who have limited shoulder functions because of injury and complications. An example of shoulder replacements is the Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder, which promises to restore arm movement for those who have sustained arthritis.

This device, however, has started to be recalled because its fracture rate is higher than what is labelled, resulting into damages on the side of the patient. Those who have the Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder may sustain injuries and infections, corrective surgeries, additional medical costs, and lost time at work, because of the defects present in the shoulder replacement. This is the best example on how shoulder replacements can pose significant danger toward the patients.

Possible Issues with Shoulder Replacements
Shoulder replacements can be dangerous because of numerous reasons. These reasons may be on the side of the patient, the medical staff, or the device itself. On the side of the patient, a possible issue is allergic reaction to the cement used in the medical device.

But the worst reasons are those that involve the medical staff and the device itself, since the patient will be the one suffering because of the negligence of another party. It can even be argued that the allergic reaction to cement is the medical staff’s fault, because of the staff’s inability or failure to foresee such a risk. According to the website of the shoulder replacement lawyers of Williams Kherkher, patients who have sustained additional injury or have had corrective surgery because of a flawed shoulder replacement device may have legal options to pursue.
There are several issues with shoulder replacements that can be associated with the medical staff and the device itself, such as the following:

Bone, nerve, or tissue damage
Component erosion
Infection
Joint dislocation
Prosthetic misalignment or loosening

Drunk Driving Accidents: Getting Ahead of the Dangers through Prevention

Drunk driving is among the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drunk driving accidents led to 9,967 fatalities in 2014. This accounted for 31 percent of all car accident deaths reported in that year. Knowing all this, it’s apparent why both the federal government and individual state governments are particularly committed to the prevention of drunk driving accidents. It’s because of this dedication that there has been stricter implementation of traffic regulations against drunk driving.

Among the many policies facing stricter reinforcement is the establishment of traffic checkpoints in numerous states all over the country. In these checkpoints, law enforcement is able to pull over vehicles to check for a driver’s sobriety through the use of breathalyzers and other quick tests. Through these field tests, they can see if any driver has a blood alcohol concentration or BAC level that’s above the legal limit of 0.08 for private individuals and 0.04 for individuals operating commercial vehicles.

The penalties for drunk driving could include several thousands of dollars in fines, imprisonment or probation, as well as license suspension. Still, all these penalties remain inconsequential compared to the possible long-term consequences that victims of drunk driving accidents end up facing cannot compare to those suffered by drunk driving accident victims. According to the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, victims of such accidents often require significant medical treatment and they could also end up with financial burdens caused by their inability to come immediately back to work.

If you, or anyone you know, have been injured in a drunk driving accident, be reminded that you are entitled to receive just compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Consult with an experienced lawyer working in your area to learn more about your legal options.

Rollover Accidents: A Result of Defective Vehicle Design

Every year, thousands of rollover accidents resulting to as many as 10,000 deaths and 24,000 serious injuries are reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A rollover accident is a deadly type of vehicular accident; it is characterized by the tipping over of a vehicle onto its side or roof. While any type of vehicle can rollover, the ones most prone to this type of accident are pickup trucks, vans and, SUVs.

Rollover accidents are usually caused by unsafe roadways, worn out tires (due to loss of traction), or a great tendency of the vehicle to oversteer (turn farther than it was meant to), or understeer (turn lesser that intended). However, the major cause of rollover accidents, as pointed out in the Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, website, is a vehicle’s defective design, specifically, its center of gravity being higher from the ground.

The consequences of rollover accidents are almost always serious, like head injury, spinal cord injury, dislocated bones, amputated limb, or death. Due to the great risk of severe injuries passengers are exposed to in this type of accident, the NHTSA has released safety measures, which drivers should observe for them to avoid a rollover from happening. Besides making sure that a vehicle is never loaded with very heavy cargo, drivers, especially of SUVs and vans, should also make sure that the vehicle maintains its balance by keeping the weight of passengers and cargo equally distributed inside the vehicle.

Requiring that vehicle manufacturers install a safety device, called the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), in vehicles is another major move adopted by the NHTSA. This safety device consists of sensors which are capable of immediately detecting loss of vehicle control. As loss of control is detected, the ESC automatically applies brakes on the affected wheel to allow the driver to regain control of the vehicle. The ESC also helps ensure stability during quick turns, improves control of vehicle on gravel patches and road shoulders, increases traction on slippery and ice-covered roads, and eliminates the likelihood of oversteering and understeering.

It mentioned above, however, that rollover accidents are primarily due to a defect in vehicle design, enough reason why accidents should be blamed on manufacturers. It is, therefore, important for the family of a victim in a rollover accident to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately for the possible legal action they may pursue against the liable party.

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