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April 2016 Archives

Work-related death statistics released for 2014

Although many types of jobs pose risks of injuries and deaths, construction is one of the more significant areas in which fatality accidents occur on the job. Statistics for 2014 have recently been updated, providing an overview of significant increases in the death rate on construction sites as well as in the mining industry. Across the country, more than 4,800 workers died in 2014, including more than 70 in Maryland.

Texting and driving is not the only cause of a distracted driver

Using a cellphone without a hands-free device and texting and driving are two activities that are often associated with accidents attributed to the negligence of a distracted driver. Along with many other states, Maryland has prohibited those practices. However, according to the National Safety Council, using a hands-free device may be just as dangerous.

Month-long electrical safety campaign

Maryland employers are reminded to think more about electrical safety every year during National Electrical Safety Month. Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International promotes awareness about electrical dangers through a nationwide campaign. Communities, schools, organizations and employers are reminded to stay safe around electricity with outreach materials that are provided by the ESFI.

Cancer diagnoses hampered by potential inaccuracies

Maryland patients may benefit from new technology that seeks to make up for inaccuracies in diagnostic processes. Although one in seven males suffer from prostate cancer, current techniques for diagnosing the disease commonly fail to catch it in time for effective treatment due to its lack of early symptoms. Annual prostate cancer screenings, often referred to as PSA tests, have also been known to result in false negatives in patients who actually have cancer.

Injuries to communication tower workers

Maryland workers in high-risk occupations may be able to learn a lesson from a conference spearheaded by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission. The February 2016 workshop brought a number of representatives from the communication tower industry together to highlight ongoing safety issues. Although factors like work-site design were revealed to impact safety, employer operating standards also played significant roles.

Brain injuries common for construction workers in Maryland

In a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers state that traumatic brain injuries are more common for construction workers than for people in any other U.S occupation. Researchers came to their conclusions based on data recently made available by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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