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October 2015 Archives

Running red lights leads to serious consequences

Red-light running remains a serious concern in Maryland and around the country. An estimated 165,000 people are injured by red-light runners each year. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 762 fatalities resulted from people who had broken the law and ran red lights at intersections causing crashes, and approximately half of those victims were not the violators, but pedestrians, drivers or passengers hit by the person running the red light.

The danger posed by combustible dust in the workplace

Maryland workers who are employed at manufacturing or processing facilities may be at risk of being injured or killed in an accident caused by combustible dust. Many different materials can become explosive when finely divided into dust, and some substances that are difficult to burn may still become extremely volatile when in particles small enough to hang in the air. Explosions involving combustible dust are often catastrophic and occur without warning, and they have been known to reduce workplaces to rubble. In 2008, an exploding cloud of sugar dust killed 14 workers in Georgia.

Determining fault in an autonomous car crash

According to Google, 94 percent of car accidents are attributed to human error. It is believed that making the transition to autonomous vehicles could significantly reduce the number of collisions in Maryland and around the country. However, there is still a chance of an accident occurring regardless of who or what controls the vehicle. Currently, several automakers plan to introduce autonomous vehicles in the future or have begun testing them already.

What to do when hurt on a Maryland farm

If a farm worker is struck by machinery or by livestock, it could lead to serious injury or death. Therefore, those under the age of 16 may be prohibited by child labor laws from using certain machinery or handling certain types of chemicals. In some cases, state laws may place additional restrictions on top of those imposed by federal law. Regardless of an employee's age, employers should adopt a safety first attitude to reduce the risk of a farm accident.

Personal lifts offer workers safer alternative to ladders

Facilities managers in Maryland looking to reduce accidents related to ladders see many benefits in personal lift devices. These machines raise and lower a worker who stands inside a railed platform. The design provides workers with a stable platform and 360-degree mobility while at the top.

Low oxygen levels may be dangerous in perinatal period

As Maryland parents likely know, the amount of oxygen a baby receives before and during the birthing process and after birth is important. Low levels of oxygen might cause significant difficulties for the baby and result in multi-organ problems. There are ways to recognize perinatal asphyxia as birth progresses and increase oxygen saturation to both the mother and the child.

Head-on collision leads to 4-vehicle accident on bridge

An accident took place in Maryland on Sept. 28 involving four vehicles at around 7:55 a.m. The collision occurred on the Thomas Johnson Bridge, and charges are pending against the driver believed to be responsible. He was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he crossed into the southbound lane from the north by driving over the solid yellow center line for unknown reasons.

Statute of limitations on workers' compensation

Workers in Maryland who are injured on the job are required to file their claims for workers' compensation within the two-year statute of limitations. In New Jersey, which has the same statutory period, a man who is attempting to collect on a workers' compensation claim after working for a decade at McDonald's is struggling to demonstrate that his torn rotator cuff is the result of an earlier injury caused by his work at the company.

National Safety Council promotes safety for agricultural workers

Farms across Maryland contribute to the fundamental needs of society with their food production. This important work, however, involves many workplace hazards. Every year, the National Safety Council reminds farm workers and farm owners to stay alert for dangerous situations while cultivating, harvesting and processing crops.

Convictions overturned as car defect is revealed

Maryland drivers who own General Motors cars may have heard about a recall the company issued in February 2014 in connection with the ignition switch in 2.6 million of its vehicles. Several people were criminally charged in fatal accidents in which the defect is now considered the cause, and others may be forthcoming. The people had described their cars as increasing speed or stopping on their own and were not believed.

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