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June 2016 Archives

OSHA urges rest, shade and water in summer heat campaign

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a safety campaign to remind employers in Maryland and around the country about the dangers of working outdoors during the summer months. Heat issues were responsible for the deaths of 18 workers in 2014 according to OSHA data, and more than 2,600 others suffered a heat-related illness of some kind. The federal workplace safety agency is urging employers to pay particular attention to their training and orientation programs, as many of its heat-related investigations involve workers with just a few days of on-the-job experience.

Accident kills 44-year-old Maryland woman

Police in Maryland have reported that a 44-year-old woman was killed and three others were injured in a June 16 chain reaction accident in Anne Arundel County that involved seven vehicles. Police say that the driver of the sanitation truck that caused the crash made no effort to stop his vehicle or avoid a collision. Investigators say that excess speed is also thought to have been a contributory factor. Authorities are said to be reviewing the accident reports before deciding if any charges are warranted.

Being a nurse: health hazards at the workplace

In Maryland and throughout the United States, more than 18 million people work in the health care industry. With so many individuals working in this field, 80 percent of whom are women, it is vital that they have a work environment that promotes safety and health. Nurses face many challenges related to injuries and illnesses. In fact, health care professionals are nearly twice as likely to suffer a workplace injury than private industry employees.

Woman slips into coma during plastic surgery

Maryland residents who are thinking about getting plastic surgery may want to investigate the doctor and facility ahead of time. Even cosmetic surgery can carry serious risks. In 2013, a Florida woman emerged from a coma two weeks after her blood pressure and heart rate dropped during a breast augmentation procedure. Three years later, she still can only stand for moments at a time and can speak just a few words.

Rules set to improve safety in the mining industry

Maryland miners and their families may be relieved to learn about several new rules being introduced by the Labor Department in an effort to increase mining safety. In fact, with improved workplace examinations, more than half the 122 mining deaths that occurred from 2010 until 2015 could have been prevented, according to a representative of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Preventing errors during hospital visits in Maryland

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins who have published a study in BMJ, there are approximately 200,000 deaths per year as a result of medical errors. Calculations were based on 35 million hospital admissions, and if they are accurate, this would mean that medical errors are one of the three top causes of death in the United States.

Employers must record injuries related to alcohol consumption

If a person in Maryland consumes alcohol before they go to work, they could be injured on the job as a result of their intoxication. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to record alcohol-related injuries if the injuries are severe enough that they require more treatment than simple first aid.

Test could detect diabetes in hyperglycemic patients

Many patients in Maryland who have hyperglycemia, usually called high blood sugar, also have diabetes. However, people with diabetes may not be diagnosed with the disease until it has reached a dangerous stage. When people are diagnosed with new-onset diabetes, they could have a better outcome thanks to education and treatment that they receive early on.

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