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The link between road construction and car wrecks

These days, road construction is virtually unavoidable, but that does not make encountering it any less annoying or dangerous. As long as communities continue to grow and the number of cars on their roadways grow alongside them, the need for new infrastructure to accommodate them will remain. However, an increased presence of road construction means enhanced crash risks for motorists.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, work zones are full of hazards that have the potential to affect a motorist’s driving ability. Furthermore, while all road deaths across the nation decreased by about 1.5% between 2016 and 2017, the number of deaths occurring in construction zones actually increased by 3% during that same period.

Workers' comp for repetitive stress injuries

While many workplace injuries are due to accidents, certain injuries occur over time. Repetitive stress injuries fall within the latter category.

Just like other injuries that occur on the job, it is possible to seek compensation for the work injury. To seek workers' comp successfully in those situations, it is important to understand a few key elements of this injury type.

Lifting patients a common cause of injury in health care

When you make your living in health care, you face numerous on-the-job hazards that have the potential to threaten your overall health. While some of the risks you face are illness-related, others involve specific injuries, and some of the most substantial injury risks you face working in health care involve lifting heavy patients.

According to Healthcare Business & Technology, health care workers, nurses, specifically, face heightened risks of suffering back, shoulder and other musculoskeletal injuries because of their job duties and work environments. Nurses are so at risk of suffering these types of injuries, in fact, that they report about 35,000 of them every year. Take note, though, that this figure refers to the number of back and musculoskeletal injuries reported by nurses, suggesting that the true number of injuries, including those not reported, may be significantly higher.

Prolonged full body vibration may cause injury

Missouri residents may be interested in knowing what a study found about the effect of farm machinery on the health of the workers who use them. The study showed that within two hours of operation, 30 percent of the tested equipment reached what the European Union refers to as "action level," signifying a risk to the operator's health.

These tests were done on 112 pieces of farm machinery. This included things like combines, all-terrain vehicles, tractors, forklifts and skid loaders. Sensors were attached to the floors and to the seats of these vehicles. The sensors on the floors made it possible for researchers to determine how good of a job the seats did at minimizing vibration levels. The study also looked at the posture of the individuals who participated in the study while on the machines.

Construction workers at high risk for elevator accidents

If you work construction in Missouri, you likely work at many job sites where the elevator has yet to be fully installed and working. If the building in which you are working contains multiple stories, this leaves you at high risk for sustaining an elevator-related injury or even dying in an elevator accident.

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, America sees over 17,000 elevator accidents per year, and 31 people die in them, approximately half of whom are construction workers. In fact, elevator accidents account for a full one-third of all construction fatalities.

Tesla cited by OSHA more than all of its competitors combined

New vehicle buyers in Missouri and around the country who purchase Tesla vehicles might rave about the carmaker, but the 15,000 people who work at the company's huge Freemont manufacturing plant may not be as complimentary. This is because Tesla racked up more Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations between 2014 and 2018 than its 10 largest competitors combined.

Figures gathered by the business magazine and website Forbes reveal that Tesla has been cited 54 times and fined $236,730 by OSHA during the last four years. Regarding the high number of violations, the company's CEO Elon Musk referred to California OSHA as the nation's strictest government safety organization. According to the Forbes analysis, Ford's Missouri assembly plant was the second most cited automobile manufacturing facility with 29 violations that led to fines totaling $29,918.

Recording the details after a car crash

After getting hit by a vehicle, it can be difficult to keep in mind all of the best practices to document the incident. Still, staying calm and taking stock of the situation can be important not only for immediate needs but also for dealing with insurance companies and Missouri authorities. Car accidents can cause serious property damage as well as major injuries that can keep people out of work or require hospitalization. By keeping some key tips in mind, a crash victim can help to support their recollection of the incident.

A victim will need to tell their story to insurance adjusters, police and potentially lawyers. That's why it's important to carefully take in information at a crash scene. Of course, dealing with medical emergencies is the most important issue. Calling 911 can summon emergency aid to the scene, including police and emergency medical personnel. In general, it is best to leave the car accident scene as it is, but in some places it can be dangerous to do so. When safety is an issue, it's wise to move the involved vehicles to the side of the road and wait for the police to arrive.

Causes of car accidents and their influence on liability

Drivers in Missouri have control over many factors when they get behind the wheel. They can choose to avoid distractions, stay sober, maintain their vehicles and obey traffic laws. Issues like the bad decisions of other drivers or defective auto parts, however, are beyond an individual's control. When crashes happen, the police and insurance adjusters will strive to determine what caused the accident and who bears responsibility.

Human error accounts for many car accidents. Even someone with good intentions might simply make a mistake and therefore face liability. Choosing to drive while engaging in distracting behaviors, however, represents a disregard for safety and could result in financial responsibility for accident victims. Using smartphones, eating, putting on makeup and adjusting a radio are known to impact a person's ability to monitor traffic.

Cold temperatures can threaten workers with hypothermia

Winter brings cold temperatures to parts of Missouri, and people in many occupations could experience symptoms of cold stress. Outdoor workers in industries such as construction and agriculture face the cold weather head on, but risks could affect indoor workers as well. People who labor in cold storage areas, wet conditions or in workplaces without heat could succumb to cold stress, which ultimately leads to hypothermia.

Dropping internal body temperatures reduce dexterity and sometimes cause slurred speech. Symptoms become severe when the body temperature falls to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. A person with a core temperature down to 78 degrees faces possible brain damage and death.

Drowsiness a public safety risk in ridesharing industry

Ridesharing drivers in Missouri may feel encouraged to work extended hours because of the low fare and salary incentives, but they will want to be careful about exceeding their safety limits. A position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has brought some needed attention to the risk of sleep deprivation among people in the industry.

Many of them drive during the early mornings and late into the night after a long period of wakefulness, which only increases the chances of driving drowsy. Since in most cases they are independent contractors, they do not get screened for conditions like obstructive sleep apnea that will compound those chances.

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