The number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers has risen sharply in recent years, and road safety advocates in Missouri and around the country have blamed this increase largely on the use of smartphones and other internet-connected devices by motorists. Between 2013 and 2017, smartphone ownership in the United States rose from 55 percent to 77 percent while the number of traffic accidents increased by 12.3 percent to 6.4 million.
Working as a nurse is a rewarding and challenging career. Its rewards are obvious: You get to help patients be well and use your unique skill set to improve the health of your community. Its challenges are apparent, too: you must navigate complex situations, work long hours and cater to patients who are sometimes resistant. There are also physical challenges in nursing that are often overlooked.
The hazardous nature of the construction industry should be well known to employees and employers alike in Missouri. OSHA has stated that in 2016, there were over 1,000 construction-related deaths; moreover, about 60 percent of those deaths could have been prevented with the right training and equipment. The following are the top five hazards that construction workers face and how they can be mitigated.