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January 2017 Archives

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How shift work may affect a person's health

Virginia shift workers may suffer from sleep disorders that could increase the chance of a workplace accident and may also increase the likelihood of contracting some serious diseases. According to a study, rotating shifts can help mitigate some of these effects as long as the worker works at least four shifts in a row.

3 things you should know about semitruck crash causes

Big rig crashes can cause life-altering injuries that will keep you from being able to take care of your family. Because big rigs are so much larger and heavier than any other vehicle on the road, these vehicles can cause devastating injuries. Hopefully you are never in a truck crash, but if you are, here are some things to consider.

Construction workers face many physical risks

Construction workers in Virginia and throughout the country are at a high risk for tendon, muscle and joint injuries. This was the finding of a study that estimated that full-time and wage construction workers lost $46 million in wages in 2014. Many of the injuries occur because workers are exposed to vibrations and must bend and twist in awkward positions. They may also get hurt due to age or being overworked.

Beryllium exposure levels reduced by OSHA

Virginia workers who may have been exposed to beryllium in the workplace should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has lowered the permissible exposure limits. Beryllium is a toxic metal that is often found in electronics. The rule, which was published on Jan. 9, goes into effect 60 days later.

4 points parents of young children should remember in a car crash

Parents do everything they can to keep their children safe. However, sadly, there are some instances in which parents can't do this. One of these occurs when another driver crashes into your vehicle. Your first thought when this happens will be for your young child who is in the car seat in the backseat of the vehicle. Be sure to contact 911 to get help to scene right away.

Potential dangers of fall-arrest gear in Virginia

Although personal protective equipment is essential for individuals who work at great heights in Virginia, this equipment may also present a danger to someone who has fallen. In some cases, a person who is stuck in a full-body harness may experience orthostatic intolerance, which is also called suspension trauma.

NHTSA seeks to curb distracted driving

Traffic accident fatalities in Virginia and around the country are on the rise after years of improving road safety, and distracted driving crashes are a particular concern for federal agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency has released the second phase of its guidelines to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents, and they include a call to cellphone manufacturers to include features in their devices that would restrict their functionality while a vehicle is in motion.