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March 2017 Archives

New OSHA program for Virginia employers

A new program launched by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is designed to help small and mid-sized businesses create health and safety programs that reduce the risk of injury to workers. The program, called the Safe and Sound Campaign, has been created to offer information and resources to smaller businesses that have owners who may assume safety programs are too expensive.

Did someone else's drowsy driving cause your car accident?

Imagine getting an early start on your cross country road trip at 4 a.m. The traffic will be light, so you will be able to log some serious miles before the rush hits. As you drive out of town, a car you were passing veers into your lane, so you take evasive action to avoid it. You had to put your car in a ditch to avoid the other driver.

Tips for lessening workplace head injuries in Virginia

Many construction workers and those employed in the oil and gas industry are often exposed to overhead hazards that can turn deadly, especially if they are unprotected and they suffer a serious face or head injury from a fall or a falling object. For instance, in October 2016, an employee who worked for an auto parts company in Massachusetts died of head injuries while making vehicle repairs. Aside from the fact that the employee was not wearing personal protective equipment, the company was penalized for $27,157 after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found it had violated more than a dozen safety rules, including training, electrical safety, HazCom regulations, personal protective equipment and exit route signage.

March is dedicated to eye injury awareness

Many Virginia residents have jobs that put their eyes in danger. Construction workers are required to wear eye protection, but other types of jobs can harm to eyes, especially ones that involve spending long periods of time working on a computer. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated the month of March for encouraging people to take care of this essential body part and use appropriate protection at work or whenever their eyes are at risk.

5 frightening TBI symptoms after a car accident

Doctors learn more about brain injuries every day, but they remain challenging and facts can be elusive. Part of the issue is that traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can impact people in different ways. Doctors must review each case individually. If you're a 30-year-old man and you're involved in a head-on collision, striking your head on the dash, you could have drastically different symptoms than a 60-year-old man or a 12-year-old girl, both of whom were involved in nearly identical accidents and also hit the dash.

Roadways in Virginia may be getting more dangerous

Due to recent figures that indicate a rise in traffic deaths, the National Safety Council is calling for a number of new regulations to make the roads safer. The NSC is calling for all cell phone use to be banned in automobiles as well as a three-tiered driver licensing system for motorists under the age of 21.

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