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CDC assesses trends in job-related carpal tunnel syndrome

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the industries and occupations that leave workers with a high risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. New Jersey residents should know that although the report focuses on data from the California Department of Public Health, the results have a wide-ranging application.

The CDPH analyzed the workers' compensation claims for CTS that were filed between 2007 and 2014 and sorted them by industry. It also calculated the rate for CTS per full-time equivalent worker. Its conclusion was that there were 139,336 probable and possible CTS cases among California workers in that eight-year period. Just over 8 out of every 10,000 FTE workers were women while 2.5 were men.

Smartphones may explain why mobile workers crash more

New Jersey residents who are mobile workers or the employers of a grey fleet may be interested to know the results of the 2018 Distracted Driving Report offered by Motus, a workforce management company. Motus has linked the increase in car crashes among mobile workers to an increase in smartphone ownership.

Between 2013 and 2017, smartphone ownership went up from 55 to 77 percent among mobile workers while the number of auto accidents they got in rose from 5.7 million to 6.4 million. The mobile workforce is growing and becoming connected at all times, so this trend is worrying. Motus calculated that mobile workers also travel 49 percent more than any other type of employee in America.

Minimizing slip-and-fall risks in grocery stores

"Clean-up on aisle five!" This is a common announcement grocery shoppers in New Jersey are likely to hear at one time or another. Even if clean-ups are handled fairly quickly, there's always the risk of someone slipping, falling and sustaining a serious personal injury. In fact, the president of a leading underwriter of specialty insurance products considers fall injuries to be the number one cause of loss in the grocery world. There are many different types of things that people can slip and fall on, from split liquids to coupons that fell out of someone's pocket.

To be fair, many grocery stores do regularly take steps to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents for both shoppers and employees. Such efforts typically include using slip-resistant floor treatments, replacing slip-resistant mats and consistently mopping floors. Even when steps like this are taken, there's always the potential for unexpected variables, like an elderly shopper with poor eyesight or a rambunctious toddler knocking down canned goods.

Promoting foot safety in the workplace

There are many employers and employees in New Jersey who do not give foot safety much thought. This is a mistake. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 53,000 foot injuries a year in the U.S. that lead to missed work days. Those who stand for long hours or who lift and move heavy objects are at an especially high risk for foot injuries. The following are a few factors that negatively affect foot safety.

Many foot injuries arise in slip, trip and fall accidents. Wet or greasy floors, uneven floors, loose floorboards and clutter are all potential causes. Anti-fatigue mats, which are meant to comfort the feet of workers who stand for extended periods of time, can become trip hazards. Footwear that lacks traction can also cause slipping.

11 safety rules for chemical handlers

All employees in New Jersey who handle hazardous chemicals will want to keep these 11 safety rules in mind as they are basic and can apply to most workplaces. They are in no particular order, but the first rule is the most obvious: Workers should follow the established procedures and work as they were trained to do. Workers will want to be cautious and identify hazards before they start any task.

Employers should have procedures for emergency situations like fires and spills as well as procedures for evacuation and reporting. To prevent contamination, employees can clean all work surfaces at least once during their shift. Fifth, employees must be provided with adequate personal protective equipment. Worn-out or damaged PPE must be replaced. When working, employees should avoid eating and drinking, and when their hands are contaminated, they should never touch contact lenses or use cosmetics.

Can I get workers' compensation for my carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is affecting millions of Americans, particularly those who use their hands frequently at work. This repetitive stress can develop from inflammation of tissue through the arm, wrist and hand. There are a variety of important factors to keep in mind when determining if you are eligible for workers' compensation for your condition.

If you have developed carpal tunnel pains caused by work-related activities, it is important to seek medical attention and to file a claim for the compensation you deserve.

Crash-related TBIs increase in summer months

New Jersey residents who plan on taking a road trip during the summer are probably aware that others have similar plans. This means more cars on the road and, unfortunately, more crashes. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car and motorcycle crashes are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries. This should be a cause for concern for everyone out on the road.

TBI symptoms can arise just minutes after an accident, but they are often delayed symptoms. They can include exaggerated mood changes, slurred speech and changes in cognitive function. Doctors examining crash victims will look for issues like memory loss, poor word recall, loss of balance and coordination and a diminished ability to count backward. These could point to a TBI or, in less severe cases, a concussion.

Sleep deprivation in truckers lead to catastrophic accidents

On New Jersey roadways and highways across the nation, drowsy driving is one of the leading contributing factors in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. Truck drivers are particularly prone to falling into the drowsy driver category because they can often feel pushed to deliver the load they're hauling in a timely manner. Since trucking is their livelihood, some truckers may literally drive themselves to their own physical limitations.

When any driver is sleep deprived, reaction times and reflexes slow down much like they do in an intoxicated driver. A drowsy driver can become so focused on trying to fight off the body's natural need to fall asleep that they lose cognitive perception of the situation before them. In cases like this, big rig drivers could cause serious and even fatal accidents.

A range of studies conducted on distracted driving

In 2017, there were 37,150 fatalities on the nation's roads, according to U.S. DoT data. This is a 10 percent increase from 2014, and many experts believe that distracted driving has a large part to play in it. Drivers in New Jersey who are concerned about this trend, which is being aggravated by advances in technology, can consider the results of several recent studies made on the subject.

An AAA study showed that built-in infotainment systems demand a high level of attention from drivers, even more so than interfaces like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay that run off smartphones. Researchers conducted an experiment with 64 participants driving five different vehicles; the participants were asked to make calls, text, adjust audio, enter navigation destinations and use the other features on the infotainment systems and smartphone interfaces.

NFL player facing drunk driving charges after New Jersey crash

Police in New Jersey have reported that the New York Jets player Chris Herndon was taken into custody during the early morning hours of June 2 on drunk driving charges after his Nissan Armada SUV struck a Toyota FJ-40 sport wagon on Interstate 80 injuring its 76-year-old driver. The rookie tight end's brush with the law is the latest in a series of incidents involving Jets players that have embarrassed the team.

According to a New Jersey State Police report, Herndon's Nissan struck the Toyota at approximately 4:45 a.m. in Rockaway. Troopers say that the Toyota, which was towing a vintage car was damaged beyond repair in the crash. Herndon was placed in custody after a breath test allegedly revealed his blood alcohol concentration to be higher than the .08 percent New Jersey legal limit.

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