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Dog bites and the risk of infection

Adults and children in New Jersey have the basic right to expect to be in public without being subjected to attacks from dogs. Still, there are times when dangerous or vicious dogs attack people and inflict potentially serious injuries from bites. What's particularly problematic about a dog bite is the risk of infection. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that infections result from about 10 to 15 percent of dog bites.

The reason why dog bites often become infected is that they often happen in places where it's more difficult for the body to fight infection, such as hands and fingers. Various species of bacteria can multiply after a bite occurs and produce symptoms that may include fluid or pus coming from the wound, tenderness or red streaks around the bite, muscle weakness, fatigue, limited use of the affected hand or limb, and/or fever. Puncture wounds from bites may develop into tetanus, a serious bacterial disease that affects the nervous system.

Spinal cord injuries are often caused by car crashes and falls

Spinal cord injuries can be life altering. Damage to your spinal cord can physically affect your ability to feel or control some parts of your body. It can also affect you mentally, emotionally and socially.

Motor vehicle accidents and falls are two of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States. However, other common causes include acts of violence, recreation accidents, alcohol use and diseases.

Cold poses a threat to workplace safety

Winter weather can pose serious health concerns for workers in New Jersey, especially those with outdoor jobs. Cold weather is often accompanied by ice, snow, cold winds and other conditions that can pose a serious risk to workplace safety. While many people know that working in the heat can lead to heat exhaustion, working in the cold can also lead to hazardous stress on the body. Cold stress includes all of the potential effects of very low temperatures, including numbness, frostbite and hypothermia. Damp air and contact with cold water can exacerbate these symptoms.

It's important that workers understand that shivering can be a symptom of serious cold stress. As the body's temperature decreases, blood may flow away from fingers and toes, leaving exposed skin especially at risk for frostbite. Severe hypothermia can also develop with continued cold exposure, leading to brain damage and other serious injuries. Some workers are at greater risk than others, especially those who may be ill or less physically fit. Employees in agriculture, construction, food processing and fishing may be at the greatest risk for cold-related workplace injuries.

Drowsiness a danger among ridesharing drivers

Some ridesharing drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are endangering both themselves and others through sleep deprivation. This is because many of them overwork themselves to meet certain salary incentives. Most ridesharing drivers are independent contractors, which means they are never screened for medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued a position statement back in April 2018 that brought attention to this public safety risk. It called for collaborative efforts between ridesharing companies, government officials, law enforcement officers and medical experts to reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes.

Scaffold accidents frequently injure construction workers

Many construction workers in New Jersey routinely work on scaffolds. The safe use of these platforms depend on well-maintained equipment, competent people installing equipment and fall prevention practices. Many worksites, however, fail to observe best practices, and collapses and falls injure and kill many workers. In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 3,900 citations for improper scaffolding practices, making them the third most common category of safety violation.

Every year, scaffold accidents cost employers roughly $90 million because of lost productivity. About 4,500 construction workers experience scaffold accidents each year, and several dozen die. The Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes the bulk of these incidents to falls and substandard platforms.

Traffic accidents one of world's leading causes of death

Traffic accidents are a major concern to people in New Jersey and around the world. Indeed, World Health Organization statistics indicate that motor vehicle accidents are the eighth most common cause of death on a global level. In 2016, deaths related to traffic reached 1.35 million in 2016, moving ahead of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as a major public health and safety risk. The figures were released as part of the WHO's 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety. The report's foreword noted that roadway safety often does not receive sufficient attention as a global issue.

The United Nations set a goal to cut traffic deaths in half between 2016 and 2020, but despite some progress, the world is not on track to achieve that milestone, according to the report. Indeed, for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 29, traffic accidents are now the number one cause of global deaths. The report did note that while the number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents has continued to rise, the rate of death has stabilized in relation to the world population. The rate of traffic deaths has remained at around 18 per 100,000 people for 15 years.

Drivers may need help to stay safe during the winter

While it may be tougher to drive on New Jersey roads when the weather gets cold and snowy, it is not impossible to do so safely. To avoid an accident, drivers should increase their following distance to at least eight seconds behind the vehicles in front of theirs. Furthermore, it is not a good idea to use cruise control or to accelerate too quickly. Those who are driving up a hill should not stop or slow down.

Drivers should know whether their cars have anti-lock brakes prior to driving in poor conditions. If a driver or a vehicle is not up to battling snow, ice or low visibility, it may be best to wait until after a storm passes. Those who choose to go out should let someone know where they are going ahead of time. A vehicle's tires and brakes should be inspected prior to going anywhere to ensure that they are in proper working condition.

Trucking deaths rise, some call for HOS rule modifications

Truckers in New Jersey, as elsewhere, may find themselves frustrated by current hours-of-service guidelines. For example, many complain about the rule requiring them to take a 30-minute rest break after driving for eight consecutive hours; according to them, it can create delays, force them to speed to make up for lost time and bring on drowsiness earlier in their shift.

Some believe that the inflexibility of current HOS rules is partly to blame for the rise in large-truck fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 4,761 deaths in 2017: a 9 percent increase from 2016 and a 29-year high. About 1,300 of the victims were truckers themselves.

OSHA highlights major workplace safety problems

Workers in New Jersey may face a surprising number of dangerous conditions on the job, especially when employers flout federal safety regulations. At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress, a deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laid out a top 10 list of the major safety violations uncovered by the agency during the previous year. The statistics reflected the period from October 2017 through September 2018. In many cases, the violations reflected a consistent pattern recurring repeatedly over the years.

For example, the number one violation has topped the list for the past several years: failure to provide fall protection. Employers have a duty to supply workers on heights with proper protective equipment to prevent falls or mitigate their effects in case of an incident. However, 7,270 violations of this regulation were discovered throughout the year; in many cases, workers on unprotected edges or high roofs had no fall protection equipment at all. Employers also repeatedly failed to provide proper training on fall prevention, the eighth most common violation on the list. There were 1,982 violations during the year, issued when employers failed to train all workers or to ensure that a competent person was providing the instruction.

Dog bites and personal injury

Dog bites cause serious injuries in New Jersey every year and can even lead to death in some cases. Across the United States, about 1 in every 775 people per year seek emergency care because of dog bites.

Dog bites can be particularly dangerous for young children. Children under 10 years of age are often bitten on the head or neck area due to the proximity of these areas on a child's body to a dog's mouth. Boys who are between 5 and 9 years of age comprise the most dog bite victims.

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