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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.

An overview of common truck accident injuries

Drivers in New Jersey should exercise caution when sharing the road with large trucks. One thing to remember is that truck accidents often end in death, and that in 97 percent of these fatal crashes, it is the occupant of a passenger vehicle who dies. When victims survive, they are usually left with serious physical and mental trauma.

Some of the most severe physical injuries are incurred by the spinal cord. The impact of the crash could cause the vertebrae to become dislodged, fractured or compressed. The nerves could become damaged, leading to temporary or permanent paralysis. Other bones, such as the leg, arm and hip bones, may be broken as the body is thrown against the window, air bag or steering wheel. Victims may have to undergo multiple surgeries before recovering.

Pedestrian death toll worries analysts

New Jersey residents likely know the dangers posed by not paying attention while walking in the street. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, 5,984 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. That is roughly the same as 2016, and there was a 9 percent increase in pedestrian deaths between 2015 and 2016. A variety of factors are attributed to the increasing number of such deaths in recent years.

Marijuana consumption and the use of smartphones are the two biggest factors according to those who have studied the matter. The increase in the number of pedestrians killed in automobile crashes comes at a time when cars are getting safer. They now increasingly come with rear-view cameras, collision warning systems and advanced braking systems. However, pedestrians and drivers both share some of the blame for the problem.

Carpal tunnel syndrome -- what is it?

If you don’t have it, you probably have not given much thought to carpal tunnel syndrome. But if you have been diagnosed with this condition or suspect there is something wrong with your hand or arm, this post could help you understand what is happening – and what you can do to get better.

The carpal tunnel a passage in the wrist that allows a nerve called the median nerve to pass between the arm and the hand. The ligament at the top of the tunnel is very rigid. If that ligament or other surrounding tissues become swollen, the resulting pressure on the median nerve and causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Ways employers can encourage workplace safety

In fast-paced businesses, it can be easy for some New Jersey employers to overlook safety, especially if there are numerous project deadlines and other time constraints. However, failing to regularly enforce rules can result in serious or even fatal injuries. Not only can these workplace accidents potentially cause employees to be unable to work for a certain period of time, it can also negatively impact production time.

However, there are certain things that managers can do to encourage the use of appropriate workplace safety practices. For example, all of those who are in leadership positions should follow and actively encourage others to follow them. By so doing, management can encourage a healthy safety culture that benefits everyone. They can also conduct pre-shift huddles to continuously reinforce safety mindfulness and one-on-one discussions with employees to build trust.

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