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Hazards in the workplace should be minimized

Workers in every sector face serious risks if the workplace is unsafe. The onus to keep employees safe is on the employer. The company must have protocols and training programs in place to help ensure that everyone can go home unscathed at the end of their shifts.

There are some injuries and accidents that are more common than others. These must be given a primary focus when the business is creating a safety plan. Employees must be told that they are at risk of specific injuries and given tips to avoid them.

External airbags may reduce the severity of side collisions

External airbags may eventually become a reality on vehicles. However, it will take a while before car parts manufacturers perfect the technology. Drivers in Connecticut should know that these airbags could prove beneficial in the event of side-impact crashes. The ZF Group states that they can reduce the severity of occupant injuries by as much as 40 percent. ZF has even developed its own model of external airbags.

ZF's airbags deploy from the vehicle's sides to act as an additional crumple zone, absorbing the impact of a side collision. The system weighs 13 pounds and is 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide. Dimensions will vary, of course, based on the host vehicle's size. What may be most impressive is the inflation time, which is 15 milliseconds, comparable to that of steering wheel airbags.

Strategies to keep workers safe over the holidays

The holidays are generally a busy time for retail establishments in Connecticut and throughout the country. OSHA is reminding business owners that they have a duty to keep all of their employees safe during this time. Research indicates that the extra hours spent working during the holiday season can have both positive and negative impacts on workers. For instance, people have less time to sleep or interact with family members, which may negate the benefit of increased pay.

Employers can take steps to help their employees maintain their physical and mental health. For instance, they can hire more security or limit how many people can be in a store while a popular sale is ongoing. As a general rule, keeping workers as calm as possible can limit their stress, which can limit their chances of getting hurt while on the job.

Tips for Safely Traveling in Winter Weather

Like it or not, winter has arrived. This means having to drive in winter conditions. Roads in Connecticut can quickly become overwhelmed with icy conditions and driving snow. These conditions frequently lead to accidents, but there are plenty of safety precautions drivers can take to avoid a collision in winter weather.

One of the best tips for avoiding a vehicle accident during the winter is avoiding it altogether. Weather forecasting isn't perfect, but planning your trips around weather projections can help you avoid some of the iciest conditions. Drivers should wait out storms when possible, but at worst make an effort to select routes that are less likely to become unmanageable during winter weather.

How bedsores can be linked to nursing home negligence

Connecticut residents who have loved ones in nursing homes may be concerned about negligent medical care. Bedsores are among the most common injuries sustained in nursing homes. These injuries aren't just painful, they're dangerous, too, leaving the sufferer vulnerable to infection.

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are most commonly found among people who spend the majority of their time lying in bed or sitting in a chair. They are especially common among people who are immobile or have neurological disorders that lessen their sensory perception. These injuries are also more frequent with people who have medical conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. However, they can be influenced by poor nutrition and hydration as well.

Employer responsibilities for protecting temporary workers

Temporary workers in Connecticut have just as much right to be in a safe job environment as permanent employees. This is why OSHA suggests that both employers and staffing agencies clearly define their responsibilities in their contracts to ensure compliance with workplace regulations and standards. Doing so may avoid confusion and legal problems.

If there are dangerous conditions at a workplace that result in a workers' compensation claim due to injuries sustained, OSHA may hold the staffing agency and temporary employer jointly responsible. In some situations, employers place temporary workers in a variety of roles. But before doing so, employers need to provide adequate safety and health training and give a full explanation of expected duties.

Scenarios that could cause liability for slip-and-fall accidents

Snow and ice often accumulate on sidewalks and parking lots during winters in Connecticut. Snowy conditions represent just one source of slip-and-fall accidents. Falls caused by problems like a wet floor at a supermarket or poorly lit walkway outside of a business could impose liability on a property owner or possessor that left hazards unaddressed.

Extenuating circumstances must exist before liability arises from falls resulting from ice and snow. For example, a clogged roof drain that creates a buildup of ice that then melts, drips and freezes again on a sidewalk could qualify as a hazard that the property owner should have corrected. A parking lot with an irregular surface that allows water to freeze into puddles presents another example of neglect that leaves slippery places for people to fall. Regardless of weather, a crumbling parking lot with holes or big cracks that causes someone to fall could create an opportunity for a victim to sue for damages.

5 potential signs of nursing home neglect

Nursing home neglect is tragic and heartbreaking. The very people who need care and assistance the most often do not get it from those entrusted to watch over them. Even when this treatment does not venture into full-fledged abuse, neglect itself can lead to all sorts of physical, mental and emotional difficulties.

As you put your parents into a nursing home, neglect is one of the main things you want to watch out for. It can be tricky to identify risks in advance. The tour of the nursing home looks great, the staff seems friendly and they assure you that they will take great care of your loved ones -- but that's the same speech you get at every home. You know that neglect happens. What signs should you look for?

Avoiding workplace accidents in cold weather

Construction workers in Connecticut face additional safety hazards during winter months. There are several things that workers and managers can do to make a construction site safer during cold weather.

Prior to the winter season, it is a good idea to perform an inspection on areas that could freeze over during winter months. It is much easier to perform routine maintenance and repairs before ice and snow sets in. Fluids in all machinery should be checked to make sure that they are at the appropriate volumes and concentration levels for winter weather.

How to prevent underage drinking at your holiday gathering

Hosting a family gathering is difficult regardless of the occasion. As a host, you juggle numerous responsibilities ranging from providing social introductions to preparing a meal. What you may not have realized, however, is that as a host you are also responsible for making sure that no underage drinking is happening at your event.

In Connecticut, underage drinking at your holiday gathering could leave you liable for injuries caused by intoxicated minors. Regardless of whether you rent or own your home, if someone who is under 21 years old consumes alcohol at your house and injures himself or herself or injures someone else you could be charged with a class A misdemeanor, the most serious misdemeanor charge.

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