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Was my gym injury due to negligence?

When you get hurt in the gym, it can be extremely frustrating and disheartening. It's not only because you likely will suffer ongoing pain, have to take unpaid leave from work and deal with unforeseen medical bills, but also because you will delay your workout goals.

Gym injuries can happen because you overexerted yourself while lifting weights or if you were careless with the equipment. In these cases, the responsibility for the resulting injuries will probably lie with you, and therefore you will not have a personal injury claim. However, the injury could possibly have been caused due to the negligent actions of the gym owners and their employees.

Truck fleets turn to technology to reduce distracted driving

Commercial trucking fleets in Connecticut have many products to choose from when they want to monitor truck drivers and alert them to potential dangers. Although technology like GPS units and smartphones distract drivers, specialty monitoring systems in truck cabs can detect warning signs and alert drivers or fleet managers to take corrective action.

For example, Omnitracs watches for hard breaking, abnormal acceleration and sudden variations in work hours. This data produces an accident prediction score. According to the company, over 1,000 variables contribute to its prediction of driver distraction and accident likelihood. Similarly, Zendrive collects data from drivers' smartphones to warn fleet managers and insurers to potential accident risks. Managers can use information gathered from monitoring systems to coach their drivers.

Five tips for safety-minded employers

Creating a safety-minded culture in the workplace is often difficult. Connecticut employers and employees can both get caught up in the fast pace of work and ignore safety guidelines in their efforts to meet deadlines. This only leads to more injuries, less productivity and higher medical expenses and workers' compensation costs. Persistently bad performance may also increase turnover rates and tarnish the company's image.

This is where five safety tips can help employers, site managers and safety coaches who want to turn the situation around. The first tip is to start from the top. Employers must champion safety themselves before they start organizing their efforts. They can then conduct an anonymous survey to measure employees' knowledge of corporate guidelines and expectations and opinions of current safety.

Safety and construction injuries

Depending on the type of job they have, workers in Connecticut may be at risk for sustaining certain types of injures while at work. For construction workers, they have a high risk of falling, being caught between or in object, being electrocuted or being struck by an object. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 20 percent of all workplace fatalities take place at construction worksites.

Fatalities that are the result of falling account for almost 39 percent of construction fatalities. Due to the dangers of falling, construction companies are required by OSHA to take every necessary precaution when protecting their workers. This includes providing acceptable guards for all floor holes. Toe boards and guardrails should also be positioned around all platforms, runways and open-sided floors.

What's involved in a truck accident settlement

Victims of commercial truck accidents in Connecticut should know what the possible outcomes are when they seekcompensation. When it's clear that the truck driver is to blame, they have the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit with the civil courts. However, before or during the litigation process, they may have the chance to seek resolution through an informal settlement.

One of the benefits of an out-of-court settlement is that it saves time and money. Civil trials can often become drawn-out affairs, but they can be replaced through one of several ways, such as arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. These are all methods that fall under alternative dispute resolution.

Construction stand-down may help in preventing falls

Over one-third of construction fatalities in the U.S. are caused by falls, according to NIOSH. Because falls are the most common cause of deaths in construction, it's essential for employers in the industry to address any risks in the workplace and follow OSHA guidelines concerning lifts, scaffolding and other elevated surfaces. Thankfully, there's a chance for companies in Connecticut and across the nation to do precisely this.

From May 7 to May 11, OSHA will be holding its fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The organization, along with NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training, advises all construction employers to participate in the stand-down by shutting down operations and focusing on equipment inspections and employee training. The training could include toolbox talks, demonstrations and videos.

Self-driving cars could make all-too-human mistakes

For many people in Connecticut, the allure of autonomous vehicle technology is highly linked to the potential it represents to make driving safer and cut down on devastating car crashes. By eliminating the human factor, including the potential for distraction, fatigue or mistakes, automated driving could present a futuristic image of fully autonomous roadways. However, others raise concern about the safety of self-driving vehicles, noting the propensity for software bugs, mechanical problems or hacking.

One professor at Arizona State University says that the most unsafe aspect of autonomous vehicles is the involvement of humans in their programming and development. Because humans are the ones who create self-driving vehicles' software, human error can always be introduced. In particular, he noted that autonomous vehicles are designed to replicate the feel and comfort of a human-like driving experience. However, by seeking to mimic the behavior of humans, this can also enter less favorable human behaviors and assumptions into the vehicle's algorithms.

OSHA warns of pinch point injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is warning employers about the overlooked dangers of pinch points in the workplace. Pinch points, which are areas in machines that could potentially catch body parts, could be made of two moving parts, a moving part with a stationary part or a material and a machine part. Whatever the situation, these machines can lead to serious injuries. Employers in Connecticut will want to know what can be done about pinch point hazards.

First of all, it's important to know what kind of machines present pinch points. The construction and manufacturing industry is at an especially high risk. For example, metalworkers could be injured in mechanical power presses and metal-forming machines. Plastic molding machines, assembling machines and power transmission equipment also present a number of pinch points. More widespread equipment like powered doors, covers, hatches and conveyors present hazards as well.

Factors that can contribute to a fatal accident

There is a wide range of causes for fatal traffic accidents. Everything from distractions to driver error has led to tragedy on Connecticut roads over the years.

Unsafe driving practices are some of the leading causes of fatal traffic accidents. These practices include drunk or impaired driving, which is especially dangerous behavior given that the act reduces a driver's ability to react to changes in driving conditions. Another form of unsafe driving is engaging in distractions, which can be anything from text messages and phone calls to talking with passengers.

Hospital workers face very real risks

Hospital work should, theoretically, rank among the safest industries; after all, workers have immediate access to care should a calamity take place. Unfortunately, research indicates otherwise. In fact, individuals employed in hospitals and other medical settings are among the most likely to incur injury while on the job. The question, of course, is why?

Many hospitals have safety protocols in place to address just about any type of potential hazard. But the safeguards are in place for patients, and don't always address how to respond to injured staff. This is because hospital administrators are often so focused on patient care that they don't pay close enough attention to what is going on with their employees.

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