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March 2019 Archives

Abuse in nursing homes has devastating effects

When Connecticut residents hear stories of elderly individuals being abused in nursing homes, they likely agree that it is heartbreaking. There is outrage over mistreatment, health violations, and neglect. For years the government has worked to enact reforms as well as supervise what happens in nursing homes.

Farm machinery can cause potentially dangerous vibrations

Workers on farms in Connecticut may be at risk of serious workplace injuries and accidents. Farm work often involves large, complex machinery that can pose a significant risk of an acute injury. However, other types of injuries can develop over time due to repetitive exposure to certain types of physical stress. According to a study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, many operators of farm machinery experienced vibrations that reached a limit set by the European Union for exposure in only two hours of operation. This is particularly concerning for workers operating these vehicles daily.

Bipartisan push for front and side underride guard regulations

More than 300 U.S. road users are killed each year by underride accidents. This is when a passenger vehicle slides under a semi-tractor trailer. Road safety groups throughout Connecticut and the rest of the country have been calling for more comprehensive underride guard regulations for some time. Lawmakers from both chambers of Congress and both political parties have recently answered those calls by introducing bills that would mandate the installation of these possibly life-saving safety features on the fronts, sides and rears of trucks. The proposed legislation also updates the current rear underride guard standards.

Most common ladder-related accidents

The American Ladder Institute designated March 2019 as National Ladder Safety Month as a way to spread the awareness of how ladders play a role in so many workplace accidents. Not just workers but everyone in Connecticut should know that more than 300 people die every year in ladder-related accidents, and there are a few common causes.

Senate hearing focuses on reports of nursing home abuse

Connecticut residents who have loved ones in nursing homes should know that the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing to discuss reports of abuse and neglect from some of the nation's nursing homes. One case of fatal neglect occurred at a nursing home with the highest possible ranking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

NIOSH: tow truck drivers see high injury, fatality rates

The risk for an on-the-job fatality is nearly 15 times greater for those in the motor vehicle towing industry than for those in any other private industry. This is according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which released a report on the issue after analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Connecticut residents may want to know why the fatality rate is so high.

Work is hard on the knees. Here are 6 ways you're making it worse

Physical work is no joke, and it takes a toll on your body. Climbing up and down ladders. Lifting heavy items when loading or unloading the truck. Scrambling through a crawlspace. Crouching and bending for hours on end as you hook up pipes, cables and wires. Depending on your occupation, these are all things you may do daily.

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