Three million on-the-job injuries occur nationwide each year, with over a third of them serious enough to require time off of work. This is according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics. The fact is, there is always a risk of workplace injury, regardless of whether your employment is in a warehouse, factory, school, hospital, construction site, or office. What are some of the most common on-the-job injuries, and how can you decrease the likelihood of being hurt at work?
Every year, about 1.3 million people die and up to 50 million people are disabled or injured due to traffic accidents. Without a doubt, a traffic accident can change the life of an individual forever. If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a traffic accident, it is important that you seek the necessary medical treatment to boost the chances of a speedy and complete recovery.
Property owners in Pennsylvania and across the country are expected to provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors. In workplaces open to the public, such as malls and shopping centers, this is especially important because there are often areas where danger is inherent. People who are responsible for these properties are wise to follow common sense precautions to insure the safety of customers and employees and thus avoid premises liability claims.
Property owners who create a dangerous condition or do not correct a hazard they know exists may be held liable for any injuries that result from that hazard. Making periodic checks for spills or other risks is one way to reduce the number of accidents on the property. If the hazard cannot be corrected immediately, property owners are advised to use signage, barriers or other methods of alerting the public to the danger. Areas too dangerous for the public should be secured and perhaps monitored with cameras.
People in Pennsylvania love their dogs. Dogs are often spoiled and treated as if they are members of the family. Some dogs provide a valuable service, protect our property or offer companionship. In the blink of an eye, however, any dog may become aggressive and even attack without warning. Animal bites can be painful, cause lifelong injury or even end in death.
Recently, police responded to a report that a large dog was attacking a smaller dog. Police say the large dog appeared to be a pit bull. The incident attracted a crowd of people that police had to clear away. In order to force the dog to release the smaller animal, police fired a shot. The wounded dog released its victim, but then it lunged at its 33-year-old owner.
The good news is that deaths caused by car accidents have dropped. This may be because of improved safety features in newer automobiles. The bad news is that more people in Pennsylvania and across the nation are facing injury and death from preventable accidents. This may mean an increase in trips to the emergency room, hospital stays and premises liability claims.
A recent study from the National Safety Council showed that accidents have passed strokes and Alzheimer's as leading causes of death in the country. In fact, an accident kills an American every four minutes. While opioid overdoses and poisoning now kill more people than car accidents, injury and death by falling has risen 63 percent over the past 10 years.
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise nationwide. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities rose by 10 percent in 2015 from 2014. Deaths from motorcycle accidents have increased by 122 percent since 1997, while passenger vehicle deaths dropped by 30 percent during that time. Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association also demonstrate these trends. According to their 2013 figures, for each mile driven, motorcycles had a 26 times higher fatality rate than passenger vehicles.
At the end of a long shift at work, most people look forward to going home. This may be especially true if they have families waiting for them. Pennsylvania workers may not often consider how car accidents can change their lives, especially if they use public transportation to get to and from work.
Just after midnight, a man was on his way home from work when a car slammed into the bus stop where was waiting. The impact was so great that the metal canopy of the bus stop was ripped free and dragged down the street by the car. The man was thrown into the air some 100 feet. He landed on the sidewalk and died of his injuries at the scene.
Dogs may be the most popular pet in America. While dogs may be lovable, loyal, and even adorable, they can also be unpredictable. Animal bites are always a possibility if a dog feels threatened or irritated, even with normally docile pets. In Pennsylvania, however, dog owners who know their animals have a tendency toward aggression should be particularly vigilant.
A woman was recently attacked by a large pit bull. The animal allegedly chased the woman, biting her numerous times. Neighbors apparently tried to stop the dog, but to no avail. When the police arrived, the dog continued its attack even as the woman climbed onto the hood of the police car in an effort to escape. It was only after officers shot and killed the dog that it released the victim from its bite.
Dogs have the reputation of being man’s best friend. But what happens when that loyalty transforms into accidental aggression, as when a dog mistakes a neighbor for a threatening intruder?
The risk of a dog attack is greater than readers might realize. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that around 4.5 million people suffer a dog bite each year. Of those victims, about 20 percent require medical care, possibly even reconstructive surgery and/or rabies shots.
As speeding factors into a significant percentage of truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed a rule that would require trucks over 27,000 pounds to be equipped with a speed limiter. However, implementation of the rule has been delayed several times.
According to the FMCSA and NHTSA, the addition of speed limiters on commercial trucks would make the roads safer for all drivers. However, not everyone believes that this will have the desired effect.