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May 2017 Archives

Report examines vehicles with most and fewest driver deaths

New Jersey motorists who drive pickup trucks, SUVs or minivans might be safer than drivers in other types of vehicles according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The report found that on average, from 2011 to 2014, there were 30 driver deaths for every million vehicle registrations. However, for pickups, that number dropped to 26. SUVs had 21 driver deaths and minivans had 19. The highest fatality rate for drivers was in passenger cars at 39.

Difficulties for multiple sclerosis patients

According to a survey conducted in early 2017, sufferers of multiple sclerosis in New Jersey and the rest of the nation are often misdiagnosed and receive inadequate treatment. The survey, which received responses from approximately 5,300 patients, also determined that pain and fatigue are the two symptoms that significantly affect the quality of their lives.

Power-line incident draws attention to potential risk

New Jersey workers may want to know about a 'close call alert' that was issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration earlier in 2017. According to reports, a tractor-trailer failed to keep clear of an overhead power line during operations. Although the contact did not result in any injuries in this particular situation, it caused significant property damage and exposed at least one worker on the site to the possibility of electrocution. The recommended amount of clearance between work equipment and high-voltage power lines is 10 feet.

Did you work with asbestos and now have a cancer diagnosis?

Sometimes, medical science doesn't recognize the danger of certain substances until there are a number of illnesses related to it. It was true of tobacco and cigarette additives, and it was also true of the popular mineral product asbestos. Asbestos was used in cement, plastics, insulation, brake shoes and ceiling or floor tiles, to name some of the most common applications. Many people who worked with older automobiles, performed house remodels and similar work or worked in locations that used asbestos to make products have developed cancers as a result of prolonged exposure to asbestos.

Robotic equipment creates workplace safety challenges

As robots become more common in manufacturing environments in New Jersey, the likelihood of worker injuries could rise. Although manufacturers make extensive efforts to design safe systems, the risk of injury persists. The co-president of a robot manufacturing company said that accidents tend to happen when a robot is being programmed for new tasks or if it breaks down and troubleshooting and repairs need to be performed.

Judge rules against federal government

New Jersey residents may have heard about a court decision that ordered the federal government to pay $41.6 for a botched forceps delivery. The clinic was federally-funded, and the baby had brain damage as a result of negligent forceps use by a obstetrician employed there. A Pennsylvania judge was able to reach this verdict because of a medical malpractice waiver in the Federal Tort Claims Act.

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