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January 2019 Archives

Traumatic brain injuries impact the entire family of the victim

Most physical injuries primarily only affect the person who suffers them. For example, when someone breaks an arm, most of their daily life will remain the same. The people around them likely won't experience many, if any, consequences related to that injury. Even though recovery will take some time, the person with the injury can continue to live the same life, for the most part.

How truck drivers may prevent shoulder injuries

More than 70,000 workers each year suffer a shoulder injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those victims may be hardworking New Jersey truck drivers. Landing gear cranking, a common task for truckers, can lead to shoulder ailments. However, research published Oct. 3 in the journal Applied Ergonomics offers cranking techniques that could help truckers stay injury-free while lifting and lowering trailers.

Family of drunk driving victim sues bar that served driver

The death of a 20-year-old man who attended The College of New Jersey has prompted his family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Landmark Americana Tap & Grill. The campus sports bar allegedly served a drunk driver shortly before he caused a deadly crash on Route 31.

Trucker may be to blame for chain-reaction crash in Florida

It can be dangerous to drive around semi-trucks in New Jersey or any other state in America. One recently tragic case in Florida illustrates this. In early January 2019, a semi-truck on I-75 near Gainesville suddenly moved left from the right lane, crashing into a 2007 Honda sedan that was in its path. Why the driver, a 59-year-old man, did this is still unknown.

Surgical errors increase when doctors experience stress

Stress can negatively impact how well surgeons in New Jersey perform. Even minor stressors can have a deleterious impact on surgical performance and might lead to medical mistakes. It is important for surgeons to take steps to reduce their stress and for hospitals to make changes to operating rooms so that they have fewer situations that produce it.

Injuries at work may lead to "permanent partial disability"

Workers' compensation law is incredibly complex, in no small part because similar injuries can have different consequences for different individuals. What leaves one person permanently disabled because of their profession or other factors may not prevent someone else from continuing their career. Instead of paying the same benefits regardless of the situation, New Jersey's workers' compensation program prefers to analyze each case on an individual basis.

Most common OSHA violations for printing in 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its 2018 list of the most frequent workplace safety violations. The list, which covers the fiscal year from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, includes recorded violations from a number of different industry segments in New Jersey and across the country. In the printing industry, the most common violations were hazard communication failures, lockout/tag-out procedure failures and machine guard violations.

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