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Agent blows the whistle on dangerous training site

Even in retirement, this former Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) agent is pushing for a South Carolina training site to be probed for potential health hazards. According to the March 11 news, he wants to see a deeper investigation that would look into the number of health hazards law enforcement officers ended up exposed to during a tactical training course they took in a local copper factory.

The FBI veteran states that when he raised concerns about the amount of toxic chemicals, lack of running water and mold at the site, he faced retaliation. He retired in September after a 21-year career with the FBI.

Reporting injuries helps keep workplaces safer, so you stay safer

Workplace accidents happen all the time, but many of them are avoidable. Imagine if placing a single guardrail could prevent someone from falling into a piece of machinery or if a sign could alert someone to danger. Just changing one thing in the workplace could be the difference between life, death or serious injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that 10,388 severe injuries took place in workplaces across America in 2015. Many of these injuries led to amputations, taking some people out of the workforce completely. Their reports show that around 2,644 amputations took place in 2015 alone.

Amtrak will likely pay out for latest crash

If you recall the recent news, you may remember an Amtrak train that collided with a freight train parked on the tracks in South Carolina in early February. This train crashed as a result of being routed incorrectly, but still, Amtrak is facing scrutiny.

According to the news from Feb. 11, Amtrak will likely end up paying for the victims' legal claims despite not likely being entirely at fault. It's believed that a CSX railway crew rerouted the train incorrectly, causing the crash.

Slip-and-fall accidents can harm nursing home residents

Although you probably think of nursing home accidents as problems with getting the wrong medications or injuries as a result of falling on the way to the restroom or getting out of bed, the truth is that slip-and-fall accidents happen everywhere in these facilities. From front entryways where residents and family members visit to cafeterias where food was left to make the floors slick, there are dozens of risks to anyone living at or visiting the facility.

There are some specific things you should look for to see if the facility is being negligent with the care of its property. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for.

Drivers: Beware of pedestrians to prevent injuries and deaths

Pedestrians are in a difficult position. When they're on the roads, they typically have the right of way. They also have no protection against vehicles. As a result, even if they are in the right, a traffic accident can cause serious or fatal injuries.

In 2013, there were 4,735 people killed in traffic accidents. Another 150,000 people had to be treated for medical concerns following accidents. Thanks to a lack of safety protection, pedestrians are more likely to die in crashes with vehicles than those in the vehicles themselves.

Recognizing elder abuse is vital to protecting your loved one

Identifying elder abuse is the first step to stopping it. Elder abuse isn't always easy to identify. Sometimes, the elderly are unable to communicate about the abuse. Other times, they don't want to reach out to others for help or to feel like a burden.

When an elderly person goes into nursing care, he or she requires care from professionals. Those professionals should be offering high-level care, providing services, attention and assistance to those asking for it. Not following through on tasks could mean leaving an elderly person without help getting to the restroom or missing a dose of an important medication.

Cancer could develop after exposure to chemicals

You've worked in the industrial sector your entire life. Yes, you've come into contact with some dangerous chemicals during that time. You're familiar with some of the risks in the workplace today, but you didn't always know as much as you do now.

In some jobs, there's a risk of developing cancer due to exposure to chemicals or materials. Approximately 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer yearly, and that number is only expected to grow with time. In many cases, these people are developing cancer in relationship to a job they once had. Some people haven't worked for many years when they discover the damage has already been done.

22-year-old man killed in highway accident on Interstate 85

Traffic accidents are common, and it's not unusual to see vehicles on the side of the road with rescue workers working hard at the scene. It's a tragedy that people focus on things other than the drive when they're behind the wheel; it puts them and others at danger.

Many crashes could be avoided if drivers chose to be safer. Take, for example, this crash that cost the life of a young man and injured a Miss Upstate representative. The couple had been driving on Interstate 85 in Georgia when they were struck.

What should the air quality be like at work?

Indoor air quality is of the utmost importance in work environments. When there is poor air quality inside a workplace, employees could suffer from illnesses or diseases as a result.

Indoor air quality doesn't just refer to the number of toxic chemicals or particles in the air. The quality of the air also depends on things like the overall temperature of the environment, the presence of mold or chemicals, humidity or a lack of ventilation.

Multiple people hurt when pickup hits local hayride

Imagine going out on Halloween night to enjoy a local hayride. You and your kids pile into the ride, not worried about a thing. Then, out of nowhere, a vehicle collides with you. Everyone is thrown from the trailer, and now the once enjoyable night has become the scene of an emergency.

That is what happened in this case. In a horrifying 911 call, the authorities were alerted to a crash involving a pickup truck and hayride. The news from Oct. 31 states that the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the crash, which happened close to the Malphrus Road intersection on Tarboro Road.

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