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Office hazards: A potentially dangerous environment

Even though an office seems like safe environment, there are still some hazards that could lead to you suffering serious injuries. Yes, some parts of an office-based life are more comfortable than working in construction or industry, but in some ways, an office is just as dangerous.

Take for example the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. These are the most common incidents in offices, and they account for the greatest number of injuries overall. Other common office-related work hazards include poor ergonomics, random acts of violence, electrical hazards, air-quality problems and poor lighting. Each of these hazards creates risks that could put you in danger.

Woman files lawsuit after nursing home misses infected wound

Nursing homes have an obligation to keep their patients safe. When they do not, they're violating more than just the promises they've made to families. They're violating the law.

Take, for example, this case involving a man who passed away in May 2015. He had fallen and had to be fitted with a halo vest to support a fractured neck. He complained that his skin was stinging and burning under the vest. The 68-year-old man later went into septic shock after being rushed to the hospital due to brown drainage on the vest. It was discovered that he had an infected wound under the vest, one that would have been seen if anyone had cleaned under the vest while he was at the nursing home.

Is distracted driving very dangerous?

You may not believe that distracted driving is very dangerous, but it can become a life-threatening risk in just moments. As of April 1, 2018, 189 people have been killed as a result of distracted driving in South Carolina. The good news about this is that it's 59 fewer deaths than the same time in 2017, when a total of 248 people had died.

South Carolina is believed to have some of the most dangerous roads in America. Approximately 10 people are killed each day in America because of distracted driving, and approximately 60 deaths of the 248 that took place by April of 2017 were attributed to distractions as well.

Using social media the right way to avoid nursing home abuse

It can be fun to use social media to share your life with others. It's important, though, to realize that what you share isn't always legal or allowed. For instance, if you are working at a nursing home and want to share a picture of a resident, it's not legal to post a picture of the resident without permission.

If a nursing home wants to share information about your loved one, it needs to speak with your loved one or you directly, depending on who has the right to decide. For instance, if your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it may not be appropriate for the nursing home to ask for his or her approval to be on social media. The nursing home should provide a written release that you can sign, or refuse, at your discretion.

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.

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