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September 2016 Archives

40 percent of truck accidents linked to fatigue

Getting into a car wreck is always a stressful event, but an accident involving a commercial truck can be more than stressful - it can be catastrophic. The reason is based on simple physics. One vehicle weighs significantly more than the other, takes longer to stop and has more momentum when crashing into another vehicle. Passengers within the considerably smaller car can suffer from serious injuries when these two vehicles collide.

Workplace hearing loss is serious

Hearing loss on the job is a serious problem for millions of Americans, many of whom do not realize that the damage is being done until it is too late. The costs add up for everyone involved, too - in 2015, U.S. businesses paid out penalties of more than $1.5 million because of not protecting workers from damaging noise. Beyond that, workers' compensation benefits for hearing loss disabilities top $240 million each year across the country.

Noisy jobs equals good chances of a workplace injury

Those working in Tennessee industries such as mining, construction and even manufacturing may be used to working under noisy conditions, but do they realize the danger of hearing loss? While it has been reported as the workplace injury suffered most commonly by workers in the United States, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations guiding noise exposure safety are outdated. Now critics are calling on OHSA to update the regulations made back in the 1970s.

Dog attacks 3 people, 2 suffer serious injuries

A neighborhood is in shock after a brutal dog attack on three people by four dogs on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Two of the three victims had to be taken to a hospital in the area for treatment of their injuries. The dogs attacked a UPS delivery man first and then turned on those trying to save him. Tennessee dog owners need to take note of the attack and their legal responsibilities.

Family dogs still pose bite risks

Individuals can feel a lot of warmth and affection towards a family dog. It is important though for dog owners to not let such feelings lead them to make assumptions that could put their children or other children at risk of getting hurt.

Possible rise in workers' compensation claims in Tennessee

Tennessee employers and employees have been encouraged by the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration to focus on an awareness of safety at work. The call came after statistics for the period of January to July showed a sharp rise in work-related fatalities. This rise in fatal work-related accidents may lead to a rise in workers' compensation claims. The majority of these accidents were preventable.

Tennessee auto fatality levels among the nation’s highest

The good news is that traffic fatalities went down in Tennessee last year. Unfortunately, along with showing this decrease, recent federal statistics on U.S. traffic deaths in 2015 point to some other things that temper how encouraging this news is.

Increased horsepower leads to increase in car accidents

Ever since motorized vehicles have become an excepted mode of transport, car manufacturers have striven to make cars faster and more powerful. Faster cars lead to faster speed limits. It has also been established that increases in speed limits lead to drivers traveling at higher speeds. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) decided to look into the effect of increased horsepower on the speed at which motorist travel. The study pointed to a clear link between increased horsepower and higher travel speed increasing the chances of car accidents.

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