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August 2016 Archives

OSHA tells employers to protect workers from Zika virus

New Jersey residents may have read in the news that the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been found in the United States. Since cases have been confirmed in the U.S., employers who manage outdoor jobs have been advised to take actions to prevent the spread of Zika in their employees.

The dangers of strollers in New Jersey

A research team from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital say that strollers and child carriers cause about two injuries every hour in the United States. These figures were based on a government study that showed that 361,000 children under the age of 5 were injured between 1990 and 2010. A large number of those children suffered traumatic brain injuries.

New Jersey accident sends 6 to hospital

Police in New Jersey say that a moment of impatience or distraction likely led to a collision involving four vehicles, including a semi-tractor trailer, that sent six people to the hospital on the evening of Aug. 12. The accident took place on Washington Avenue near MetLife Stadium in Carlsbad at approximately 7:45 p.m. Initial reports indicate that no charges were filed against any of the drivers involved, but police pointed out that their investigation was ongoing.

Report says drowsy driving is a serious danger

New Jersey motorists are likely aware of the dangers of distracted and drunk driving, but many people are not aware that another type of impaired driving is presenting a serious danger to people across the country. Driving without enough sleep, called drowsy driving, was responsible for an estimated 5,000 deaths in 2015, according to a July 2016 report.

Driver says Tesla X autopilot prevented accident

New Jersey residents have likely heard about Tesla Motors, a car company that manufactures fully-electric cars that have autopilot features. However, the hype around these vehicles has been paired with news of several accidents that are being blamed on the autopilot software.

Handling mold exposure

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, exposure to mold can result in health issues such as asthma and other respiratory infections. Mold is common in buildings and New Jersey and around the country that are prone to humidity or water leaks or that may have been flooded in the recent past. Employers are urged to take employee reports of mold sightings or suspicious odors seriously. They are also urged to inspect for mold growth and clean any surfaces that may have mold on them.

Dangers of distracted driving highlighted by popular game

New Jersey residents may be shocked to learn just how widespread the problem of distracted driving is. While this issue is often associated with younger drivers, a study of motorists of all ages conducted by the National Safety Council found that 74 percent of those polled admitted to using Facebook while behind the wheel. Even more alarming was that more than a third of the drivers surveyed by the nonprofit safety organization said they had watched videos on YouTube while driving.

Legal remedies for food poisoning

Many New Jersey residents have come down with food poisoning at some point in their life. It is an illness that is caused by food that has been contaminated with a virus or bacteria. The symptoms can include nausea, fever, vomiting and a headache. These symptoms usually begin a few hours after eating contaminated food and last up to two days.

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