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June 2017 Archives

Nuclear safety questioned at major laboratory

New Jersey workers might be keeping their eyes on troubling reports of safety lapses at a major United States nuclear facility. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the atomic bomb, has had a number of safety lapses and concerning incidents over a period of years.

Some dental practices failing to plan for bloodborne exposure

Some people who work in New Jersey dental offices might be vulnerable to exposure to bloodborne pathogens according to a survey by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. The survey collected answers from more than 1,000 dental hygienists, dentists and staff at private dental practices around the country regarding protocol around bloodborne pathogens.

When an ankle injury is the result of a slip-and-fall accident

When slip-and-fall accidents occur, ankles can especially be at risk. An ankle injury is likely because of the way a person tends to land on the foot when trying to avoid falling after tripping or sliding. Coming down hard on the foot can turn the ankle, and the result couple be a fracture, strain or sprain, or torn ligaments or tendons.

Why you should think twice before letting your child mow the lawn

The grass is growing rapidly, and the children are looking for something to do - why not let them take the lawn mower out for a spin? Not so fast. New research suggests that parents should think twice before letting their children use lawn mowers - and before using a lawn mower when young children are nearby.

Responsibility in a bus accident

If a person is in a bus accident in New Jersey several different entities might be responsible. Since a bus is what is known as a "common carrier", it is held to a high standard of safety just like other common carriers such as planes, cabs and cruise ships. In general, a legal standard of "reasonableness" is applied when determining liability. This means that while a bus driver who is unsafe might be held responsible in case of an accident, if the bus is hit by a drunk driver, the bus driver is unlikely to be liable.

New CDL rule now in effect

New Jersey truck drivers who get their commercial drivers licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020 will be required to abide by new training rules. The rule went into effect on June 5, and carriers and other stakeholders must also be in full compliance with it by February 2020. Drivers must take behind-the-wheel training to get their license, and trainers must be part of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration registry.

What injured workers should know after being hurt

Workers in New Jersey and elsewhere around the country have the right to the proper training and equipment for safely carrying out their jobs. Employers are generally obligated to take other reasonable steps to ensure worker safety on the job. Despite these efforts, workers still get in accidents that sometimes cause injuries. In some cases, it may not be possible to prove who was at fault.

Nesting eases burden on children during a divorce

Many children of divorced New Jersey couples live in a shared custody arrangement that involves them moving back and forth between the homes of their parents. To reduce the disruption, a strategy called nesting has attracted the attention of some parents willing to try something different, at least in the short term.

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