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September 2016 Archives

OSHA touts severe injury reporting program success

In September 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a review of injury reporting requirements that it instituted in January 2015. At the time, the new rules marked a departure from prior standards because they mandated that employers needed to notify OSHA of certain work injuries within 24 hours of their occurrence. The severe injury categories that required reporting included incidents like amputations, eye losses and inpatient hospital admissions.

Electrical stimulation could help brain injury patients

According to a study, a technique called deep brain stimulation could help people with traumatic brain injuries recover some independence. The research, which was published in the journal Neurosurgery, could improve outcomes for TBI patients in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Proposed sleep apnea testing controversial

A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania that was sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identified obstructive sleep apnea in 28 percent of the commercial truck drivers tested by researchers. This respiratory problem creates airway blockages that disturb the sleep of people who suffer from it. The resulting poor sleep quality can impair people when they are awake and make them inattentive.

Companies in the process of growth must reexamine safety policies

Pennsylvania business owners know employee safety issues become more complex as their company grows. As staff multiplies and demand goes up, a company must continuously assess workplace safety strategies to ensure they are promoting a culture of safety in the work environment. According to experts, there are several things human resources departments should keep in mind when refining workplace safety policies.

Brain injuries caused by domestic violence often go undetected

Pennsylvania residents who have been physically abused by a spouse may be interested to learn that domestic violence can often result in traumatic brain injuries. Those who suffer repeated head injuries are at risk for complications, such as memory loss, headaches and episodes of confusion.

The FMCSA upholds break requirement

In response to a petition filed last year by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to rescind the 30-minute break requirement, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has touted the safety advantages of the rule for long-haul operators. The agency noted the information collected from 2013 to 2015 pertaining to the effectiveness of the break is evidence enough to sustain the requirement. Pennsylvania motorists may be interested to know the safety measures the federal government is instituting to make highways and roads safe.

NHTSA report shows surge in traffic accident deaths

Cheaper gas, more jobs and an economy that continues to grow after years of recession have led to a surge in the number of road users. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the roads in Pennsylvania and other states were busier in 2015 than they were in 2014. More traffic means more accidents, and a report from the federal safety agency released on Aug. 29 reveals that 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. This represents a 7.2 percent increase over 2014 figures.