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June 2017 Archives

Brain networks and brain injuries

Pennsylvania residents who have suffered brain injuries may be interested in the results of a recently published study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. The results indicated that focusing on the network of activity in the brain instead of individual regions could provide information about why certain brain injuries are worse than others.

Safety issues at U.S. nuclear weapons lab

Many Pennsylvania workers face on-the-job hazards, but these threats might pale in comparison to the problems cited by critics of the nation's plutonium processing facilities. The Center for Public Integrity has published a series of reports about safety problems identified by federal regulators at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This information has worried the National Nuclear Security Administration and a congressional delegation tasked with overseeing the modernization of the country's nuclear weapons program.

Steps to take after being involved in a car crash

When someone gets into a car accident that was caused by a negligent, drunk or unsafe driver, it can be difficult for him or her to know what to do in such a high-stress situation. However, individuals who get into auto accidents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the country need to take certain steps to protect their interests.

OSHA releases fact sheet dealing with shipyard hazards

Fires and explosions caused by flammable coatings and paints and illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemical compounds are significant on-the-job dangers faced by shipyard workers in Pennsylvania and around the country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The federal agency says that shipyard workers face particularly high risks because they are often called upon to apply potentially dangerous paints and other materials in poorly ventilated confined spaces.

How a workplace might document an accident

Employees in Pennsylvania who have been injured on the job may wonder what kind of documentation could help them prove the circumstances around an injury. Companies should have an accident book that documents even minor injuries. Documentation should include what steps were taken when the injury occurred, such as whether the injured worker was given first aid.

New rule rolled out after delay

After delays brought on by the Trump administration, a new rule that impacts new drivers took effect on June 5. The rule requires truckers in Pennsylvania and around the country who receive their CDL on or after Feb. 7, 2020 to take behind-the-wheel training. However, there is no minimum number of hours of such training needed to get a license. This is a point of contention as original drafts of the rule required at least 30 hours of such training.

Tips for workplace safety

Employers in Pennsylvania can take a number of steps to make their workplaces safer for their employees. The first important thing they should do is perform risk assessments to identify potential hazards. It is important to keep in mind that this does not just mean assessing physical risk. Workplaces that do not have significant physical hazards should still promote environments that are conducive to employees' mental health. This means that in an office where workers are largely sedentary, employers should still consider how people relate to one another and how that affects workplace safety.

Study shows brain injury patients should seek follow-up care

Pennsylvania patients who have had a mild traumatic brain injury may be interested to learn that an estimated 30 percent of sufferers experience outcomes that are unfavorable at the sixth-month mark following an injury. However, the associated study did not differentiate between patients who were hospitalized or not hospitalized. As such, researchers set out to determine if there were differences in the outcomes between hospitalized and non-hospitalized mild traumatic brain injury sufferers.