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June 2017 Archives

Steps to take after an auto accident

Whether or not West Virginia motorists are at fault in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that they are aware that there are certain things they should do in its aftermath. For those who are not at fault, these steps can help safeguard their rights if the at-fault party flees the scene of the accident, provides an account of the accident that is false or neglects to report the accident to the police or the insurance company.

Symptoms of concussions

West Virginia residents could suffer a brain injury, such as a concussion, if they become involved in a car accident or other traumatic event. While most people generally recover well from these types of injuries, others live with the symptoms for several days, weeks or longer if the injury was serious.

OSHA and NIOSH release heat safety smartphone application

Workers in West Virginia and around the country who perform their duties outdoors face additional hazards during the summer months. Heat-related conditions claimed the lives of 16 American workers in 2014 according to figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the federal safety agency says that most of these deaths could have been prevented. OSHA has taken steps to address the problem by collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop a heat safety smartphone application for employers.

Is your former employer ruining your chances for a new job?

Imagine working for the same company for years. You very rarely took a sick day, and your vacation time was almost untouched. You followed the rules and performed your duties to the utmost of your abilities. You always expected the company to show you the same loyalty that you had shown it over the years.

Recent mine accident claims the life of Boone area worker

People who live and work in West Virginia understand how dangerous the world of coal mining can be. Workers can easily be severely injured or even killed in a number of ways. The work involves big machinery, which can be dangerous. There's also the potential for a cave-in, toxic gases or injury from someone else's tool. While safety precautions are required, including protective head gear and training for heavy machinery operation, accidents still happen with alarming frequency. Most recently, a worker at a coal mine in Boone County on Tuesday, June 13 claimed the life of a worker.

New device could help detect head injuries

West Virginia residents may be interested to hear about a device called EyeBOXCNS. It has been shown to quickly and accurately detect abnormalities in the brain caused by concussions or other head injuries by measuring elevated levels of intracranial pressure. This is done in a non-invasive manner as opposed to the traditional method of drilling a hole in the skull.

More carriers may screen truckers for sleep apnea

The commercial trucking industry may be gearing up for increased sleep apnea screening following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in April to not hear an appeal concerning this matter. Brought by a driver, the lawsuit claimed that requiring truckers to undergo sleep apnea testing because they have a body mass index of 35 or higher violates their rights under the American with Disabilities Act. Now that carriers may have less fear of being sued, the safety of motorists who share West Virginia roadways with truck drivers could be impacted by new regulatory developments moving forward.

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