Last week, a frightening truck accident on the Bay Bridge claimed the life of a 70-year-old Maryland man. Harry Blauvelt was a long-time golf writer for USA Today before retiring to Chester, Maryland. Like many residents on Kent Island, he was dependent on the Bay Bridge and had expressed concerns over the safety of bridge.
Despite improvements in workplace safety, workplace accidents continue to be a serious concern in Maryland and across the country. On average, four million Americans are injured on the job each year and over 500 people are killed in workplace accidents. Lapses in safety and a lack of safe procedures, especially in situations involving heavy equipment and machinery, are among the most common causes of serious injury and death in the workplace. Accidental workplace deaths are almost always preventable.
Many medical malpractice cases are inextricably connected to errors made in a hospital. While there has been progress made in the safety of treatment patient's receive in Maryland hospitals and in hospitals across the U.S., recent studies indicate that hospital errors are occurring at an alarming rate. The frequency of hospital errors could be as much as 10 times higher than previously believed.
Unfortunately, Maryland workers who work around heavy equipment and vehicles are especially vulnerable to workplace injuries. Injuries can result from accidents as well as equipment failure.
A tragic car accident occurred in a residential driveway in Laurel, Maryland, in late March. A mother pulled into the driveway of a babysitter to drop her children off shortly before 9 a.m. When she got out of the car, the vehicle began rolling backward down the driveway where the woman's young son was standing. Running to get him out of the path of the car, she was struck by the open driver's door and fell underneath the vehicle. Her 3-month-old daughter was still in her arms when the car rolled over all three of them.
As of 2007, there were over 500 dairy farms in operation Maryland with more than 200,000 acres devoted to dairy farms. Agricultural employment has long been considered one of the most dangerous types of employment and workplace injuries are common in agricultural settings. Because of the nature of work on dairy farms, dairy farm workers are especially vulnerable to injuries caused by machinery and livestock.
Every day, people in Maryland and across the country rely on medical products to be effective and clean. When medical products are contaminated with dangerous bacteria, these defective products can cause serious illness and death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the government agency tasked with protecting the public from dangerous drugs and medical products and the agency has the authority to seize tainted or dangerous products in order to safeguard the public health.
Auto safety experts are growing increasingly concerned about the risks associated with distracted driving. Potential distractions for drivers have been popping up more and more as we have seen an increase in the amount of electronic devices that drivers have access to while they drive. Distracted driving can be dangerous even in good road conditions. However, as the spring and summer construction season begins on Maryland highways, distracted driving can be even more dangerous.
Ergonomics experts state that many employees are injured at work and commonly receive slight to severe pain because of their jobs. Arms, back, neck, shoulders and wrists are most commonly in pain due to work-related activities. Health care professionals believe individuals should seek care if pain persists for at least three days.