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Eye injuries are more common than workers think

Slips and falls, muscle strains and fractures are just a few of the most common work injuries. Injuries to a worker's eyes do not fall on this list.

So, not many workers worry about their eyes on the job. For example, a construction worker likely worries much more about falling and potentially breaking a bone than they do about their eyes. Yet, work injuries that affect the eyes are more common than many workers might wish to believe.

When do most car accidents happen?

During the holidays, police reports and news anchors alike warn drivers to be careful, since the number of car accidents increases significantly around that time of year. It is true that in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, both the rates of drunk driving and car accidents overall spike substantially.

This might leave many people wondering: what about the rest of the year? Aside from the holidays, when do the risks of being involved in a car accident increase?

Are slips and falls on ice covered by workers' compensation?

At the end of 2019, CNBC reported on new data that indicated what the most dangerous jobs were in the country. These jobs included roofers, refuse and recycle collectors and construction workers. It seemed that almost every other job on the list involved a significant amount of outdoor work.

Working out in the elements, where the work environment could constantly change, can easily increase the risk that workers face. This particular risk might lead many workers to wonder if injuries resulting from these conditions are covered by workers' compensation - especially with the cold weather and slippery conditions we have during the winter.

Take great care when driving near semi-trucks

Sharing the road with large trucks is a fact of life for any driver on Maryland roads. Even though there is no way to avoid sharing the road with these large vehicles, it can still be nerve-wracking - and dangerous - to drive with them.

Accidents involving trucks are almost always worse for drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2017, 4,671 people were killed in truck accidents, and 72% of these fatalities were the drivers or passengers in the other vehicle.

Warehouse workers: Tips to stay safe on the job

In our last blog post, we discussed the new injury risks and safety hazards that warehouse workers could face in 2020. The addition of advanced technology and artificial intelligence will change the environment of warehouses and many other workplaces across the nation as we move forward into the future.

As we mentioned in the last post, workers must speak with their employers about obtaining the proper training to avoid workplace accidents and injuries, but warehouse workers should also take measures to protect themselves on the job and reduce their personal risk of injury.

Warehouse work is changing, and so are the hazards

As we welcome a new year, it is only natural to look back and see how far we have come and how much things have changed. For example, the progress of technology has certainly changed the lives of individuals as well as workplaces across the country.

Industrial and warehouse jobs may have changed the most. With the rise of online retailers as well as the addition of artificial intelligence within the workplace, industrial workers have faced a constantly changing landscape.

Could cameras stop distracted driving?

It is no secret that distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving results in an average of 1,000 injuries each day across the country.

Now, Maryland lawmakers are contemplating a new strategy to curb distracted driving that, so far, only Australia has adopted.

2020 could bring new trends in workplace safety

One of the most important factors in reducing work-related injuries is increasing the standards of workplace safety. For example, as we discussed in a past blog post, simply wearing the proper industrial gloves is a safety measure that can help reduce the chance of injury significantly.

Workplace injuries can cause Maryland workers considerable physical, emotional and financial stress. However, new campaigns and trends for workplace safety could help to reduce the risks workers face on the job long before they even face such stress.

Drivers: Make road safety a priority this winter

Every driver knows that the weather can play a huge role in their safety when they are out on the road. It is one of the primary factors that can affect the severity of car crashes, along with drunk driving, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.

Bad weather also seems to make reckless drivers even more dangerous. Maryland's winters are always filled with bad weather which only increases the chance of catastrophic accidents. That is why drivers must ensure they are taking extra precautions this winter to stay safe on the roads.

Amazon under fire again for putting workers at risk

In a past blog post, we discussed how the risk of work injuries spikes significantly in Amazon warehouses during busy retail seasons, such as Amazon's Prime Day or the recent Black Friday sale event.

The holiday shopping season is certainly a factor that could increase the risk of employees suffering serious injuries on the job. However, it seems that Amazon employees are suffering a high rate of injuries year-round.

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