November 29, 2011
Each year 265,000 people in the United States lose at least one day of work time because of non-fatal injuries from slips, trips and falls, according to the National Safety Council.Slips, trips and falls result in 17 percent of all non-fatal workplace injuries per year, the highest injury rate of any regulated activity. They are also the second leading cause of injury and death in the utility and construction industry. Slips, trips and falls can result in everything from mere embarrassment to pulled muscles.
Falls are usually divided into two areas – same level and from a height. Fermilab’s incident history tells us most of our falls are of the same-level variety.
By incorporating a few of these prevention steps in your safety plan, you can reduce the amount of slips, trips and falls at your location.
- Be aware of current weather conditions and how it could affect walking surfaces.
- Scan ahead while walking to spot any hazards ahead.
- Remove hazards you encounter, or Maneuver carefully around the hazards.
- Keep your work area clean and free of clutter.
- Choose appropriate footwear to match your environment, especially in winter.
- Improve the lighting in your work area.
- Alert others of hazard by using cones or other barriers and notify your supervisor or safety officer immediately.
Inclemental weather presents the greatest challenge for avoiding falls. Take five! Slow down, keep a steady footing and watch where you step. In snowy and icy areas, shorten your stride to keep your center of balance.
via Fermilab Today.
November 27, 2011
Have yourself a wonderful a safe Thanksgiving!
November 19, 2011
Well, it is that time again to upgrade and with the coming new year, we have a new website… While it is now functional, we have a lot more in the Store for it… Simply stay tuned!!
November 12, 2011
It used to be that an owners and occupiers of a property had a duty to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition to prevent personal injury to occur. That is, the owner of the property had the duty to exercise reasonable care in making sure that conditions on his property where such that a reasonable person would not find them to be dangerous and would not end up harming and causing injuries to persons and property of those who would venture onto the property. That responsibility translated for example for the owner to make sure that a water well is fenced off, or that animals were properly fenced in and caged and such things to make sure people who are on the property would not be injured. Failure to follow the standard of care of course would be a civil offense and the owner would be open to a lawsuit should a person be victim of a personal injury as the result of the owner’s failure.
An exception however was carved in this duty for those who owned property and lived in a place, like Chicago, where the snow is a series problem. This exception provided for an immunity for the owners of a property from lawsuits in a case where they attempted to clean up the snow from their property–but they did so in a less than ideal manner. The philosophy was that it was better for the owners to clean up the sidewalks and driveways–albeit not perfectly–than not doing it at all.
Things are now being taken up a notch or two:
Chicagoans who neglect to shovel their snow-covered sidewalks this winter could be in for a big surprise — a warning notice, followed by a ticket — if an influential alderman has his way.After watching the Department of Streets and Sanitation showcase its “mobile electronic ticketing,” Ald. Tom Tunney 44th, chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development, suggested Wednesday that the Blackberry technology be used to crack down on a chronic winter violation that endangers and infuriates pedestrians.
SO now we have a shift from a civil offense to a criminal offense where the State will fine you if you do not clean up. What will this do the exception provided under the law is unclear.
November 10, 2011
One would wonder why it took so long to come to the conclusion that bumper pads in cribs were dangerous and should not be used. The American Academy of Pediatrics has finally issued a warning that bumper pads should not be used in cribs because they can cause personal injury and/or death by causing suffocation of the baby in the crib–and it turns out that there is no solid evidence that they prevent any sort of injuries anyhow.
“We weighed the pros and cons and the evidence, and felt that the safest thing would be to keep bumpers out of the crib altogether,” said Dr. Fern R. Hauck, a member of the academy’s SIDS task force and a professor of family medicine at the University of Virginia. Investigations by the Tribune this year and last year found that federal regulators with the Consumer Product Safety Commission have gotten reports for years of babies suffocating against bumper pads, yet they have failed to warn parents or investigate all the deaths.
The regulators have hesitated to take a stance on the safety of bumper pads, saying they are trying to determine if there is a scientific link between bumper pads and suffocation, or if blankets, pillows or medical issues played a primary role in the babies’ deaths.
In response to the Tribune’s stories, the city of Chicago and state of Maryland recently prohibited sales of crib bumpers, often packaged as part of bedding sets.
November 9, 2011
I know–I don’t usually get into politics on this blog but this, I thought, was important on many levels and so I am passing it on. Take from it what you feel like and if it does motivate you wither way, all the better. We are in it together!
November 8, 2011
In 2006, Dr. Howard Marcus wrote that Texas’ 2003 tort reform statute sparked an “amazing turnaround” in which doctors came to Texas in droves, instead of leaving the state as they had before. He was doubly wrong. Texas neither lost doctors before 2003 nor gained them especially quickly in subsequent years. In fact, according to statistics published by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), the supply of active, direct patient care (DPC) doctors per capita grew faster from 1996 to 2002 than at any time after 2003. If the pre-reform growth rate had simply continued, Texas would have seven more DPC doctors per 100,000 residents than it does today.
Not only did pre-reform Texas outpace post-reform Texas; in the post-reform period Texas fell farther behind the average U.S. state. In 2002, Texas had 61 fewer DPC physicians per 100,000 residents than the average state. In 2010, Texas lagged the average state by a whopping 76.5 doctors per 100,000 residents, according to data published by the American Medical Association (AMA). Texas’ downward slide is also accelerating, meaning that Texas is falling behind the average state both farther and faster each year.
November 6, 2011
Daylight Saving: Turn Your Clocks Back!!!