Could Smartphones Make Workplaces Safer?

Could Smartphones Make Workplaces Safer?

Being hurt on the job is a risk many people take every day. Actual workplace injury is a nightmare for the person injured as well as for the employer. Often, a relatively small change in process or procedure can make a significant difference in preventing injury — and have the added benefit of increasing workplace productivity. Storing hazardous chemicals in a locked closet, for example, instead of out in...
Parents Should Be Wary of Inflatable Beds

Parents Should Be Wary of Inflatable Beds

With a price tag starting around $20, inflatable beds can be found in many homes today. They take up minimal room when deflated, and serve as comfortable, easy-to-prepare arrangements for guests, kids’ sleepovers, or family movie night. Some people are even choosing to use inflatable mattresses as their everyday beds. They are especially popular with low-income families who have had to find creative and/or inexpensive alternatives to traditional mattresses...
Consequences of Transportation Worker Fatigue

Consequences of Transportation Worker Fatigue

Sleep. One of those necessities of life that is in short supply for most of us. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls insufficient sleep a “public health problem.” While it is recommended that people over age 18 get at least 7 hours of sleep each night for optimal well-being, as much as 35 percent of U.S. adults are not hitting that mark. Lack of sleep...
June 12 – 18: National Safe + Sound Week

June 12 – 18: National Safe + Sound Week

Everyone cares about safety, but it’s not something most people spend much time pondering. We typically just expect to be safe — and are then surprised when we get hurt. Injuries at work are a perfect example. We step across that frayed carpet everyday without giving it a second thought, use that wobbly banister, walk past that tall stack of boxes that no one’s found time to unpack. If...
Georgia: Home of the Seventh Most Distracted Drivers in the U.S.

Georgia: Home of the Seventh Most Distracted Drivers in the U.S.

Before the cell phone, how many times in life did you wish you had one? That time your car broke down on I-85, maybe? What about all those times you wished you could tell your family, friends, or coworkers that you were running late? Don’t forget about the business trips full of downtime spent in shuttles, cars, and airports, feeling like you would be able to get so much...
Talk with Your Teen Driver About the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Talk with Your Teen Driver About the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Marking the beginning of summer, Memorial Day this year is on May 29. The somber message behind this holiday of remembering those who have died in military service is often lost amid the barbeques and swimming pool advertisements. Another serious and overlooked fact about this day is that it starts a period known as the “100 Deadliest Days.” Never heard of it? If you are the parent of a...
Why We Need to Strengthen Workers’ Comp in the U.S.

Why We Need to Strengthen Workers’ Comp in the U.S.

Workers in the United States are guaranteed the right to a safe workplace. It is one of the many rights we have as Americans; yet, for many of us, it seems like a right that doesn’t have the same strength as it once did. Of course, accidents do happen, even those in the workplace, but most accidents are also preventable. So many workplace injuries occur because an employer or...
Accidents and Dangerous Occupations

Accidents and Dangerous Occupations

We’ve all heard the phrase “accidents happen,” but there’s a prevailing line of reasoning that they don’t simply occur. Rather, they are “made.” The cause can almost always be traced to someone who dropped the ball and that prior event (or events) produces the accident. Whenever someone does something they should not have done or fails to do something they should have done, the result can lead to a...
Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

One of the cornerstones of civilized society, laws keep anarchy in check by establishing guidelines for what people can and cannot do. Outlining acceptable behavior contributes to a cohesive society and promotes public welfare. Legislation is a key player in traffic safety, yet a recent report reveals that more than 375 laws are needed across the U.S. in order to address the country’s piecemeal safety agenda. Published by the...
Can a TBI Cause Dementia?

Can a TBI Cause Dementia?

The brain is a fascinating structure, the complexities of which science continues to explore. “The boss of the body,” it’s the control center for thinking, emotions, perception, learning, language, remembering, and more. Damage to this essential organ can result in an assortment of physical and psychological problems. When a sudden bump, blow, or jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s functions, it is defined by the Centers for Disease...