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How mirrors can keep workers safe

New York employees could suffer significant injury or pass away as a result of an accident at work. The loss in productivity as well as higher insurance rates may also be prices that employers pay after an accident. In some cases, even a near miss can result in serious injury to an employee. Therefore, employers need to do everything in their power to make workplace safety a top priority.

However, it is important to take the right type of safety measures to keep employees safe. For instance, the beeping noise a forklift makes could easily be drowned out in a busy warehouse. Safety mirrors and domes that are customized to meet the particular needs of a given workplace may be ideal for employers. They should be resistant to shattering as well as resistant to the weather for best results.

Older workers staying safe on the job

New York workplace safety professionals have to communicate with workers of all ages and have their messages about workplace safety understood. While it is important that the experts not rely on stereotypes to deliver effective messages, it is important that they take into account certain age-related trends.

There are the effects that aging has on an individual's physical ability and health that have to considered. Because many workers are remaining on the job well into their 70s, safety professionals have to develop policies that can reduce the chances that an injury will occur to older workers because they are not as healthy or physically fit as they used to be.

UTIs may not be diagnosed or treated properly

Antibiotics can help save the lives of New York patients. However, when they are misused, they can create harm for patients as well as decrease their effectiveness in the future. This may be especially true for those who live in a long-term care facility. Often, antibiotics are given to those who have been misdiagnosed as having a urinary tract infection, and they are among the most prescribed medications in nursing homes.

However, they may be prescribed incorrectly in as many as three out of four cases. The lack of proper treatment of UTIs and other bacterial infections may be the result of incorrect assumptions. This may result in the overuse of antibiotics and an unwillingness to change a course of treatment in the face of lab results. A tool created by the Pennsylvania Medical Directors Association may result in better treatment of UTIs and decrease the potential for bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.

The most likely places for vehicle accidents

Drivers in New York should know that there is no failsafe way to avoid getting in a motor vehicle accident. However, there is data that shows such accidents are more likely to occur at certain times and places.

While road trips present their own share of accident risks, drivers are more likely to get into an accident near their homes. In fact, motor vehicle accidents tend to occur no more than 25 miles from a driver's home. Factors such as the relaxation one experiences when driving in their neighborhood have a significant role in the accidents.

Most drivers believe texting while driving should be illegal

New York drivers may be interested to learn that, although the majority believe that distracted driving should be illegal, about one-third are still confident in their abilities to multitask while behind the wheel. According to a study by Progressive Insurance, there was a major difference in confidence levels between drivers of different ages and drivers of different genders.

The study found that 64 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 believed that using smartphones for either texting while driving or surfing the net was a common cause of accidents. Even so, 62 percent of the drivers in this age group were confident in their ability to text and drive. Comparatively, only 6 percent of drivers who were 55 or older were confident in their skills to text and drive. When the study took gender into consideration, 88 percent of men and 97 percent of women believed that texting and driving should be illegal; however, 21 percent of men and 11 percent of women were confident in their ability to text and drive safely.

Driving safely in the fall

Readers from the New York area may have some understandable concerns about driving in the fall. While fall can indeed be a beautiful time of year, there are also a number of potential hazards associated with the season that are worth knowing more about. Recognizing some of these challenges in advance is an important part of ensuring one's safety on the roads.

Weather conditions can be highly irregular in the fall, and rapidly changing temperatures can have a negative impact on tire pressure levels. For this reason, it's important to routinely monitor one's tires to avoid incurring unnecessary damage. In addition, frost may create slippery conditions that necessitate more cautious driving than usual. Being more careful when slowing for traffic lights and perhaps even leaving home a little earlier can be very beneficial in this time of year to help avoid car accidents.

How collision avoidance systems reduce injuries

Collision avoidance systems reduce the risk of injury accidents, but too few vehicles have them installed. These were among the findings of several different studies that examined 2015 data. Some of the drivers in New York and throughout the country who do have lane departure warning systems and blind spots alerts might also be turning off the alerts if they come in the form of a beep, which annoys some drivers, instead of a seat vibration.

The vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined data on cars with the safety systems installed and looked at more than 5,000 accidents. She found that in vehicles that had the safety systems, there were 11 percent fewer single-vehicle accidents or accidents caused by side swipes or head-on collisions. Injury accidents of this type were reduced by 21 percent. Studies of Volvos in Sweden and truck fleets in the United States found accident rates reduced by as much as 50 percent when lane departure warning systems were installed.

Symptoms of computer vision syndrome

The average American worker may spend up to seven hours a day looking at a computer. This can lead to computer vision syndrome that features symptoms such as eye strain, headaches and neck pain. In most cases, these will go away once an individual stops looking at a computer or other screen. However, some New York workers will experience long-term symptoms that may have an impact on their quality of life.

In most cases, CVS can be diagnosed as part of an eye exam. Those who have this condition may be advised to wear glasses or contact lenses that have tints or coatings on them to improve their vision. It may also be a good idea to ensure that a computer is 20 to 28 inches away from a person's eye to reduce the odds of eye or other discomfort.

Pipe repair technique could lead to dangerous toxic exposure

One popular method of pipe repair in New York and across the United States could potentially expose workers to dangerous chemical fumes, according to study results. Cured-in-place pipe repair, or CIPP, is an innovative method of repairing cracked or damaged plastic water and sewer pipes that is commonly used across the country.

The repair method involves inserting a fabric tube impregnated with plastic resins inside the damaged pipe. Once the fabric tube is in place, it is "cured" with an intensely hot substance like boiling water, pressurized steam or even a stream of ultraviolet light. This creates a solid and undamaged plastic pipe in place of the previously broken pipe section. Because of the ease of this method, it has become a favored form.

Sustainable organizations do poor job collecting injury data

Sustainable organizations in New York and nationwide are doing an inadequate job of reporting work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, according to a study. Data from organizations on the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list was reviewed by researchers at Center for Safety and Health Sustainability.

The researchers examined public data reported by sustainable organizations between June and December 2016. They found that the companies on the list showed minimum improvement in the way they collected safety and health data compared to their last assessment, which was in 2013. For example, researchers found that there was great variance in the way different organizations collected data and formatted their reports. There was also little consensus over which terms and definitions to use when reporting data.

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