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Avoiding the five most common workplace accidents

All employees in Georgia, whether they work in the construction, retail or agricultural industry, should know about the following five types of workplace accidents and how to avoid them. First on the list are slip, trip and fall accidents. Slips can be caused by wet or oily surfaces, weather hazards and spills that are not taken care of in time. Workers may also trip in poorly lit areas and on torn carpeting, loose cables and clutter.

Good housekeeping, proper footwear for employees and level walking surfaces that have traction are all important factors in preventing such accidents. Workers should also be urged to report spills and other hazards as soon as they appear.

Car accidents, violence top causes of workplace deaths

Every day, thousands of workers in Georgia and across the U.S. face dangerous work conditions. In fact, a recent report found that nearly 5,200 American workers were killed on the job in 2016, which was an increase from the 4,836 who were killed in 2015. The report, entitled "Death on the Job, the Toll of Neglect, 2018," was issued by the AFL-CIO federation of unions.

According to the report, hazardous working conditions led to approximately 150 worker deaths every day in 2016. Car accidents and other transportation incidents represented the top danger for workers, accounting for 2,083 deaths. Workplace violence was the second most common worker hazard, accounting for 866 deaths. In addition, workplace violence caused 27,000 lost-time injuries, two-thirds of which were suffered by women.

Were You Injured at a Private Residence?

Your home is your castle. It's one of the biggest investments a person can make. If you live in a neighborhood under the auspices of a homeowner's association, upkeep and maintenance aren't just matters of pride, it could be a matter of neighborhood reminder letters or even fines.

ZF develops airbags to protect against side collisions

Georgia motorists may have heard of external airbags, which some car parts manufacturers are working to develop. It will likely be a while before such technology is implemented on vehicles. When external airbags are made standard, however, they could prove beneficial to drivers and other vehicle occupants. The ZF Group has found that external airbags lessen the severity of injuries by up to 40 percent.

ZF is developing its own external airbags to go on the sides of vehicles. By providing an additional crumple zone, they can absorb some of the force of a side impact. It all depends, of course, on having a predictive system that recognizes the vital details of an impending crash. The system must be able to deploy the airbags a split second before the crash. Another challenge is keeping the airbags from deploying needlessly.

Automatic emergency brakes reduce chances of rear-end collisions

From 2013 to 2015, General Motors sold 10 vehicle models in Georgia that offered automatic emergency braking systems as an option. Researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compared accidents involving these vehicles to identify differences in collisions between those equipped with the emergency braking system and those that only sounded a warning if a collision was imminent.

Researchers collected data from police accident reports. They determined that vehicles with automatic emergency brakes that stopped a vehicle without requiring action from the driver avoided rear-end collisions 43 percent more often than vehicles without the automatic safety system. When looking specifically at crashes that caused injuries, researchers found that automatic emergency brakes reduced crashes with injuries by 68 percent.

Nearly 5,000 trucks put out of service during Brake Safety Week

From September 16 to 22, 2018, inspectors certified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance stopped a total of 35,080 commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada as a part of Brake Safety Week. The inspection spree ended in 4,955 vehicles, just over 14 percent, being put out of service for brake violations. Truckers and truck fleet owners in Georgia may want to know more details.

Inspectors mainly focused on the vehicles that need antilock braking systems, an important safety feature. They sidelined 234 out of 5,354 hydraulic-braked power units (4.4 percent) for ABS violations. The next highest percentage of ABS violations were among air-braked power units: 2,176 out of 26,143, or 8.3 percent. Trailers saw the most violations with 2,224 out of 17,857, or 12.5 percent, being sidelined.

Survey points to drop in hospital infections

Hospital-acquired infections can cause big problems for patients. Given this, the numbers from a CDC survey are encouraging. These numbers suggest that recent years have seen a decrease in the likelihood of patients at American hospitals developing infections.

The survey was done in 2015. In it, a random sample of patients from around 200 hospitals in 10 states was looked at to see how many of these patients had health-care-associated infections. It found that around 3.2 percent of these patients had such infections.

What Really Happens If You Are In a Slip and Fall Incident?

There are certain things that retail or grocery store staff don't like to hear. It's never a good thing when the store intercom blares: "Cleanup on aisle two! Cleanup on aisle two!" Not only does that mean an employee has to spring into action with a broom and mop, but it also means there is a hazard for customers in the store.

What parents can do to combat teenage distracted driving

The last thing any parent wants is for his or her teen to get distracted behind the wheel. After all, parents are only too aware of the high level of risk teen drivers face. Their inexperience and impulsiveness mean they cause more than their fair share of accidents, and it could be argued that the most dangerous years of a driver's life are their first three years behind the wheel.

Any distraction increases those risks. You want your teen focused on the road and focused on safety. How do you make sure that happens?

Vehicle Coverage: Do You Have Enough Insurance?

If you have spent any time driving around metro Atlanta you know the city has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. Maneuvering the streets and highways in Atlanta and its suburbs can be an adventure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 2,443,000 people were injured in accidents in 2015, with 35,092 fatalities. When someone else causes a collision, you expect the other drivers to have adequate auto insurance, but that's not always the case. Georgia Law requires that all drivers carry auto liability insurance. The motorist at fault in the wreck is responsible for the damages and injuries stemming from the wreck, and if they have insurance, it will cover those damages. What happens if you are involved in an accident and the other driver does not have auto insurance? First, hopefully you and or your passengers are not too injured. But even if you are not injured, your vehicle probably will be damages, which is where Uninsured Motorist Coverage comes in.  Auto insurance companies in Georgia are required to offer you uninsured motorist coverage when you buy insurance. While you aren't required by law to have UM coverage, everyone needs to have it.  Having UM means your auto insurance company will pay for to fix your car and pay your medical bills if the person who caused the wreck doesn't have insurance. Even if the at fault driver has insurance, though, if you are in a major accident, with physical injuries or multiple people involved, the minimum liability coverage is rarely enough insurance. This is where Silverbach Law can help you. In Georgia, drivers are required to have the following liability insurance coverage:

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