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Grilling Safety Tips – July 1, 2014

With the fourth of July coming up this weekend, grilling season is in full swing. July is the peak season for grilling according to the National Fire Protection Association. It is important to be reminded however that grills fires can ignite in an instant and can lead to serious injury,...

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Construction’s “Fatal Four” – June 23, 2014

Workplace safety has come a long way over the past several decades. Since 1970, the number of workplace fatalities have declined by over sixty five percent, with a similar decline in workplace related illnesses and injuries. This has happened during a period where the overall employment numbers have nearly doubled....

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15th, 2014

Today, June 15th, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).  WEAAD was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose was to encourage individuals and organizations to raise awareness about and help prevent, identify...

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Avoiding the Risks of Accidental Drowning – June 3, 2014

The beginning of summer also means the beginning of pool season and vacations which increase the risks of accidental drowning. Approximately ten people die per day in a drowning accident in the United States, twenty percent of which are children under fourteen. Drowning is the second leading cause of death...

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Summer is a Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers – May 25, 2014

With the Memorial Day weekend, we mark the beginning of summer and all the wonderful things and experiences that summer brings.  This next 3 month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is also the most dangerous for teen drivers, and is what the National Safety Council calls the “100...

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Window Blind Cords Strangulation Hazard – May 18, 2014

Recent strangulation deaths in infants from window covering cords have prompted a new cry for increased action from federal regulators.  The Consumer Federation of America pointed to the death of four children in twenty two days earlier this year to highlight the ongoing problem.  A 6-year-old Maryland girl was killed...

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Nursing Home Falls – May 11, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 1800 nursing home residents die every year from fall related injuries.   Those that survive those falls often suffer the residual effects of hip fractures and head injuries as a result of the fall. While only about 5 percent of adults...

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Baby Gates and The Prevention of TBI in Infants – May 4, 2014

Baby gates used by parents to keep their children out of areas of the home and protect them from falling down stairs, do not yet provide the amount of protection that parents may believe. A recent study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio has indicated that the number of...

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Eye Safety in the Workplace – April 28, 2014

Every day in the United States, roughly 2000 eye injuries occur each day with half of those occurring in the workplace.  Seventy percent of those injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occur from falling or flying objects or sparks striking the eye.  Many of these objects can...

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GM Faulty Ignition Switch Deaths Prompt Reorganization – April 23, 2014

In the wake of the fallout on the GM faulty ignition switch recall, GM has announced a reorganization of its engineering department and has hired an additional thirty five product safety investigators in addition to the twenty it already has.  The ignition switch recall encompasses nearly 2.6 million vehicles and...

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National Campaign Against Distracted Driving Launched – April 15, 2014

We have written often in this blog about the dangers and growing problem of distracted driving.  Texting and other distractions resulting from the use of hand-held personal devices kill and injure.  The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that in 2012 alone, distracted driving accounted for 3,328 deaths and an estimated...

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National Safety Council releases 2014 edition of Injury Facts – Mar. 31, 2014

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress.  It’s mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through, leadership, research, education and advocacy.  Every year the National Safety Council details safety...

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Hospital-Acquired Infections Continue As a Major Health Problem – March 27, 2014

Roughly thirty four million people were admitted to acute care hospitals in the United States in 2012. According to a study released by the Center For Disease Control (CDC), one in twenty five of those patients will suffer from an infection acquired during their hospital stay. Not included in this...

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Rise in Medical Device Recalls Seen as Sign of Progress – Mar. 22, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posts consumer information about the most serious medical devices recalls. The FDA notes on their medical device webpage that these products are on the list because they could cause serious health problems or death.   The FDA released a report yesterday indicating that...

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