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Ankle injuries are common in slip-and-fall accidents

Many Ohio residents are involved in slip-and-fall accidents each year, and some of them suffer debilitating ankle injuries as a result. Ankle injuries range from mild strains to serious sprains and fractures, and recovering from them is often a slow and painful process. Torn ligaments or tendons in ankle joints can be particularly slow to heal.

Even mild ankle injuries like strains and sprains can be extremely painful and limit mobility for weeks or even months. Awkward slips or falls can stretch or damage ligaments or fracture the talus or one of the lower leg bones, and severe injuries to the ankle joint can cause permanent disability. Slip-and-fall accident victims are often unable to earn a paycheck for prolonged periods, and this can make it difficult for them to bear the costs of their medical treatment, physical therapy and prescription medications.

Liability risks posed by amusement parks

Memorial Day through Labor Day is the peak season for carnivals and other events featuring amusement park rides. While Ohio residents see fun and excitement when they arrive at a park or festival, ride manufacturers are more worried about possible liability if someone gets hurt. Determining fault when an accident does occur can be complicated since a number of factors could contribute.

It is possible that a defect during the manufacturing process could be the cause of an accident. However, it is also possible that a ride operator didn't properly fasten a seat belt or that the ride was too heavy to operate safely. When an accident occurs, it could result in heavy media coverage in addition to a large settlement. A 10-year-old boy died in 2016 while on a water slide at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark in Kansas.The son of a state lawmaker was decapitated, and the resulting settlement was believed to be in the neighborhood of $20 million.

Symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury

If you or a loved one have ever suffered a traumatic brain injury, it may have arisen from a fall, a car accident, a sports-related injury or any other incident that caused a serious blow to the head. TBIs vary broadly in terms of severity, and the effects and symptoms associated with them may prove relatively mild in nature, or they can be completely life-changing.

If you suspect that you or someone you love may have experienced a TBI, it is wise to be aware of how it might manifest and what signs may indicate a serious problem.

Child fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents

Children under the age of 15 years who live in the South have a higher chance of being killed in a motor vehicle accident than in any other region in the United States. Ohio parents might want to know that their region is safer than the South, but it still lags behind other parts of the country.

According to a study that was conducted jointly by researchers from Harvard and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the deaths are usually linked to accidents on rural roads and restraints that are not properly used. The study is the first of its kind to examine the state-level trends in child auto fatalities and to factor in the variations in geography and state statutes and regulations.

Sleep apnea testing aims to cut down on truck crashes

Ohio truckers may have to undergo more testing or deal with regulations regarding sleep apnea following an April U.S. Supreme Court decision. In the case, a driver appealed a decision by a lower court that ruled that his employer had a right to require him to be tested for sleep apnea. The company, Crete Carrier Corp., required that workers with a body mass index of 35 or higher be tested. The man refused to take the test, so he was fired.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person's breathing repeatedly stops and starts while he or she is sleeping. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Some causes of this condition include obesity, diet, smoking or poor sleep problems. OSA is of particular concern in truckers because it causes fatigue, which could lead to drowsy driving and truck crashes.

Health concerns in Tesla factory

Tesla has set extremely ambitious production goals for its electric vehicles, and the company is under increasing pressure to meet them. This pressure has been transferred to workers at one of its factories. The situation developing at Tesla is a reminder to employees and employers in Ohio that ambitious business goals don't negate the need for proper workplace safety and support.

Employees working very long hours in a rigorous and often physically demanding environment at the Tesla plant have been reported passing out on the factory floor, and many required emergency medical services. Reports indicate that over 100 ambulance calls have been made to the California factory since 2014.

Many manufacturing settings face combustible dust risks

From plastic recyclers to mills, many types of manufacturing facilities in Ohio create dust during operations. Unfortunately, the build up of fine particles creates a fire risk. A 2012 report by the Combustible Dust Policy Institute showed that over 500 dust-related fires and explosions occurred across multiple industries in 2011. In addition, researchers suspect that employers fail to report many dust fires.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board considers all dust fires completely preventable because dust only poses a fire hazard when it accumulates in sufficient quantities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that dust should not exceed a level of 1/32 of an inch in depth or cover more than 5 percent of floor space. Although OSHA does not have specific dust regulations, the agency has 18 standards for controlling dust.

Riskiest jobs include poultry processing

Ohio workers who are curious about how the safety of their jobs ranks among others may be interested in a report from the National Employment Law Project. An evaluation of data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows that based on reported severe injuries from January 2015 to September 2016, workers employed in the chicken and meat processing industry are at a high risk of incurring them.

For that period, OSHA was notified of 180 severe injuries by poultry processing companies. The report states that the results make poultry processing twelfth among industries in terms of employer severe injury reporting.

OSHA campaign aims to promote worker safety

Ohio construction industry workers may be vulnerable to injuries or death because of falls. To raise awareness about this issue, OSHA started the National Safety Stand-Down Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. In 2017, the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down takes place between May 8 and May 12. The goal is for employers to engage employees in dialogue regarding fall safety and take a look at their own fall protection systems.

Employers are encouraged to talk to employees about the potential hazards that they may face as well as their goals when it comes to creating a safe working environment. Employees are encouraged to talk to their managers about any hazards that they see and to come up with solutions to overcome them. Many different groups participate in the event including construction companies, employee safety interest groups and safety equipment manufacturers.

Confined spaces lead to work injuries

Ohio workers and their employers should be aware of information surrounding workplace injuries caused by confined spaces. Despite attempts to decrease the risk of injury and death due to these types of accidents, they are a still a common hazard in many types of workplaces. Both employers and employees can mitigate this risk by being informed of current regulations and taking extra precautions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a confined space as one that is large enough for a worker to enter completely and perform the assigned tasks but not designed to be occupied continuously. The space must also have restricted points of entry and exit. Many types of workplaces have confined spaces, especially in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Unfortunately, workers often become trapped in the space and die of asphyxiation or exposure to hazardous chemicals or gases.

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