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Noisy jobs equals good chances of a workplace injury

Those working in Tennessee industries such as mining, construction and even manufacturing may be used to working under noisy conditions, but do they realize the danger of hearing loss? While it has been reported as the workplace injury suffered most commonly by workers in the United States, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations guiding noise exposure safety are outdated. Now critics are calling on OHSA to update the regulations made back in the 1970s.

It is estimated that an average of 22 million people work in conditions where noise levels are considered hazardous, and workers' compensation claims in excess of $200 million are paid annually in this regard. These figures clearly call for attention to be paid to the regulations set so many years ago so as to conform to the societal changes that have occurred in the intervening years. Interestingly, a recent study found that it is not employees working in high noise levels who are the most at risk, but rather those working in environments where the levels of noise are seen as moderate.

Three common questions about Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that is designed to offer financial assistance to those with certain disabilities that are unable to work. In order to qualify, applicants must meet certain requirements.

What are the requirements? A recent publication in The Motley Fool discussed these benefits, noting that they are designed to help those who are unable to work. In order to qualify, the applicant must have what the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a disability. This disability must prevent the applicant from working and must generally be expected to last at least a year.

Dog attacks 3 people, 2 suffer serious injuries

A neighborhood is in shock after a brutal dog attack on three people by four dogs on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Two of the three victims had to be taken to a hospital in the area for treatment of their injuries. The dogs attacked a UPS delivery man first and then turned on those trying to save him. Tennessee dog owners need to take note of the attack and their legal responsibilities.

The attacked happened while the delivery man was delivering packages to a house on his route. When the dogs attacked, he fell to the ground, where the dogs kept biting him. When the victim shouted for help, he was heard by neighbors. They rushed to his assistance. Two of them tried to pull him to safety, and that was when the dogs viciously attacked them.

Devastating Labor Day car wreck kills mother, injures baby

A traumatic accident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on Labor Day. A Tennessee mother died in the car wreck, while her baby daughter was seriously injured.  Four other people were also injured in the accident.

Reportedly, a 70-year-old minivan driver crossed over from his westbound lane into the eastbound lane. The head-on collision that followed resulted in the death of the other driver, said to be 37 years old. The minivan driver and his three passengers, two teenagers and a 35-year-old woman, were all injured.

Possible rise in workers' compensation claims in Tennessee

Tennessee employers and employees have been encouraged by the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration to focus on an awareness of safety at work. The call came after statistics for the period of January to July showed a sharp rise in work-related fatalities. This rise in fatal work-related accidents may lead to a rise in workers' compensation claims. The majority of these accidents were preventable.

July has been a particularly bad month, as 10 workers died in accidents at their places of work. TOSHA has indicated that if the trend continues, there will be a 36 percent rise in investigations into deadly work place accidents by the administration compared to the 2014 figures. This is a clear indication that employers need to prioritize a review of safety prevention programs.

Increased horsepower leads to increase in car accidents

Ever since motorized vehicles have become an excepted mode of transport, car manufacturers have striven to make cars faster and more powerful. Faster cars lead to faster speed limits. It has also been established that increases in speed limits lead to drivers traveling at higher speeds. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) decided to look into the effect of increased horsepower on the speed at which motorist travel. The study pointed to a clear link between increased horsepower and higher travel speed increasing the chances of car accidents.

Tennessee motorists may be interested in knowing that between 1985 and 2015 cars became significantly more powerful. In fact, cars are 60 percent more powerful, the power of SUVs increased by 66 percent and the power of pick-up trucks increased by 65 percent. During the same time, states have increased speed limits on roads. All of these factors contribute to drivers driving faster and faster, thereby increasing road fatality rates annually.

Workplace injury in Tennessee leads to hospitalization

A worker employed by one of the contractors involved at a foundry in Tennessee was injured in a work-related accident on a recent Thursday evening in August. Very little information relating to the accident has been made available, and the company has been quiet regarding the matter.  It is known that the workplace injury resulted in the man being hospitalized at a medical centre in the region and that he is considered to be in a stable condition.

The injured man's identity has not been made public, nor were the extent of his injuries reported. No details have been provided concerning what the injured worker was doing when the accident happened. The incident is currently under investigation by the relevant authorities, and the company is cooperating with them as well as supporting the contractor and the people working for the contractor.    

Traumatic brain injuries and Social Security Disability

There are many types of injuries and illnesses that are considered to be permanent disabilities. Among these is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. No matter how the injury occurred, a TBI can have an impact on all the different aspects of your life. It can leave you unable to work, and can also harm your ability to handle the tasks of daily living and enjoy your personal life. Understanding what kinds of symptoms a TBI has and the benefits you can get to help you becomes very important when living with this kind of disability.

Horror car wreck -- man pinned under car

A Tennessee man was pinned under his vehicle after an accident with another vehicle. Now, his fiance is searching for the people who rushed to help free him in order to express her gratitude. The car wreck happened at approximately 3.30 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon in August.

The driver of the second vehicle was a 16-year-old boy returning home from school. According to the traffic authorities, the 16-year-old driver was trying to turn into the driveway of his parent's home when the accident happened. Traffic officials say that the young driver did not yield for the oncoming vehicle as he should have.

Drowsy driver -- sure recipe for truck accident

One often reads about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence, but seldom of another lesser known danger -- drowsy driving. A driver who has had too little sleep is a danger on the road. Many Tennessee readers likely recall the truck accident in which comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured. Lack of sleep on the part of the driver was ruled the root cause of the accident.

According to a state safety report, driver error due to lack of sleep causes the deaths of thousands of people annually, resulting in costs exceeding $100 billion. If the problem is so large, why is so little attention paid to it? For one, proving driver fatigue is no easy matter, even though it is a common occurrence which most people admit they have experienced at some time or another.  

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