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Five summer hazards to protect construction workers from

The construction industry is one of the deadliest in New Jersey, and it faces a particular set of challenges during the summer. The five leading hazards during this season are fatigue, heat-related illness, dehydration, extended sun exposure and the threat of cars in roadside construction zones.

Failing to protect employees from these hazards can lead to injuries and even death. Heat-related illnesses range from heat rash to heatstroke. Sun exposure, in the long run, can lead to skin cancer. And construction zones are the site of nearly 100 worker deaths every year, according to NIOSH.

Worst holiday for DUI fatalities is the Fourth of July

Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there are more DUI fatalities on the Fourth of July than on any other major U.S. holiday. New Jersey residents should know that drunk driving, besides being the cause of many accidents, can land first-time offenders in jail for up to one year in addition to leaving them with fines and higher insurance rates.

DUI crashes on the Fourth of July led to 1,192 deaths between 2010 and 2017. The holiday with the second highest DUI fatality rate was Memorial Day with 1,105 dying on that day during the same eight-year period. After that, the deadliest holidays are, in descending order, Labor Day, New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Research discovers hundreds of medical reversals

A comprehensive review of randomized clinical trials in three different medical journals revealed that more than 400 common medical procedures are actually ineffective. Researchers from several prestigious universities looked at controlled clinical trials from the last 15 years, which covered more than 3,000 different articles, to get their results. The researchers who conducted this study are hoping that their findings will end many medical procedures in New Jersey and other states that may be doing more harm than good.

Medical practices that are found to be no better than previous or lesser standards of care are referred to as medical reversals. Identifying these practices can be difficult, especially when practices at only one provider are studies. A meta-analysis looks at procedures from many different providers to get a more accurate look at outcomes. The journals studied in this research were the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Workplace injuries at the loading dock

Many New Jersey workers operate in the busy, active atmosphere of a loading dock. Frequently found at factories, distribution centers and warehouses, these docks serve as the entry point for significant amounts of freight necessary to the business' operation. In some cases, loading docks are located outdoors, while in other cases, they are enclosed inside a bay. In most cases, they are connected to a storage room, staging area or other location. While loading docks are some of the most central locations for a business' operation, they can also be a site for workplace accidents and injuries.

Unloading large trucks is often a fast-paced process. Many delivery trucks are on a quick schedule and workers may need to get them cleared out quickly. In most cases, people will use a forklift or a small industrial truck to move the largest quantity of items as quickly and efficiently as possible. At the same time, over 100,000 workers are hurt every year in workplace accidents linked to forklifts and other powered industrial trucks often used in lifting and moving items. Under federal workplace safety regulations, only trained drivers may operate forklifts. Untrained operators can have dangerous accidents that lead to serious injuries.

Preventable pregnancy-related complications are killing women

As you spent months picking out the perfect name and getting the nursery just right, you could not have known that you were also preparing for one of the worst experiences of your life. Like most people in New Jersey, you understood that pregnancy and childbirth are complicated, but you probably trusted the medical community to meet any problems head-on. Unfortunately, a shockingly high number of women are dying from pregnancy-related complications every year.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control detailed just how bad the problem is. Maternal health in the United States is in extremely poor shape. Not only does the U.S. have a high pregnancy mortality rate compared to other developed nations, but those mortality rates have not improved at all over recent years.

Drowsy driving is a persistent road safety issue

A worrying number of drivers in New Jersey and around the country admit to regularly getting behind the wheel despite being dangerously fatigued even though they know that behaving in this way can be extremely dangerous. After analyzing video footage of drivers filmed just before they were involved in serious accidents, the American Automobile Association determined that almost 10% of them crashed because they were drowsy. Another study from the National Sleep Foundation concluded that 24 hours without sleep impairs motorists as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .10%. That would be enough to result in a drunk driving charge in every state.

One of the problems facing police departments and road safety advocacy groups is that drowsy driving is surrounded by myths and misunderstandings. Many motorists become fatigued toward the end of long journeys and think that opening a window, drinking a cup of coffee or turning up the stereo will help them to remain alert until they reach their destinations. Doctors know that this is not true.

NIOSH releases fact sheet to boost fall protection

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has discovered something that should alarm construction workers in New Jersey, which is the fact that falls are the main cause of death in their industry. On average, 310 construction workers die every year in falls, and 10,350 are seriously injured. The majority of falls from scaffolds (86%), roofs (81%) and ladders (57%) are in construction.

To help employers and workers be safer on the job, NIOSH has released a fact sheet that provides several crucial recommendations. NIOSH, OSHA and the CPWR are also offering online resources to help prepare for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

Considerations courts make when determining child support

New Jersey couples who have gone through a divorce know that separation can take a major emotional toll. Things become even more complicated when there are children involved. That's why parents should understand some of the considerations that are made when it comes to child support.

Courts typically require one ex-spouse to pay the other child support. Judges want to make sure that the children are able to maintain their same standard of living after the divorce. Guidelines are set out in each state that courts must follow as they determine who pays child support and how much will be paid. However, judges are allowed to deviate from the guidelines if it is appropriate to do so. In some cases, the court will allow the parents to make their own arrangements.

Risk Institute provides new research on distracted driving

The National Safety Council has designated every April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the reason is clear. According to the NSC, distracted driving crashes kill around nine people and injure 100 more every day. The proliferation of smartphones and in-vehicle technology, such as dashboard touchscreens and voice command features, is making many drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. more distracted behind the wheel.

For April 2019, the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University has put forward some new research that sheds light on the factors behind distracted driving. One study focused on driver behaviors and how to dissuade drivers from developing bad habits. For example, offering insurance discounts for safe drivers could be an effective method. However, the study found that the more confident drivers are, the more likely they are to drive distracted.

Make these tech changes during a divorce

People in New Jersey increasingly rely on their digital devices for all aspects of life, from choosing a meal to watching an entertainment program. As a result, these devices are hubs for highly personal information and communication. During a divorce, people may use email or chat programs to communicate with their divorce lawyer or to share their concerns with friends and family. As a result, people may want to think about ways that they can protect their tech security during and after a divorce.

Married couples often share tech devices and digital accounts. They may know each other's email passwords, smartphone passcodes and online logins. In many cases, they share joint accounts for online banking, a home mortgage or credit cards. In some cases, they may even share joint email or social media accounts. Divorce comes with separating many intertwined relationships, and this can include online accounts. While people may need to keep online banking access to joint accounts in place throughout the divorce, people should act quickly to change the passwords for their personal accounts. Online privacy is important during even the most amicable divorce, and a password change can be an easy task with major benefits.

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