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October 2015 Archives

Helmet safety for Alabama motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on the roadways of Alabama due to their lack of protection. In addition to defensive driving tactics, the appropriate safety gear can also make a difference between life and death in a motorcycle accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle helmets approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation can lower the chances of a head injury by 69 percent, and they reduce the risk of fatality by 37 percent. Alabama is one of the states that has a universal helmet law requiring all riders to wear one.

Preventing bone fractures in nursing homes

Falls become more of a risk as people age, and they are often the cause of broken bones for the elderly. In nursing homes, fall prevention should be a priority. However, not all bone fractures are the result of falls. According to WebMD, every year there are approximately 1.5 million bone fractures due to osteoporosis. The most common bones broken are in the spine, hips and wrists. Nursing home staff have a responsibility to protect residents who are more likely to experience fractures, and there are many preventative measures that can be taken.

Miners’ rights, responsibilities and occupational hazards

The mining industry is a major source of employment in Walker County, Alabama, and those who work in coal, oil and gas extraction are subjected to unique hazards. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 gives all miners certain rights and responsibilities on the jobsite to prevent and report unsafe working conditions that could lead to accidents. The Mine Act states that anyone who works at a mine is considered a “miner,” including the following:

Can nursing home abuse in Alabama be prevented with cameras?

If you have a loved one with a dementia-related disease in Walker, Alabama, often a nursing home is your only option for getting him or her the round-the-clock care necessary. Whether you are able to spend time there on a daily basis or your visits are limited by distance, you need to be able to know that the nursing home staff is maintaining the quality of care federal law mandates. The inability to communicate that goes along with moderate to severe dementia can make it difficult for you to determine how well workers are performing their duties.

The future of electronic logging devices in large trucks

When truck drivers spend long hours on Alabama roadways with minimal resting periods, they put everyone around them in danger. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires every truck operator to keep a trucking log recording the hours spent on the road. This allows authorities to make sure drivers are not exceeding the daily and weekly hour limits that are enforced to prevent truck driver fatigue. However, it is relatively simple to adjust a paper log book, a fact that has led to many tragic trucking accidents.

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