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Did you lose a loved one in a Florida collision?

If you are taking care of a loved one who has a terminal illness, you both understand that there is no cure for the disease and that the time you have together is limited. While it is definitely never easy to experience the death of a beloved family member, in situations like this, a family has some time to prepare.

If, on the other hand, your loved one was perfectly healthy when he or she left the house on a particular day and you later learn that a fatal collision occurred that took his or her life, you are struck with sudden, expected bereavement. It is critical that you have a strong support network to help you and other family members cope with this great loss.

How overall workplace quality determines worker health and safety

There are a number of factors that influence workers' health and safety in Florida and across the U.S., including scheduling, pay and the type of contract. Many studies have taken these factors individually, but none has analyzed them all together. A study from the University of Washington, though, has striven to correct the simplistic view of worker health that has come about.

The study looked at employment quality among nearly 6,000 working U.S. adults based on their responses to the General Social Survey conducted between 2002 and 2014. One of the current trends that researchers emphasized was the move away from traditional, ongoing and full-time positions toward gig economy jobs and jobs with more flexible scheduling and employer-worker relationships. These were some of the findings.

Miners, oil and gas extraction workers at risk for hearing loss

Florida residents who work in the gas and oil extraction and mining industries are at risk for hearing loss, according to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine's new study. In fact, around 61% of all workers in those industries have experienced dangerous levels of on-the-job noise.

Researchers found that 24% of all miners exposed to noise had some degree of hearing loss. Specifically, 36% of construction sand and gravel miners; 31% of uranium, radium, and vanadium ore miners; 28% of bituminous coal and lignite surface miners; 27% of iron ore miners; and 24% of copper and nickel ore miners, all of whom are regularly exposed to noise, suffered some form of hearing loss.

Medication errors threaten patient health

When Florida residents go to the hospital or visit a doctor, they expect to receive care that can improve their condition. However, medication errors can pose a serious threat to any patient's health. Taking prescribed medication is the most common form of treatment for an array of conditions. In addition, multiple people, including doctors, pharmacists and nurses, may be involved in the process. This means that medication errors are also one of the more common types of medical mistakes. However, the consequences can be severe in some cases or even fatal.

A medication error can happen at any point in the process, from the time a particular pill is prescribed, to the dispensing of the medication, to the administration of a particular dosage. Throughout the process, it is important that patients are monitored and in touch with their health care provider. Thorough communication can be one of the best safeguards against these types of medical errors. In some cases, patients may experience side effects or adverse events related to their medications. However, almost 50% of drug side effects are considered preventable.

Safety technologies could reduce car accident risk

Many drivers in Florida have noticed an increasing amount of automated safety features offered on cars when they go to buy a new vehicle. Some might wonder how much value they have. While fully self-driving cars are still some time into the future, automated features aim to help drivers and make the roads safer. According to one study released by GM, these advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) live up to their promise of reducing traffic accidents. The report says that some types of backing-out crashes were reduced by 81% due to certain ADAS technologies.

The report also said that when advanced emergency braking was installed along with forward collision alerts, rear-end car collisions were reduced by 46%. With forward collision alerts alone, rear-end crashes were reduced by 21%. Other results also indicated the success of multiple automated systems. The 81% reduction in backing crashes was achieved through the inclusion of automatic reverse braking, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear vision cameras and parking assist. With parking assist alone, crashes were reduced by 38%, and a rear vision camera cut down accidents by 21% when backing up. Other autonomous features were also effective. Lane change alerts and blind zone warnings reduced collisions by 26% when changing lanes.

Do you pay attention to warehouse hazards while on the job?

Every worker has duties expected of them. Because each type of job is different, the potential hazards that you and other workers could face daily also differ. As someone who works in a Florida warehouse, you face risks on a daily basis that could result in serious injuries in the event of an on-the-job accident.

Fortunately, you, your co-workers and your employer can take steps to lessen the likelihood of serious accidents by remaining aware of the potential hazards all around you. Training, safety equipment and other measures could go a long way in preventing harm to workers.

Floor markings in the workplace and their advantages

Employers in Florida may not have all the mandatory floor markings in their facility. Every job site comes with unique safety hazards, and floor markings can help in identifying these. Workers can then more easily see where the loading dock is or where there are ramps and beams.

Employers could go the extra mile to highlight electrical outlets, control panels and other equipment that is easily overlooked. To complement their emergency action plan, employers could point out emergency exits and doors with the markings. Floor tape is versatile and not just used for floors: It can be laid down on pipes, walls and work equipment as well.

The consequences of drunk driving

Drunk driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people every year in Florida and across the U.S. Alcohol is known to negatively affect the central nervous system, and even a small amount of it can cause drivers to have divided attention or impaired judgment-making abilities. If they drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, they are legally drunk and are breaking the law.

When drivers are legally drunk, they will experience poor muscle coordination, a loss of self-control, slowed thinking and lapses in memory. All of this makes them unfit, obviously, for the road. If they are pulled over, they could face either a misdemeanor or felony offense, and the penalties can range from license suspension to fines and jail time. Florida requires that those convicted of DUI install, at their own expense, an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This device measures a driver's BAC before he or she is able to start the car.

Subaru Crosstrek tops list of cars with most crashes in U.S.

The 2019 Subraru Crosstrek was a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and yet this same car topped the list of 10 newer vehicles that have been involved in the most at-fault car crashes. Drivers in Florida may want to see if their vehicle has made the list, which is composed of one American, two Korean and seven Japanese cars.

The list was compiled by Insurify, the auto insurance comparison website, after it looked into its database of more than 1.6 million insurance quotes. Analysts found that accidents have affected 25.81% of all Crosstreks, followed by 25.7% of all Honda HR-Vs. Overall, accidents impacted 13.64% of the 10 vehicles listed.

Common medical mistakes

Florida residents might be surprised to learn that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. Understanding how common types of mistakes occur could help people protect their health.

When one has a health condition or undergoes surgery, different devices like ventilators or catheters might be used. While helpful, this also puts a patient at risk for health care-associated infections. Catheters can cause urinary tract infections while tubes attached to ventilators are susceptible to bacteria. HAIs typically occur when a device is not used correctly or monitored.

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