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Investigation finds Amazon violating workplace safety rules

The Atlantic and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting have published a joint report on an investigation made into the safety conditions of Amazon warehouses across the United States. Amazon workers in Florida, as elsewhere, may be aware already that warehouse work is considered dangerous. The long hours and fast pace can lead to musculoskeletal injuries and incidents arising from fatigue.

The investigation reported that for years up until 2015, Amazon had been violating workplace safety regulations by refusing employees' requests for injury logs. In those cases where it agreed to share anything, it only provided partial logs and lied to employees that the logs were confidential.

WHO report sheds light on worldwide medical mistakes

Florida readers might have heard that medical errors kill between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans every year. Now, a new report by the World Health Organization is shedding more light on the global impact of medical mistakes.

According to the WHO report, around 60% of medical error cases worldwide take place in hospital settings, and approximately 40% occur in primary and outpatient settings. Of those cases, up to 80% are likely preventable. The report also discovered that medical mistakes in primary and outpatient settings cause around 7 million hospital admissions among patients from the 36 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which includes the U.S.

Technology can help alleviate distracted driving

Technological advancements have improved life for people globally, but in many cases, there has been a lag time, disconnect or outright contradiction between what the technologies can effectively do and what is a higher and better end use. For instance, many Florida drivers find the increased capabilities of 'smart" cars enticing but also distracting from the task of driving. However, recent applications are focusing on making smart cars safer cars.

Distracted driving is rapidly becoming what many call an epidemic, approaching and passing in some cases the dangers of drunk driving, as some road safety experts contend. Cellphone use, and specifically texting, is often blamed as the main culprit, but there are three primary ways a driver can be distracted. Distraction involves a driver not keeping hands on the wheel, not keeping eyes on the road or failing to maintain a cognitive connection with driving.

What are your next steps after an accident in the workplace?

An accident at work can leave you in pain and facing medical bills you may not be certain you can handle on your own. It's both overwhelming and confusing to deal with these types of incidents, especially when you are not sure what to do next. If your accident happened at work or you became ill because of your job, you may have grounds to pursue benefits through a workers' compensation claim.

The workers' compensation process can be confusing, especially if you are already dealing with injuries and missing time from work. It is in the interests of each Florida worker to know his or her rights and understand how to proceed through this process. In the event that you need to file a claim, this information will help you protect your interests and avoid problems that can keep you from getting the support you need and deserve.

How to stay safe on the winter roads

Florida roads can still become icy and snowy in the winter, so drivers will want to know how they can stay safe during this season. It all starts with knowing a few basic facts. For example, the faster a person drives, the less traction there is on the road. Since icy and wet roads already cause tires to lose some of their traction, speeding is out of the question in winter.

Another fact to remember is that sudden accelerating and braking can cause the wheels to spin uselessly or the car to lose control. Applying slight pressure to the accelerator with the heel is enough. Drivers must know how to brake properly with automatic braking and features like brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.

What counts as medical negligence, and are you a victim?

When you go to the hospital in Florida, you expect to receive medical care that meets a certain standard. It can be devastating and confusing when you receive poor treatment or lack of care that actually leaves you in worse condition. If this happened to you, it is possible you are a victim of medical negligence.

Medical malpractice comes in many forms. It can include low-quality care, medical errors, negligence, increased infection risk and more. As a victim, it can be hard to know what to do next. After all, how you can determine what happened and who is to blame for what you experienced? Malpractice victims have the right to seek appropriate compensation for what they experienced due to negligent medical care.

Report identifies ambulatory care safety risks for patients

Florida patients who visit an ambulatory care center for treatment may be at risk for diagnostic errors, medication mistakes, falls, or security incidents. These were identified as the top risks to patients in this environment by the watchdog group the ECRI Institute. Ambulatory care centers are where patients are most likely to be seen for medical care and include outpatient clinics and doctors' offices.

The study found that errors in laboratory testing resulted in more than two-thirds of diagnostic errors. Imaging tests were responsible for more than 20% of them. The report recommended better communication, better support tools to help doctors determine what tests they should order, and better standard procedures for the testing process.

NHTSA reports on 2018 traffic fatalities

Florida drivers may be safer on the roads than in some previous years, but pedestrians may be at a greater risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, fatalities from motor vehicle accidents dropped for the second year in a row, and estimates from the first half of 2019 show the trend is continuing.

This follows two years of increases, which experts say was likely due to an improved economy that led to more people driving. In 2018, the drop in fatalities overall was 2.4%. The NHTSA says more safety technology in vehicles is one significant factor. However, pedestrian deaths increased 3.4%. For people on vehicles with pedals, including bicycles, the increase was more than 6%. There was also a very slight increase of less than 1% of deaths in wrecks involving large trucks.

Some types of distracted driving are more dangerous

Distracted driving poses a significant threat to safety on the Florida roadways. A growing number of serious car accidents are linked to drivers paying attention to their mobile phones, tablets or other devices while operating a vehicle. One study released for Teen Driver Safety Week draws particular attention to the prevalence of teen distracted drivers. Teens are more likely to drive while distracted than people in any other demographic, and they are also already more likely to get in car accidents due to their inexperience behind the wheel. In order for teens to become better drivers, they need experience and practice. However, part of that experience is learning to be safe behind the wheel.

While law enforcement agencies are cracking down on distracted drivers across the country, the behavior itself shows no sign of stopping. Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed the effects of distraction on 3,400 drivers between 2011 and 2013. They used devices inside the vehicles to monitor conditions and driving behavior, providing insight often left out in police car accident data, which often relies on self-reported, inaccurate accounts. The researchers found that there were different types of distraction and enumerated more than 60.

Premises liability coverage for airport owners

There are various types of liability insurance: general, public, premises, and owner, landlord and tenant liability. Whatever they go with, airport owners and operators in Florida, not to mention those who lease portions of an airport out, must make sure they carry this coverage. The differences are slight, and the additional coverage may not cost much, assuming one does not take out a separate policy, but a given agreement may come with a number of confusing terms.

Airport owners may want to seek out an aviation insurance broker, who can then request quotes from all the aviation underwriting companies and review any agreements for terms that might be unfair to one or the other party should a premises liability claim arise. For instance, a hold harmless clause allows both parties to agree not to hold each other liable for injuries or property damage. A breach of warranty clause can protect owners in the event that someone complains about service not meeting a certain standard.

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