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Construction workers exposed to dangerous silica dust

Construction workers in Florida may be exposed to particularly high levels of silica dust when chipping and crushing concrete and other materials. In some cases, the level of exposure could rise to over 10 times the permitted amount according to federal OSHA workplace safety regulations, one study indicates. Researchers collected samples from the breathing zones of 51 workers at demolition, bridge repair and crushing job sites in the construction industry. They also collected 33 samples from nearby areas to measure the distribution of silica dust particles in the surrounding environment.

Be prepared to handle a car accident

Considering the number of vehicles on Florida roadways and throughout the country, car accidents are bound to happen. While most auto accidents are considered minor in nature, the average driver will be involved in at least one accident over their lifetime. That's why it's imperative to know what to do and what not to do if involved in a vehicle crash.

When having a baby becomes a high-risk situation

If you're one of many Florida women who are currently expecting a baby or have recently given birth, you have every right to be proud of yourself for making it through roughly nine months of pregnancy. Whether this is your first child or you have gone through similar experiences many times in the past, it's definitely true that no two pregnancies are the same. What is problematic for one woman may be a non-issue in your case, such as fluid retention or weight gain.

Which days of the week are most dangerous for Florida travelers?

When you get behind the wheel to drive to work, to the store or to take your kids to school, how much thought do you give to the day of the week in relation to your risk for collision? If you answered, "None at all," you are likely not alone in your opinion. Most people don't realize that many researchers believe there are certain times when it is more dangerous to drive than others, for various reasons.

"Never events" can devastate patient health

"Never event" is a term that is used to describe medical errors so shocking that they should never occur to Florida patients. It was originally coined to describe events like surgery on the wrong location, but has since been expanded to involve harmful medical events that are unambiguous, serious and typically preventable. In most cases, these are clearly identifiable mistakes that result in serious disabilities or even death. There are 29 different types of never events officially classified in seven categories.

Woman's death on subway stairs highlights inaccessibility issue

Florida parents who have struggled on stairways with strollers may have heard about a mother who died after falling down the stairs in a New York City subway station. She was attempting to take her stroller down the stairs in a station without an elevator. The child was found conscious.

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