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June 2012 Archives

Misused surgical device can be lethal for kidney donors

Relatives and other properly matched donors are able to make a sacrifice of one of their own kidneys to save the life of someone suffering from kidney disease. Most of the time the willingness to help the recipient of the kidney overrides any worries about the transplant surgery, or medical malpractice in connection with it.

Trooper charged in car accident that killed Pennsylvania woman

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who caused a crash that killed a 21-year-old woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence, DUI, careless driving and reckless driving. The car accident happened last month while the trooper was off duty.

Pennsylvania Workers Overexposed to Lead and Silver Metal

Earlier this month the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a release detailing citations against Heraeus Materials Technology LLC for exposing workers to dangerous levels of silver and lead. The company's West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania facility was cited for five violations, and proposed penalties total over $45,000.

Pennsylvania boy hurt while riding motorcycle of suspended driver

Whether you're a baby sitter, an uncle or just a friend put in charge of a child, it's your duty to look out for the best interests of a young person, if you agree to take on that responsibility. If a child is hurt while under your care, you're obligated to see he or she gets the proper treatment. In the case of a traffic accident, that means notifying the appropriate authorities as well as the child's parent or guardian.

Texting behind the wheel still common among teens, study finds

In previous blog posts we've discussed the dangers of distracted driving, particularly among younger drivers. A recent national survey confirmed that one bad habit, sending or reading text messages behind the wheel, is particularly common among older high school students, despite the high risk of car accidents.

Pennsylvania Court Rules Subcontractor Has Statutory Employer

In a recent unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled a subcontractor was entitled to workers' compensation benefits from the business who hired him. This is a "game-changing" decision, giving many more contractors the right to claim workers comp benefits if they are injured on the job.

National Safety Month Highlights Working Ergonomically

June is National Safety Month, and during the week of June 10th through the 16th the National Safety Council is focusing on the issue of working ergonomically. Ergonomics involves making sure a person's work environment and equipment appropriately fits their body. It is important both to create a comfortable work environment and prevent workplace injuries.

Photos in patient files could reduce medical malpractice

Most people don't like going to the hospital, but if you or a family member needs treatment, you probably want the most personal care possible. You may even assume doctors and nurses will remember your name, your face and your symptoms. But hospitals are chaotic places and even the best bedside-mannered physician can't commit every patient's record to memory. That's why hospitals keep records. But as more of these records are converted from paper to a computer file, there seems to be greater potential for medical errors.

The Most Deadly Jobs in America

For many employees a hard day at the office may include long meetings or looming deadlines. These stressors seem very minor, however, compared to workers who put their bodies and lives on the line every day at work. Of the top ten most hazardous jobs in the country some are expected, but many will surprise you.

Workplace Injury Rates Decline After OSHA Inspections

Some may wonder whether the inspections conducted by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) actually have a lasting impact on workplace safety. A recent study dealing with Pennsylvania manufactures seems to indicate that they do.

Pennsylvania woman dies of injuries from motorcycle accident

A woman who was critically injured in a crash last month died a couple days later in a hospital, providing a tragic reminder of the vulnerability of motorcycle drivers and passengers. Weather conditions may be ideal right now for those who like to cruise along the highway on two wheels, but with more motorcyclists on the road, the higher the chances are of serious injuries or death for these motorists.

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