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October 2016 Archives

Teen accident statistics make sobering reading for parents

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens, and parents in Massachusetts and across the country are likely concerned by federal crash statistics showing that fatality rates have begun climbing again after years of steady decline. Young drivers die on the nation's roads three times as often as any other age group, and a report released on Oct. 16 by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed that the increase in auto accident deaths observed in 2015 was particularly pronounced among teens.

Construction site safety and common violations

Massachusetts construction workers need to be consistently alert on a job site because of the many types of hazards faced in such an environment. Moving equipment, toxic materials and heights can be some of the greatest risks for a construction crew. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is tasked with the oversight of various industries, but construction garners a great deal of attention because it represents a large portion of workplace deaths. Statistics indicate that one of every five work-related fatalities in 2014 occurred on construction sites.

The importance of hospital worker safety

According to a report from Aon Global Risk Consulting, there are many risks that health care providers in Massachusetts and around the country will face in 2017. Workplace violence, an aging workforce and issues related to handling patients could all play a role in workers' compensation claims in the future. The report analyzed data from 1,600 hospitals and other health care facilities throughout the country to come to its conclusions.

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