Dog bites can cause lasting physical and psychological scars.
A new OSHA rule aims to heighten transparency for work-related injuries. The agency has changed employer reporting requirements for workplace accidents.
The use of birthing tubs during the labor and delivery process has grown in popularity throughout the United States. Proponents of the practice say it is a safe way to reduce labor pain without the use of medications, but physicians are now pushing back on these claims.
Over the past decade, most drivers have come to recognize the significant dangers posed by distracted driving. Indeed, no matter whether someone is using his cell phone, adjusting his GPS device or chatting with passengers while behind the wheel, any activity that causes a driver to remove his attention from the road can cause serious car accidents. Despite the widespread nature of distracted driving behaviors, the general belief is that younger drivers are more likely to engage in activities that render them a hazard. New data shows, however, that the incidence of distracted driving is increasing among older drivers.
As the weather turns warmer, drivers are likely to see motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles appearing on the roads of Worcester County. Motorcycles have grown more popular as modes of transportation because they don't cost as much as a car to maintain and operate. As such, it is important for drivers to be on the lookout for bikers in order to prevent a collision that can result in serious injury or death.
In February WPRI reported that a construction worker in Swansea needed emergency assistance after a dock collapsed on top of him. The man, who was taken to a nearby hospital, was apparently in the process of building the structure and the cause of the accident, as well as his overall condition, was unknown.
A substantial number of tragic car accidents involve large commercial vehicles. According to nj.com, a homeless New Jersey man using a motorized wheelchair was recently struck and killed by a tractor trailer, showing how dangerous these accidents can be, even at relatively low speeds.
Like anywhere in the United States, distracted driving is a safety issue in Worcester County and plays a major role in car accidents and near-accidents in Worcester, Fitchburg and Boston. Even Massachusetts and many other states have laws against distracted driving behaviors, drivers continue to text and use handheld cellphones while behind the wheel. Therefore, the federal government may be getting into the mix to further encourage drivers to put their cellphones down when driving.
Surgery can be a stressful experience even if undergoing a routine procedure. It requires the patent to put their trust in the surgeon to do all they can to avoid surgical errors. As a mistake can make the difference between life and death, it seems reasonable that surgeons and other medical professionals would take steps to minimize the chance of being distracted while operating on the patient. However, a recent study found that distractions are a significant problem during surgery.
In Massachusetts and across the nation, distracted driving has received increasing attention as the general population becomes more aware of its dangers. This is a good thing, as according to the Department of Transportation, distracted driving killed over 3,000 people in car accidents nationwide during 2010 alone. In addition, the department also reported that distracted drivers injured 416,000 people during the same time period.