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December 2014 Archives

An overview of skin-related injuries on the job

West Virginia employees in varying lines of work may face related risks involving exposure to hazardous agents that could cause injuries or occupational diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 13 million individuals in the U.S. may face chemical exposure. Unfortunately, the focus in a work environment tends to be directed more at agents that could be inhaled than on those that could affect the skin. The standardization of assessment methods for addressing skin exposures is lacking.

West Virginia nursing home accused of negligent death of resident

A woman has filed a lawsuit against a West Virginia nursing home in relation to her mother's death. Genesis Healthcare as well as several related companies, management services and numerous 'John Does' was listed in the lawsuit. The complaint alleges corporate negligence in relation to the death of a woman back in February 2013.

How to avoid workplace injuries in retail outlets

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new publication, "Ergonomic Solutions for Retailers," to help retailers and their employees avoid the sprains and strains that are often suffered in the industry. The publication gives West Virginia employers and workers several protection strategies when employees are moving products and other materials from delivery trucks to storage areas to sales floors.

3 dead in West Virginia crash on I-64

Around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, a head-on collision on Interstate 64 West killed three people, two females and one male. A woman from Ohio entered the Interstate near the East Mall Road overpass driving the wrong way. The Ohio car struck another vehicle being driven by a woman from Virginia.

The dangers of impaired driving

Between the years of 2006 and 2009, there were 120 alcohol-related fatalities per year on average, reportedly. The number of fatalities has decreased by nearly 23 percent from the yearly average during the preceding four years, according to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Federal agency discusses distracted driving

Recent studies suggest that distracted driving may be a dangerous problem in West Virginia and across the nation. Noting this trend, the Federal Communication Commission released a number of statistics concerning crashes involving distracted drivers. It also noted a number of different ways that drivers might attempt to reduce such accidents.

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