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Untimely brain aging due to traumatic brain injury

In Alabama, traumatic brain injuries are not always accurately diagnosed or treated. Even when they are, many doctors and patients do not realize that a traumatic brain injury may have long-term implications.

Traumatic brain injuries occur after a sharp strike to the head or penetration of the brain by an outside object. Something as common as a fall or as rare as an assault may cause such an injury. Although scientists have known that traumatic brain injuries may lead to significant biochemical changes in the brain, it was not known until recently that traumatic brain injuries can change brain structure.

Driving safely in wet weather conditions

Each year, rainy spring weather is a contributing factor in many car accidents that take place in Alabama. According to the American Auto Association, wet weather conditions lead to about 1.2 million car accidents each year in the United States. To avoid being involved in one of these kinds of crashes, drivers should take a few simple safety precautions.

One of the most important things that drivers can do to avoid being involved in a wreck is to maintain safe following distances behind other vehicles. Although the recommended following distance between two vehicles is generally two seconds, drivers should use a four-second following distance when it is raining. A larger following distance is recommended in wet weather conditions due to poor visibility, skidding and potholes.

Multi-vehicle accident in Alabama kills 1, injures 5

Law enforcement agencies in Alabama have reported that a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 in Escambia County claimed the life of one motorist and sent five others to the hospital on April 2. Six passenger vehicles and three semi-tractor trailers were involved according to police. The Accident occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the Flomaton exit at approximately 5 p.m.

A trooper at the scene of the fatal accident said that slow moving traffic caused by two earlier collisions on I-65 may have played a part. Interstate 65 was closed to both northbound and southbound vehicles following the accident as first responders and accident investigators went about their duties. The number of disabled vehicles and amount of debris on the roadway kept traffic at a virtual standstill for several hours.

Fall prevention when erecting walls in Alabama

Every year, workers are injured in falls when working to erect both interior and exterior walls. Such accidents are largely preventable with the use of safety equipment and proper training.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations in place regarding the safety measures employers must take to reduce the risk of fall injuries during wall construction. Employers must first assess the particular work site to evaluate hazards. They must have a safety training program in place to train workers how to recognize any potential dangers and the steps needed to minimize the risks.

Distracted driving behaviors and teens

Alabama residents may be shocked to learn about some of the things teens have admitted to doing while driving. While most people are now aware of the dangers of texting and driving as well as the prevalence of that behavior, teenagers additionally admit to doing a whole host of other activities while they are behind the wheels of their vehicles.

According to a recent survey, 27 percent of teen respondents admitted to engaging in such activities as changing their clothes and shoes, doing homework and applying makeup while driving. Additionally, around 40 percent of those surveyed admitted to texting while driving, which is is a lower percentage than in previous studies, though it is still high.

Burns are the top worker injury in fast-food industry

Pressure on McDonald's from labor activists has highlighted the prevalence of grease burns among fast-food workers. Emerging data and official complaints are exposing the hazards faced by workers in the food service sector that employs people throughout Alabama. A Fast Food Workplace Safety survey conducted by Hart Research Associates revealed that 79 percent of fast-food workers suffered burns on the job in 2014.

Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics supports this survey finding, showing that fast-food workplaces have an above average injury rate. In 2013, 3.5 injuries were reported per 100 full-time workers. The average across all industries was 3.3 injuries.

Job-related injury, death statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 3 million cases of workplace injuries and illnesses occur in the private sector every year. Although this figure is less than half of the 6.6 million reported 20 years ago, many workplaces are still hazardous. Alabama workers might know the dangers involved in the construction industry, but they might not have considered the dangers involved in office and health care environments.

In 2013, there were approximately 1.16 million cases of local and state government and private sector workers suffering a workplace illness and taking at least one day off of work, according to the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. A primary measure of the severity of job-related injuries and illnesses, workers took off work for a median of eight days to recover. While health care professionals could throw out their backs lifting patients, office workers can develop musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel from computer use. The median days of recovery for this was 11 days.

Alabama pastor killed in 2 vehicle accident

The Alabama Highway Patrol has reported that a 76-year-old man was killed on March 16 in an accident involving two vehicles in Cullman County. Troopers did not immediately say what factors may have contributed to the crash, but their investigation was said to be ongoing. The collision occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m. on County Road 1435 about two miles from Cullman.

According to reports, the vehicles involved were a Toyota sedan and a Ford pickup truck. Emergency response personnel pronounced the driver of the sedan dead at the scene. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma by the Cullman County Coroner. Troopers at the motor vehicle accident scene reported that the man had been wearing a safety belt. Authorities report that the man had served for many years as a pastor at an area Baptist church.

Nail gun injuries in Alabama workplaces

Nail gun injuries are very common, especially for those who are employed in the construction industry. Although the use of these tools can increase productivity, care must be taken in order to minimize the risk of injuries when using them.

A review of nail gun injury statistics highlights the prevalence of this type of injury, especially with less-experienced workers. Two out of every five apprentice carpenters report having received at least one nail gun injury within their first four years of employment, while one out of five reported receiving more than one injury. One out of 10 carpenter apprentices reported receiving three or more nail gun injuries during the same time period.

Public reporting of workplace injuries

Alabama residents may know that employers are obligated to maintain records on illnesses or injuries that employees suffer on the job. At this time, the company retains this information, and no public record is made available.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is poised to implement a new rule that requires employers to send the information to OSHA electronically. Employers with 20 or more employees would submit the information annually. Employers who have 250 or more employees would be required to send the data every three months.