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Reporting an OSHA violation in the workplace

When companies in Maryland recognize a hazard that could affect the safety and well-being of their employees, they have the responsibility of immediately working to prevent the hazard from turning into a danger. Often, this process requires them to investigate and analyze the environment or process that is under question and then develop protocols that can be implemented to provide protection and eliminate the danger. 

However, there are undoubtedly times when some employers are neglectful in making the necessary changes to keep their workers safe. As such, the hazard remains and depending on the severity of the risks that their workers are facing, the company could be violating an OSHA standard. According to Career Trend, employees who are concerned about a safety issue in the workplace should first notify a superior who may have an influence on making a change. If efforts to correct the problem are in vain, employees have the right to report the violation to OSHA by their own merit. 

Numerous red flags lead to ousting of hospital management

Each day, numerous medical patients in Maryland rely on their health care provider to give them the kind of high-quality care that will enable them to have access to a treatment plan that meets their personal needs. However, there are times when for various reasons from poor communication to deliberate ignorance, that doctors are unable to protect their patients. 

An example of one such incident comes out of Houston, Texas where an entire level of upper management was replaced at a hospital after numerous allegations of poor operating practices. The hospital's missteps were really brought to light after an emergency room patient received a blood transfusion that was not a correct match. The error ultimately led to the patient's death. Additional complaints revealed common concerns about the hospital's nursing care, as well as complaints from several patients about complications they had experienced after bypass surgery. 

Can background checks help you hire better truckers?

Your fleet of truck drivers in Maryland is an integral part of your company's operation and ability to maintain a successful organization. As such, you spend considerable time recruiting and hiring truckers that reflect the characteristics and qualities that your company strives to uphold. The efforts you put into performing background checks on your candidates, as well as the requirements you establish for them, may be able to provide a better guarantee that they will provide value to your company and not participate in dangerous or negligent driving behaviors. 

A background check only reveals so much about your candidates. This is just the beginning of a process that can help you identify potential red flags. According to Truck Freighter, some of the skills that you should test your drivers on include the following:

  • Turning, braking and parking the truck.
  • Driving in and around high-traffic areas.
  • Coupling and uncoupling the trailer, as well as securing loads the right way.
  • Using various safety controls and identifying how to respond in certain emergency situations. 
  • A thorough understanding of the importance of a pre-trip inspection, as well as the ability to demonstrate how this process is completed.

What are never events?

Maryland doctors are only human, and just like every other human, they too are susceptible to errors. However, whereas some errors are harmless and the result of a moment of fatigue or a slight oversight, others are so significant that they are often fatal. Many of these errors are the result of negligence, and the healthcare industry dubs many of them "Never Events."

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Former CEO of the National Qualify Forum coined the term "Never Event" in 2001 in the hopes of making sense of particularly appalling medical errors. Since then, the list has grown to include 29 events, which the industry groups into seven categories. Each of these events are serious (meaning they result in disability or death), easily identifiable and quantifiable and preventable—hence the term, "Never Event." The seven categories in which a Never Event may fall are product or device events; care management events; surgical or procedural events; environmental events; criminal events; radiologic events; and patient protection events.

Hands-free cellphones: A major form of distraction

In Maryland, and in many other states across the nation, it is illegal to talk on a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel. This practice has led to more than 391,000 injuries and 3,450 deaths from distracted driving car accidents in 2016 alone. When people talk on their cellphones while driving, their minds cannot focus on the road and are slow to respond to any hazards that they may encounter. As a way to stay in compliance with the ban on hand-held cellphones, some drivers have started using hands-free cellular devices. Studies show, however, then even hands-free cellphones are a major source of cognitive distraction.

Cognitive distraction occurs when the mind is not completely focused on driving but is engaging in another complex task at the same time. The brain switches back and forth from one task to the other, leaving spots where the driver is not concentrating on the road at all. This leaves room for deadly accidents to occur.

Is marijuana legalization increasing car accidents?

While marijuana for recreational use is not yet legal in Maryland, it is not too far-fetched to believe that it will be in the near future. With that in mind, there are things to learn from states where it already is completely legalized. One such learning experience states have is how marijuana affects the number of car accidents occurring.

CNN explains that there is a link between the legalization of marijuana and an increase in car accidents. In states that have legalized the drug, car accident rates have risen. However, there are conflicting reports. One study said marijuana legalization does not impact car accidents, while other studies say it does. It is a little confusing until you look at the statistics.

How can I spot signs of hypothermia?

With colder weather moving into Maryland comes higher risks for you if you work outside. Whether you work construction, on a farm or in another outdoor job, wintertime means cold and wet weather that puts your health at risk. It is essential that you learn the signs and symptoms of hypothermia.

The Mayo Clinic explains hypothermia is when your body temperature drops and the body cannot heat it back up fast enough. When your temperature goes below 95 degrees, it causes your body to react. Some first symptoms may include uncontrollable shivering or the loss of feeling in your fingers and toes. You may also notice your skin is red and cold. You may start breathing slower and your heart rate may slow down as well.

How can we lower healthcare costs?

One of the most debated topics in Maryland these days is the price of healthcare. The costs seem to keep rising, and no matter what lawmakers do, it does not seem to help. Despite claims that there is nothing insurance companies can do to lower costs, there are things that they can do that may help bring down the costs.

According to Forbes, it is mainly communication that will help to lower costs and make healthcare more affordable for everyone. It starts with you being able to understand your bill and your coverage better. Insurance companies need to be clear about pricing and make it easy to see how much you will spend on premiums, deductibles and services. Billing also needs to be clearer. You should be able to look at a healthcare bill and understand it clearly without having to call someone and get it explained to you.

What should I look for when choosing a nursing home?

You want only the best care for your aging loved one. That’s why making the right decision when it comes to nursing home care is so important, which can be assessed during a preliminary visit. In this case, AARP offers the following tips on how to choose a high-quality nursing home.

Use your ears

How are truck accidents different than car crashes?

Truck accidents are different from conventional auto accidents in Maryland for a number of reasons. Some of these differences are probably very obvious to you. However, you would have to have some experience in either law or the ground-freight logistics industry to automatically know some of the other factors that lead to drawn-out injury cases, teams of lawyers representing the defense and complex insurance matters in many commercial vehicle cases.

Generally speaking, there is a major physical difference in the way large commercial vehicles behave when they collide versus the way smaller ones do. As you might expect, this tends to create extreme consequences for truck accident victims. Seeking compensation for these severe injuries could pose some challenges for you, however

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