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Radiologists face the risk of back problems from work

North Carolina residents might think about accident-related injuries when they consider workers' compensation claims. However, these aren't the only hazards that workers face. Some professionals, including those in the medical field, are at risk of experiencing cumulative trauma injuries.

It's important to note that some careers are associated with specific injuries. Radiologists, for example, face a higher risk of lower back and neck pain. In the past, a radiologist would review films. This allowed them to hold the file in a comfortable position. However, the images that radiologists now review are digital. This means that they have to look at a computer screen to see them. Because most computer monitors aren't exactly at eye level, the radiologist might have to bend for a better view.

4 drugs commonly used by truck drivers

Truck driver impairment is a serious problem. If a driver of a big rig abuses any substance, he or she is likely to cause a catastrophic accident

Truckers often use a variety of substances that put people like you at risk of getting hurt or dying in a wreck. Here are some common drugs that many tractor-trailer drivers use:

Distracted driving leads to many car accident injuries

Many drivers in North Carolina are all too aware of the dangers of distracted driving. The consequences of this negligent driving behavior can be serious and deadly. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It's important to note that distracted driving is not limited to just texting while driving. An array of causes may divert a driver's eyes and mind from the roadway in front of them. Examples include eating and drinking, talking on a handheld mobile phone or even tinkering with an elaborate touchscreen entertainment system. However, texting is perhaps most infamous because of the level of time and attention it requires. When driving at 55 miles per hour, a texting driver can go a football field with their eyes off the road.

Distracted driving remains a major hazard

North Carolina drivers may be pleased to learn that awareness regarding the risks associated with distracted driving appears to be at an all-time high. Unfortunately, drivers are still regularly engaging in high-risk activities, such as texting and emailing while behind the wheel.

A recent study completed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that smartphone use is up 46% since 2013. To get their data, the group questioned 2,613 licensed drivers, including teenagers. Participants were asked to anonymously describe their own driving habits as well as those they observed from other motorists. According to the survey, 88% of all drivers believe distracted driving is increasing, and more than 50% of the respondents reported regularly observing other motorists texting and emailing in traffic. Unfortunately, 45% of study participants admitted to committing the same mistakes themselves. Alarmingly, 58% of the individuals who were surveyed stated that such behaviors put themselves in serious danger while driving, but most of them continue the habit. Just 40% of the respondents favor an outright ban on cellphone use while driving.

Be mindful of mistakes after an auto accident

Accidents happen every day and can have a serious impact on those involved. In cases where the responsible party was negligent, it may be possible to gain compensation through a personal injury claim.

The actions people do or do not take can damage even a strong claim. Therefore, claimants should be mindful of and avoid a few common mistakes that people make after an auto accident. 

Workers face threats from machine pinch points

Workers in North Carolina can be harmed when machinery in the workplace is unprotected and unguarded. A part of a machine that could capture a person or a part of his or her body, causing injury, is called a pinch point. A pinch point could trap a person between moving parts, between materials and the machine or between moving and stationary parts. Any machine can have a number of pinch points that could cause serious injuries to workers. These include robots, conveyor belts, printing presses, metal forming machines, construction equipment, rollers, assembly lines, plastic molding machinery, power doors and transmissions and other types of equipment.

In a workplace, an employer is responsible for evaluating the types of machinery and identifying the threat of danger to workers in order to prevent workplace injuries and accidents from occurring as a result of pinch points. Machine injuries on the job could lead to severe injuries and lifelong disabilities. Once they thoroughly examine their machinery, employers then need to create protections in order to stop these types of injuries from happening.

Truck and bus inspection spree begins June

Drivers of commercial trucks and buses, whether they're in North Carolina or elsewhere in the nation, will want to ensure that they comply with vehicle and driver safety regulations. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled its annual International Roadcheck for June 5 to June 7. The 72-hour inspection spree will take place across America, and drivers who are found violating regulations will be issued out-of-service orders.

During last year's roadcheck, the CVSA inspected approximately 63,000 vehicles, which comes to an average of about 15 vehicles every minute. About 15,000 out-of-service orders were issued with 80 percent of them due to vehicle-related violations and the remaining 20 percent to driver-related ones. The CVSA found that hours-of-service violations and brake violations were the top reasons for the orders.

Could a drowsy driver injure you?

When it comes to driving dangers, news sites and blogs seem full of stories about driving distracted, thanks to cellphones, and a decent bit devote space to stories about driving under the influence of alcohol.

What tends to get less attention is drowsy driving, but the media and others may underestimate its seriousness and prevalence.

Tire maintenance tips for improved safety

Drivers in North Carolina probably know how important it is to have good tires on their vehicles. However, they may not know all the steps that they should take to maintain these components. Proper tire maintenance can help drivers avoid deadly collisions, especially when road conditions are wet.

First of all, tires should be inflated to the level recommended for the particular vehicle. This information is usually found in the manual and sometimes in the car door. Low pressure can make tires lose their grip on wet roads, so regular checkups will be necessary. Checking the pressure once a month in the early morning is ideal.

Ford recalls for steering wheel, clutch issues

People in North Carolina who drive a Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ, model years 2014 to 2018, might want to find out if their vehicle is part of a recall. Ford says that some of these vehicles have steering wheel bolts that can come loose. This can cause the steering wheel to detach from the steering column and the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

A pair of accidents and an injury have allegedly occurred as a result of the defect. A total of about 1.4 million cars are being recalled, with around 1.3 million of those in the United States and the rest in Mexico and Canada. Dealers can address the issue by replacing existing bolts with longer bolts that have better threads and using a nylon patch to keep them in place.

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