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Fatal car accidents rising in Illinois, but falling across the US

If you've ever been in a car accident, you know there are several factors that may increase the possibility of fatality. Though most people try to ensure that they drive in a way that is safe, accidents still occur. Hopefully, when they do, the damage sustained will be as minimal as possible.

A recent study revealed some troubling news regarding deaths from car crashes. It found that while fatal traffic accidents have decreased across the United States, the state of Illinois actually showed an increase in these types of auto accidents. The researchers have a few ideas of why that may have happened, and their findings show that everyone can take steps to be a better driver.

What are the risks of working on a dairy farm?

Illinois dairy farms produce millions of gallons of milk each year, and if you are one of the thousands of employees on these farms, you might not realize all the health and safety risks you face. They include respiratory, biological and environmental hazards along with the dangers posed by feeding storage in silos and grain bins. Furthermore, exposure to chemicals, noise, heat and musculoskeletal injuries serves to exacerbate the threats you face.

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to inform their workers of all the hazards of their jobs, it might be wise to learn as much as you can about them, along with the solutions and controls to mitigate them. That will enable you to take extra precautions for self-protection.

Another Important Victory For Firefighters and EMTs

Haxel Law secured another important victory for firefighter health this week.
A few months after winning a trial for a retired Springfield firefighter, Haxel Law has just successfully represented a current Springfield firefighter in another trial, this one awarding workers' compensation benefits for cancer. Just as in the prior hearing loss case, the most recent trial resulted in a finding that the firefighter's job was presumed to be a cause of his cancer. This ruling may make it easier for firefighters, paramedics and EMTs to obtain workers' compensation benefits for developing cancer.

Are SUVs to blame for the rise in fatal pedestrian accidents?

In recent years, the popularity of sport utility vehicles has increased. This larger type of vehicle has a fair amount of power and is useful for large families who may need to transport several passengers or for those who want to haul a great deal of cargo. Chances are, if you don't own one of these vehicles, you know someone who does, and their usefulness is inarguable.

Unfortunately, some researchers are now arguing that the popularity of SUVs has contributed to a rise in pedestrian deaths in recent years. The rate of pedestrian fatalities has shot up 46 percent. These researchers allege that several factors make death a more likely outcome in a pedestrian accident involving an SUV. They also have suggestions on what actions communities can utilize to prevent more deaths.

Does your robotic co-worker threaten your safety?

As robots become more common in many industrial facilities in Illinois, you might soon find yourself working alongside a robotic colleague -- if that is not the case already. You might have questions about the safety of sharing your workspace with a programmable co-worker. However, the perception that robotics are uncontrollable is unfounded -- as long as your employers performed risk assessments and identified safety requirements and the need for guarding.

Your employer must meet regulated safety standards, and provide adequate safety training to ensure you and your co-workers are familiar with the safety practices. The rapid development of technology leads to ever-evolving safety regulations to mitigate new hazards posed by each, more advanced, robotic integrator or system introduced to the workplace.

It is never too early to teach a child about pedestrian safety

Parents in Springfield who have children of elementary school age might have nightmares about their safety as pedestrians. There is no doubt that the impulsiveness and activeness of children under the age of 10 years make them unpredictable, and they are still in need of supervision and guidance. If you have a young child, you might be interested in learning that most fatal pedestrian accidents involving young children involve boys, and they occur during the hours after school.

Although you might actively attempt to teach your child about pedestrian safety, a few pointers suggested by safety authorities might make your job easier. It often helps to look at typical circumstances that lead to pedestrian accidents involving young children.

Workers' Compensation Benefits For Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs

Firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) face unique risks associated with their jobs. They are routinely exposed to loud noises when responding to emergencies. They render medical assistance to accident victims and periodically expose themselves to the bodily fluids of those victims as well as bacteria, viruses and diseases.

Firefighters have the additional risks associated with fighting fires, responding to vehicle accidents, and inhaling the substances created by the fires which then contaminate the clothes they are wearing. Recent studies are pointing to the conclusion that firefighters face an increased risk of cancer and other medical conditions as a result of their job duties, especially fighting fires.

Much more than fire threatens firefighters in Illinois

Firefighters in Springfield and surrounding parts of Illinois frequently risk their lives to save others. However, along with the life-threatening hazards when they rush into burning buildings come a host of health risks not related to burn injuries. If you are a firefighter, you might agree that the rigorous training you receive might prepare you for the various emergencies you might encounter without paying enough attention to the personal health hazards you face.

Your occupation will always involve life-threatening risks, but you might be wise to take precautionary steps to avoid unnecessary exposure to threats that might compromise your personal health.

Will advanced technology ever eliminate pedestrian accidents?

Safety authorities have expressed concern about the nationwide pedestrian crisis, including Springfield and other Illinois cities. You might not be aware of the urgency by which automotive suppliers and manufacturers are tackling development projects to avert pedestrian accidents. There were great strides in the development of technologies to prevent crashes, and exciting plans exist that will focus on pedestrian safety.

Most new cars now come with crash-avoidance systems, safer infotainment systems, lane-departure warnings and even driverless cars -- all to protect occupants of the vehicles. Finally, some industrial manufacturers now focus on pedestrian safety.

Pedestrians are dying, and hit-and-run drivers are to blame

With all of the new technology and safety features in today's motor vehicles, you may think that the roads in Illinois are safer than ever. While the fatality rate has declined since the mid 20th century, it is now on the rise again. Right now, it is especially dangerous for pedestrians.

If you walk along sidewalks or anywhere near a roadway, you need to know that the frequency of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents is alarming many experts. Unfortunately, all of the safety technology in the world does not seem to prevent this terrifying increase of pedestrian deaths.

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