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The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article highlighting drug abuse in the workplace and the impact on employers. Apparently, the overall rate of workers in the U.S. who tested positive for drugs declined 18 percent between 2003 and 2013. However, the rate of use for certain opioids, including painkillers such as hydromorphone and hydrocodone, as well as heroin, has increased. As a result, at one manufacturer, 70 percent of applicants are failing required drug... Read More
Amputation of fingers or limbs is a serious risk for many machine operators throughout the United States. One of the leading causes of workplace amputation injuries is the lack of machine guards. When machinery guards are missing on a piece of machinery, the machine operator’s machine is unsafe and dangerous to operate, use or service.
According to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 8,000 non-fatal amputation cases occur annually in the private... Read More
The myth about retirement has long receded; once upon a time, there was an idea, a concept, an ethereal potentiality, of reaching a point of quietude where reflection, dispensing of wisdom, and calm gardening and tending to the passing of time would be the status of choice; but modern life has wreaked havoc upon such a notion. It was perhaps engendered by the character, Mose Harper (the sidekick of John Wayne) in John Ford's, "The Searchers", who only wanted a... Read More
Car and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Injuries from motor vehicle accidents account for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year.
A person can suffer a spinal cord injury from an auto accident if damage is done to any part of the spinal cord or nerve at the end of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the... Read More