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February 2016 Archives

Work-related hearing loss rates in different industries

Many New Jersey residents suffer from hearing loss, and some people suffer a loss of their hearing because of their workplace environments. A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has looked at the incidence of hearing loss as well as the industries with the highest rates.

What you should know about appealing a workers' comp denial

Following a workplace injury or illness, you may be unable to immediately return to work. This could leave you unsure of how you will cover the costs that arise while recovering. The good news is workers' compensation benefits may be available. Unfortunately, these benefits are not always easy to secure or they may end prematurely. Not getting the benefits you need can be frustrating and you may not know what to do.

Driverless cars move a step closer to approval

Google's hopes of developing a self-driving car have taken a significant step forward after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said that under federal law, the artificial intelligence in the vehicle could be considered the driver. Vehicle manufacturers and tech companies involved in developing driverless vehicles for use in New Jersey and around the country have been stymied by federal and state safety regulations that in some cases may need to be rewritten to accommodate the new technology.

Preventing work-related eye injuries

Workers in New Jersey can be at risk for eye injuries if they work around chemicals, harmful radiation or flying objects like sawdust. To prevent serious eye injuries, workers should use protective eyewear when necessary. Employers can help to mitigate the harmful effects of toxic substances on the eyes by installing eyewash stations. If a worker's eye is scratched, artificial tears can be used to keep the eye moist.

Volvo says car-related deaths may soon be thing of the past

According to Swedish automaker Volvo, all of its vehicles will be "death-proof" by the year 2020, making the roads of New Jersey and other states much safer. The company believes that the adoption of self-driving cars and the increased use of other advanced safety technologies will be major factors in reducing auto fatalities.

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