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Should you let your kids get on carnival rides?

Autumn in New Jersey is a beautiful time of year. Burlington residents often engage in outdoor activities that won't be possible to do once the weather turns cold and the snow begins to fall.

It's often a time for carnivals to make their last passes through the northeast before heading down to the southern circuit for the winter months. In fact, your kids may already have been begging for a chance to go on some rides and scarf down some Midway food. Should you allow them to go?

Radiation exposure a concern for health care workers

Radiation exposure can be a serious concern for many New Jersey workers, including people working in the health care industry. Doctors and radiology technicians are exposed to radiation on a daily basis, and even people in lucrative, highly paid and specialized positions need to be alert to the potential effects of radiation exposure. Everyone experiences some radiation through daily life and devices like mobile phones and microwaves. Occupational exposure is different, however; it usually involves short-wave radiation carrying higher energy levels and capable of disrupting cells. Exposure to this type of radiation on the job can increase workers' risk of developing cancer over time.

Low exposure carries a lower risk, and most modern medical equipment is engineered to provide protection for workers, technicians, professionals and physicians as well as patients. However, exposure to radiation may add up over time, and occupational disease caused by exposure may only become apparent years down the line. Dosimetry can be an important part of measuring exposure and ensuring that individual workers do not exceed the cumulative guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dosimetry systems usually involve workers wearing badges that are sensitive to radiation. These badges provide readings about the dose received by the worker at any given time.

Floor markings can increase workplace safety

New Jersey businesses can improve worker safety and productivity simply and cost-effectively by the use of floor markings. Floor markings can provide workers with important information about the locations of tools, work spaces and safety equipment. They can aslo improve the facility's emergency procedures and strengthen safety levels for the facility overall. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published recommended color codes for floor markings and other notices.

A company's emergency action plan can be improved by the use of floor markings, which can indicate pathways for emergencies like natural disasters, chemical spills and fires. Glow in the dark tape can be used so workers can see floor markings even in darkness. Markings can be utilized to prevent workers and others from blocking emergency equipment like fire extinguishers and first aid installations by cordoning off the areas around them. Some of these markings may be required by the state's building codes.

Fatigue provides the silent cause of many workplace accidents

Long hours at work and inadequate sleep quietly take a toll on workers in New Jersey and nationwide. Sleep researchers have determined that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily, but roughly 30% of civilian workers fail to get six hours of sleep as of the mid-2000s according to the National Health Interview Survey. Sleep deprivation reduces muscle coordination and raises the risk of falling, stumbling or dropping objects. Cognitive difficulties also arise that erode workers' ability to function.

In general, people have a poor ability to recognize the impairment caused by lack of sleep. They continue to work long hours unaware of the risk. The chance of injury goes up when shifts exceed eight hours. At 10 hours, risks rise by 13%. At 12 hours, the dangers jump by 27.5%. Overall, researchers estimate that sleep deprivation contributes to 13% of workplace injuries. An estimated 20% of the population puts in over 48 hours on the job every week.

Man suffers fatal injuries in elevator accident

In New Jersey and across the nation, accidents involving elevators seem rare. Unfortunately, they do happen, and people suffer injuries and fatalities because of them. If an elevator accident happens, it could be due to a failure to ensure that it was in safe working condition. Those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in this type of incident should know what steps they should take.

An elevator accident claimed the life of a 30-year-old man in August. According to the investigation, the man was found trapped between the first floor and the basement, and emergency crews were unable to save his life. After assessing the case, the medical examiner determined it to have been an accident.

A concussion can throw your life into turmoil

Any type of brain injury has the potential to throw your life into turmoil. In addition to the pain and discomfort, you may find it difficult to live your day-to-day life.

While a concussion is not the most serious brain injury, it's nothing to take lightly. If you neglect to receive the appropriate treatment, it could result in additional damage and a longer recovery period.

Traumatic brain injury symptoms you must watch for

A brain injury is the possible result of many types of accidents, including a slip-and-fall accident. The sudden jarring that comes with this type of accident can cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. You might suffer a concussion or a more serious brain injury in these cases.

If there is any chance that you were injured, you need to seek medical care quickly to ensure that you are getting the help you need to address any problems that might creep up. In some cases, you might not notice signs right away so remain vigilant about paying close attention to how you are feeling.

Legionnaires' outbreak in hotel affects over 60

New Jersey residents may have heard that the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, was the site of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak between June 22 and July 15. The hotel's general manager and the companies that own and maintain the hotel are now facing a lawsuit from a 67-year-old professional photographer who contracted the disease while photographing a conference there.

The photographer is far from the only victim. One of the lawyers representing the victim has stated that 40 other people became sick at the Sheraton Atlanta. In all, there are over 60 probable cases of the disease and at least one fatality, according to a representative for the Georgia Department of Public Health. On July 15, the hotel voluntarily closed. It reopened on August 15 after a thorough cleaning of the water system.

Wayne Newton sued after pet monkey allegedly bit tourist

New Jersey residents may have heard that a Las Vegas woman is suing Wayne Newton after the entertainer's pet monkey allegedly attacked her daughter. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff is seeking a minimum of $15,000 in compensatory damages.

The incident was supposed to have taken place in October 2017 during a tour of the Casa de Shenandoah, a mansion of Wayne Newton's that was sold to investors back in 2010 and made into a museum. This estate features gardens, exotic animals and a stable for the Las Vegas performer's horses. The plaintiff and her daughter, who was 15 years old at the time, went on the tour upon invitation.

Head-on collision claims both drivers in Burlington County

No one ever imagines when they kiss their spouse, children or parents good-bye and head out for their work shift that it will be their last time doing so.

But since no one has a lease on life, any one of a number of unfortunate tragedies can occur. Recently, an early morning collision in Burlington County claimed the lives of both drivers.