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Poor slip resistance on floors can lead to injuries

Researchers at CNA Financial Corporation have studied the slip and fall liability claims the insurer faced between 2010 and 2016, and they came to several conclusions that may intrigue business owners in New Jersey. Most importantly, in 50 percent of the surveyed sites, flooring did not meet the minimum threshold for dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) levels; in other words, they had inadequate slip resistance.

Real estate and retail businesses were the most prone to slip and fall accidents. Forty percent of slip and falls occurred on business entryways, 33 percent in parking lots, and 27 percent on sidewalks leading up to the entrance. Less than 1 percent took place on interior office floors.

Smartphones and traffic fatalities

New Jersey motorists who use their smartphones while behind the wheel should know that they increase the chances that they may be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Their behavior may also be a factor in the rise of traffic deaths.

Within the last two years, traffic deaths in the United States have jumped by 14.4 percent. This is after years during which the number of deaths had been declining. In 2016, there were over 100 deaths on average each day. Regulators have been unable to specify why traffic deaths are increasing. The distances people are driving have only increased by 2.2 percent in 2016.

Drivers may not benefit from new dashboard features

Drivers in New Jersey may think that a car is more convenient or fun to drive with voice controls or other modern features. However, research has shown that many dashboard features and other technology included in new vehicles may be more of a safety risk. A study was conducted by the University of Utah that had drivers between the ages of 21 and 36 perform a series of tasks while driving.

The study found that something as simple as listening to the radio could result in significant distraction. The use of a GPS as well as texting while driving were considered the two most distracting tasks that participants engaged in. In some cases, participants took their eyes off of the road for up to 40 seconds. They were also likely to have trouble staying in their lane or driving at the posted speed limit.

Warehouse worker dies in fall from forklift

Warehouse workers in New Jersey and throughout the country should be trained on forklifts if they are driving or working around them. They should also have the right safety and fall protection equipment to allow them to be lifted to high shelves. These were among the conclusions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after investigating a warehouse accident in which a worker was killed.

The 33-year-old man was being lifted on a pallet placed on a forklift to a shelf when he fell 7 feet to a concrete floor. He died in a hospital several days later. When OSHA investigated the accident, it identified several causes and made a number of recommendations to prevent similar incidents from happening.

Are a will and a living will the same thing?

Wills and living wills are two totally different documents. The most notable difference is that a will takes effect after you have passed while a living will has legal power while you are alive.

In most cases, if not all, it is beneficial for people to have both types of documents rather than just one or the other. Here is a look at these two types of wills.

Prevent accidents by always using headlights

New Jersey residents might like to know about multiple studies regarding headlight usage while driving. Using headlights throughout the day, even when it's bright out, may reduce the chances of an accident. Some vehicles do come with daytime running lights, but most do not have this feature. Therefore, it's usually up to drivers to turn on their headlights.

Even on clear days, headlights make vehicles more distinguishable to others. One study found a 10 percent reduction of accidents from daytime headlight usage. Another study found that permanent headlight usage leads to a 12 percent decrease in pedestrian accidents and a 5.7 percent drop in two-vehicle accidents. Better visibility is cited as the sole reason for lower accident rates.

IIHS research shows that anti-collision systems work

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that collision avoidance systems are helping to prevent accidents in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. These safety mechanisms are designed to prevent drivers from drifting into other cars or obstructions.

The conclusion by the IIHS that anti-crash technology systems are useful might get the attention of auto manufacturers and auto insurance carriers. Currently, only 6 percent of new vehicles come with standard lane-departure warning systems. Additionally, only 11 percent of vehicles sold have blind-spot alert systems as standard in basic models.

Whiplash: Causes, symptoms and complications

A whiplash injury occurs when your head suddenly moves backward and forward with force. This causes the muscles and ligaments in your neck to extend beyond the normal range of motion. Whiplash can happen for various reasons, and sometimes symptoms may not show up for several days or weeks. 

Some people mistakenly believe that whiplash is simply a mild condition. Unfortunately, it can lead to long-term complications. If you want to learn more about the causes, symptoms and complications of whiplash, keep reading below.

Study shows problems with safety reporting

Injury reporting at sustainable organizations in New Jersey and around the country is deficient, according to a report. Companies use many different report formats, terms, definitions and data collection and reporting methodologies, making it difficult for researchers to obtain an accurate picture of workplace safety.

According to the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, an examination of data that was reported between June and December 2016 revealed little improvement in reporting by sustainable corporations than what a previous study showed in 2013. The researchers found that the companies showed little compliance with a variety of different indicators of safety and health performance.

Creating advance directives for end-of-life medical care

As you begin the estate planning process, you might be concerned about end-of-life care. What happens if you become seriously injured, terminally ill or enter later stages of dementia? This can be a scary thought, as you would not be able to make decisions about your own health care.

Thankfully there are ways to ensure you get the care you want and relieve your caregivers of making difficult decisions on their own. Keep reading to learn how to establish an advanced health care directive.

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