Strollers and child carriers injure 2 children per hour

Tennessee parents may be alarmed to learn that an average of two American infants are injured every hour in accidents involving strollers and child carriers. Researchers from one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals studied 20 years of federal accident data, and they discovered that more than 350,000 children were treated in emergency rooms between 1990 and 2010 after being injured while in a stroller or child carrier. More alarmingly, most of these children suffered the type of head injuries that can cause developmental problems later in life. The results of the research were published on Aug. 16 in Academic Pediatrics.

The vast majority of the injuries studied by researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital were caused by strollers or child carriers tipping or falling. The children involved most commonly suffered head or neck injuries, and about a quarter of the children injured in stroller accidents and approximately a third of those injured while in child carriers suffered concussions or traumatic brain injuries.

True cost of drowsy driving difficult to estimate

Motorists in Tennessee and throughout the country may be more likely to drive while fatigued if they are teenagers or young adults or if they work the night shift. These were among the findings in a report released on Aug. 8 by the Governors Highway Safety Association. According to the report, in 2015, about 5,000 fatal crashes were the result of drowsy driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers the problem of driving while fatigued serious enough that it added drowsy driving to its list of impaired driving behaviors that includes distracted driving and driving under the influence. However, experts say that the true scope of the problem is difficult to track. Because law enforcement does not have protocols in place for identifying drowsy drivers and people may be reluctant to self-report, the actual numbers might be higher.

Man dies after being hit by car while mowing lawn

A Tennessee man died on July 31, eight days after being hit by a car as he mowed his lawn in Alcoa. A 25-year-old Maryville woman was arrested and charged in connection to the incident.

According to the Alcoa Police Department, the suspect was driving a 1995 Honda Accord west on Middlesettlements Road on July 23 when she veered across the eastbound lane and struck the man, who was on a riding lawnmower. The victim suffered critical injuries and was transported by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he died days later.

Social media use behind the wheel adds to driver distractions

As people in Tennessee become more connected with their smartphones, more and more accidents are caused by distracted driving. Talking on cell phones, texting, and now even posting to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram take drivers' attention off the road.

Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance have partnered to study what teenagers consider unsafe driving behaviors. This national survey of 2,500 teenagers revealed that the majority of them did not rank social media use by drivers as very dangerous. According to the survey results, 29 percent of teenagers ranked drunk driving as the greatest threat on the road. A mere 6 percent of respondents considered looking at social media sites while driving to be the most dangerous activity. Teens displayed greater knowledge of the danger of texting while driving, with 25 percent of them recognizing its hazards.

When employees are eligible for workers' compensation

Tennessee employees who are injured in a car accident while commuting to or from work are generally not eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, if they are leaving the job site to run a work-related errand or travel to another work site and are injured, they may be covered under their employer's workers' compensation policy.

In order to be eligible for workers' compensation, the employee must be traveling while on company time. However, there are a couple of exceptions. Those who are commuting in a company vehicle covered with company logos may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, as some states regard it as a moving advertisement . Those who are driving their own vehicle may be eligible for benefits if traveling is directly part of the job.

U.S. leads wealthy countries in traffic deaths

Tennessee drivers may be under the impression that U.S. roadways are safer than those of other countries. However, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the U.S. has a reduced its car accident fatality rate far less than 19 other wealthy nations.

According to the report, which was released July 6, the U.S. has reduced its vehicle accident death rate by 31 percent over the past 13 years. That is good news, but 19 other wealthy countries have done much better over the same period of time, averaging a decline of 56 percent. Spain's death rate has plummeted by a remarkable 75.1 percent, and Denmark's rate has dropped by 63.5 percent. The U.S. has seen the slowest rate of reduction. The CDC reports that another 18,000 American lives could have been avoided if the U.S. had matched the death rate reduction average of other wealthy countries.

Regulators strive to control product safety problems

Whether they're buying food or an automobile, every consumer in Tennessee depends on manufacturers to produce safe products. Many laws and standards developed by public and private entities seek to ensure safety. However, safety issues persist across many industries.

In 2015, the automotive industry experienced a record-breaking number of recalls. Various automakers had to recall 51 million vehicles. The food industry is another source of danger for consumers. Data collected by researchers in Switzerland revealed that food recalls had doubled around the world since 2002.

Tractor-trailer advances could reduce crashes in Tennessee

Emergency braking technology in tractor-trailer trucks may be taking a major step forward with the Evasive Maneuver Assist. Unveiled by manufacturers ZF and WABCO on June 28, the system is designed to take control of a truck and steer it around a stopped vehicle if it cannot brake fast enough. EMA is scheduled to be ready for use in three to four years.

The technology is a combination of the ReAX steering system made by ZF and the ONGuard braking system used by WABCO. EMA uses radar to detect vehicles on the road and a variety of signals to alert a driver that a crash may be imminent. If a driver doesn't take action after being alerted to an oncoming vehicle, the braking system will take over.

What benefits are injured employees supposed to receive?

Workers in Tennessee who suffer injuries in the workplace may be eligible to collect workers' compensation benefits. First, however, their injuries must be compensable, which means that authorized physicians have to determine that the injuries were related to their job. Employers are responsible for providing injured workers a list of at least three doctors who practice nearby and are willing to provide treatment involving workers' compensation cases.

The first benefit that injured employees could be entitled to is reimbursement for medical treatment provided by authorized physicians. Employees who have to travel more than 15 miles to receive care may request reimbursement for mileage as well.

Health care workers face many workplace hazards

People employed in the health care industry in Tennessee, especially those who directly deliver patient care, experience a very high rate of workplace injury and illness. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has calculated that patient caregivers are injured at nearly double the rate of construction workers.

Safety experts have also identified outright violence in the workplace as a threat. Of the over 18 million people employed in the health care sector, the overwhelming majority are female. Women are more vulnerable to attacks from patients, visitors and co-workers, especially when they are in remote areas of a large building or when staff levels are low.