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McDonald's feels the heat as employees file OSHA complaints

The most common workplace injuries sustained by fast-food workers in Tennessee and around the country are burns. According to a workplace safety survey, 79 percent of all fast-food employees sustained burn injuries while performing their duties in the twelve months that were covered, and many were burned repeatedly. Given the exposed nature of many of the cooking surfaces and the fast pace required of its employees during a rush, some commentators say McDonald's prizes speed and sales over employee safety and proper training.

Head-on crash kills 1, injures 2 in Tennessee

Criminal charges are expected to be filed in Tennessee following a deadly crash that killed one out-of-state woman and injured two men on March 11. According to the accident report, the crash occurred when a Dodge Ram driven by a 54-year-old Kentucky man failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle at the intersection of Little Elk Creek Road and State Highway 297. Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers say that alcohol may be a factor in the fatal head-on collision.

Chain-reaction crash in Tennessee kills pickup truck driver

Authorities in Tennessee have reported that the driver of a pickup truck was killed in a chain-reaction accident on March 2. The man died after his vehicle was rear-ended while it was stationary at an intersection in Murfreesboro. There were no immediate reports regarding what factors may have contributed to the collision, and police say that their investigation into the incident is ongoing. The crash took place at the intersection of Airport Road and Memorial Boulevard shortly after noon.

Kinetic back brace could prevent workplace injuries

Goods from factories and farms pass through the hands of warehouse workers everyday, resulting in the repeated lifting and shifting around of boxes and other objects. Tennessee employees might be surprised that, according to 2013 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these activities caused more than 100,000 injuries in workplaces across the country. This figure is what a startup company aims to change. It has created a back brace that pairs with a wristband to detect when wearers are lifting objects and which muscles they are using to do so. The wearable device provides users with real-time feedback on whether or not they performed the lift safely. The company co-founder says that it could improve workers' awareness of how they are lifting boxes and objects so that they suffer fewer injuries on the job.

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