Why two hand controls are safer when operating industrial machinery
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
3w ago
If you work with heavy pieces of machinery, such as a hydraulic press, you theoretically just need to push one button to start the machine. However, many manufacturers actually include two controls, which must be pressed simultaneously in order to activate the machine. This is not just done with hydraulic presses, but with many other types of heavy machinery. Why are these devices seemingly over-engineered by putting two controls that the operator must use at the same time? Preventing amputation injuries is the objective The main reason for the two-handed controls is that these prevent very se ..read more
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Fatal car accident stats remain high in Maryland
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
1M ago
The U.S. saw a spike in car accident fatalities in 2020 and 2021. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 42,915 people are projected to have died in motor vehicle accidents across the country in 2021. This is a 10.5% increase from 2020’s fatalities. Notably, this is the highest number of fatalities the U.S. has seen since 2005. Where Maryland falls While Maryland was no exception to this in 2020, in 2021, the state saw a nearly 3% decline in car accident fatalities. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state saw 573 fatalities in ..read more
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Who should treat me for my injury?
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
1M ago
Suffering an injury at work is a stressful experience. Not only are you dealing with the pain and physical toll of the injury, but you’ll learn to navigate a new normal where you might need potentially significant time off from work. One of the biggest concerns that injured workers face is wondering whether they will lose their jobs if they are out for a long period of time. They may be concerned that they will be pressured into returning to work before they are fully healed simply because their boss says they are needed. What should workers know about when to return to work? The decision is u ..read more
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Third-party liability in workers’ compensation claims
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
1M ago
Workers’ compensation has long replaced the old system of filing lawsuits against employers after an accident at work. This provides a statutory solution and offers greater protection to injured employees. However, this does not mean that a lawsuit might be completely off the table following a workplace accident. If someone else was involved in your accident, it is possible to file a “third-party liability” claim against them to pursue damages. Third-party liability can extend to any individual or entity that is not your employer, such as a private individual, co-worker, the manufacturer of a ..read more
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A closer look at nail gun safety 
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
1M ago
Nail guns are a common sight in workshops and construction sites across Maryland. When used appropriately, they can increase productivity and efficiency at work. However, it is important to remember that nail guns are a powerful piece of equipment. According to the CDC, nail guns result in 37,000 emergency room visits annually and 68% of these visits involve workers. It only takes one small error or malfunction for something to go horribly wrong. Outlined below are a few examples of how nail gun accidents can occur. Faulty equipment Any tool that has the potential to be dangerous must be routi ..read more
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Is working in retail a safe option?
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
3M ago
Working in retail might initially seem like a safe option, compared to industries where the risks are more apparent like construction or manufacturing. However, the CDC states that retail work poses one of the highest risks for workplace violence. Depending on the environment, you might also be at risk for injuries from everyday hazards, like wet floors, falling equipment, repetitive motions and more. What should you know about staying safe as a retail worker? Beware of slips, trips and falls Slips, trips and falls are common causes of accidents in many retail stores. These can be due to a var ..read more
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Beware these forklift hazards
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
3M ago
Forklifts revolutionized warehouse and construction work. They improved efficiency and eased at least some of the physical duties of workers. Despite their many advantages, forklifts bring a lot of risks to both those operating them and those surrounding them. Driving forklifts comes with some dangers, as does merely being in the same space as them. Here are some key risks to be aware of: Poor or improper training According to OSHA, only trained and certified workers are able to operate a forklift. Untrained or poorly trained workers can pose a significant risk in the workplace. Speeding Any k ..read more
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Workplace ergonomics: 4 posture-related workplace injuries
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
4M ago
Poor posture at work is one of the major causes of work-related injuries. Ultimately, this can result in poor employee health and low productivity. Injuries associated with poor posture are generally referred to as ergonomic injuries. Ergonomic injuries can be acute (stemming from a single incident of trauma) or chronic (those that build up over time.) Essentially, these injuries affect the victim’s musculoskeletal function. Here are four types of ergonomic injuries that you can sustain at work. Tendinitis This is a general term that describes inflamed tendons – the thick fibrous tissues that ..read more
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Why are the roads so dangerous for teens during the summer?
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
4M ago
The weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day are some of the most dangerous for car accidents. This period, which AAA refers to as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, sees an increase in fatal crashes involving teen drivers. There are numerous reasons why this time of year can be so deadly. Summer fatal crash factors Between 2010 and 2019 during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, statistics show that seven people were killed every day in accidents involving a teen driver, compared with an average of six per day during other times of the year. During the summer, teenagers are on break from sc ..read more
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What dangers do construction trenches pose?
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by On Behalf of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
6M ago
Trenches are one of many hazards to be aware of if working on a construction site in Maryland. Gravity dictates that when you cut a trench into the ground, the surrounding earth wants to fall in and fill it. If you are inside when that happens, the consequences could be catastrophic. All construction employers must conduct continuing risk assessments to keep their workers safe. External factors such as weather, flooding and vibrations from heavy machinery can all destabilize a trench that was risk assessed as safe just days or hours earlier. Trench collapse is not the only risk to be wary of A ..read more
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