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Watch out for these risks during the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year, but there are several ways the season can quickly turn into a difficult or even tragic time. Increased activity due to things such as more drivers on the road and crowded shopping malls means that there is an increased chance for injuries.

While there is no need to be alarmist about the increased risk of injury during the holidays, it is still opportune for you to be aware of these hazards so you can be vigilant. A few simple tips could help you avoid a serious injury or accident this holiday season.

Are car crashes involving smartphone use underreported?

Like other kinds of accident statistics, certain government agencies collect information about vehicle crashes and smartphones.

However, some of the data that states pass along to federal agencies seem incomplete, and the suspicion is that they underreport crashes involving smartphone use.

Working in a warehouse during the holidays? Watch out for hazards

Working in a warehouse always comes with some risks, but they can be extra dangerous during the holiday rush. As you work tirelessly to ensure items get to eager holiday shoppers, you may sustain an injury. In fact, injuries and fatalities among warehouse workers are higher than average.

The first step to avoiding a warehouse injury during the holidays is learning about the potential hazards. Here are common reasons for holiday warehouse accidents.

Potholes, tire trips and devastating rollovers

Given the perfect storm of circumstances, any vehicle of any size can roll over. However, the taller, narrower vehicles are most at risk since their center of gravity is higher.

No matter what kind of vehicle the accident involves, statistics show that “trips” are the cause of most rollovers. What does this mean?

Drowsy driving risks during holiday traveling season

The song that begins with, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go,” doesn’t end with, “But we never arrived because Dad fell asleep at the wheel.” However, this doesn’t mean that you and other Missouri residents should discount the hazards of drowsy driving when you are preparing to visit family during the holidays, or at any other time.

Drowsy driving is as much of a safety concern as distracted driving and drunk driving. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caution that getting behind the wheel while fatigued can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you’re running on little sleep, your reaction time, attention span and ability to make smart decisions are compromised – just the same as if you were driving drunk.

Causes and prevention of fall accidents in the elderly

One simple event can change your life. Slipping on a wet floor or tripping on a loose rug can cause you to fall and sustain an injury. According to MedicineNet, 30 percent of falls among elderly people occur in public places. If you are age 65 years or older, you may fear simple activities such as shopping or walking. 

Falls in senior citizens can occur for a variety of reasons. Here is some helpful information on what causes falls and how to prevent them. 

Top hazards for children during fall

Fall season means back to school, cooler weather and the start again of certain sports and extracurricular activities. It comes with fun holidays and harvest celebrations. There is much to look forward to.

However, like with anything else in life, fall also has its own hazards. Many of these affect school-aged children. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what they are and how to properly prepare your child to prevent the likelihood of an accident and injury occurring.

Shifting cargo can cause a devastating truck-car crash

You may feel a little uneasy if you are driving on a busy freeway wedged between two big rigs. Even worse, there is no way you can get away from them because other traffic has you blocked in.

Both semis are likely carrying thousands of pounds of cargo. You can only hope that those responsible for loading the trailers handled the job properly; cargo that shifts can cause a horrendous accident.

3 common job activities that cause repetitive stress injuries

When you imagine a workplace injury, you may think of a broken bone or brain injury. However, one of the most common types of occupational injuries is a repetitive stress injury. A cumulative trauma disorder refers to damage to tendons, nerves and muscles due to repetitive motions.

Repetitive stress injuries often affect the wrists, hands, neck, shoulders, elbows and forearms. A few of the most common repetitive injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis and tennis elbow. Here are some workplace activities that may lead to this type of trauma.

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