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The nursing home staff seems busy: Is that good or bad?

You've heard enough horror stories about subpar care in the nation's nursing homes to be wary about putting your mother or father in one without doing a bit of investigation first. So, you visit home after home looking for potential warning signs.

You find one home where the staff is definitely on their feet and active. In fact, it seems like everybody is quite busy attending to patient needs. Is this a good sign?

Electrical safety essential on construction sites

According to safety authorities, 52% of electricity-related workplace injuries and fatalities nationwide, including Georgia, happen on construction sites. It is not only electricians, overhead power line workers and engineers who face these hazards but also anyone who handles and maintains equipment powered by electricity. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety standards to prevent electrical shocks and electrocutions.

Your safety is the responsibility of your employer, and providing the necessary safety training is an excellent place to start. If you can identify potential hazards, you can avoid electrical accidents that might be fatal or cause severe electrical burns.

See a drunk driver? Make a report!

You see the car just ahead of you weaving over the yellow line, driving too slowly and stopping erratically. You suspect that the driver is drunk.

What do you do now? Thousands of people are faced with this question every year -- and the majority aren't sure how to handle it. You want to be safe, naturally, and you also want to take a responsible approach to the situation. Here's what you should do:

  • Do not attempt to overtake the vehicle or stop it yourself. That could cause an accident or lead to violence.
  • Make a mental note of the color, make and model of the vehicle you suspect has an impaired driver.
  • Note your location and the direction the other vehicle is traveling. Highway markers and cross streets are particularly helpful.
  • If you can see the driver, get as much information as you can to pass on to law enforcement, such as the driver's gender, age and physical description.
  • Stop your vehicle as soon as you can do so safely. You should do this before you attempt to make a report so that you aren't driving while distracted (which could also cause an accident).
  • Call *477, which will put you directly in contact with the Georgia State Patrol and is designed to capture reports of suspected impaired driving.
  • If you can't recall the number in the heat of the moment, call 911. While that doesn't get you a direct like to the Georgia State Patrol, it will get your message out.

Does 'more expensive' equal better nursing care?

When you're searching for an assisted living facility for your loved one, it's natural to equate "more costly" with "better care." Otherwise, why else would the price be so high, right? Your loved one is supposed to be getting more focused care in an assisted living facility than in a nursing home, after all.

Well, don't count on it. The Atlanta Journal Constitution's (AJC) late-2019 investigation into Georgia's elder-care facilities revealed a lot of disturbing information -- including the fact that you don't really get what you pay for when a loved one goes into a pricey assisted living facility. A costly facility is likely to have just as many problems as a less-expensive one.

Distracted driving leads to fatality in Georgia

Distracted driving is dangerous. No matter how many times it gets said, somebody still takes chances they shouldn't -- and other people can pay the price.

Police say that a 20-year-old Douglasville native caused a fatal accident while distracted by his cellphone. The resulting accident claimed the life of a 22-year-old Lithia Springs woman and injured her young child.

Occupational injuries and hotel workers

Hotel workers suffer a disproportionate share of the injuries seen among service industry workers in this country -- and their injuries tend to be more serious. In particular, workers tasked with cleaning hotel and motel rooms tend to suffer the most.

Why is working in a hotel so dangerous?

What are the injury dangers that retail workers face?

Consumerism is a big business here in Georgia. It's no wonder that many customers and employees alike get hurt while visiting or working at retail stores every year here. Although there are dangers associated with different types of retail establishments, there are certain ones that are common at all of them.

One of the more common hazards that retail store workers have to contend with is slippery or wet floors. These can be caused by several factors including customers spilling products, water being tracked inside the store from outside and employees not thoroughly mopping up messes, adequately buffering floors or cleaning up puddling from leaks.

Understanding how impairment affects your driving capabilities

Being involved in a collision can be a stressful and harrowing experience, and the fallout of such an incident could have a devastating impact on your health. Even a minor crash could disrupt your plans for the day and leave you shaken up or unnerved as you attempt to deal with the aftermath.

Although you may take every possible measure to prevent a crash from occurring, you can only control so much of what happens out on Georgia roads. Should you encounter an impaired driver as you travel, you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to react in time to steer out of the path of danger.

How understaffing makes a nursing home dangerous

Lots of people end up in nursing homes or extended-care facilities. While many of them are elderly, just about anybody can have a stint in a nursing home after they've been in an accident or go through a serious medical event. That's the accepted and trusted method for providing long-term care for people who cannot care for themselves for a while.

The only problem is that many nursing homes are very understaffed -- and "understaffed" means "unsafe." Federal standards on nursing home staffing haven't changed in more than three decades -- despite the fact that our nation's aging population has increased dramatically. The level of care nursing home staff members are expected to provide has risen exponentially.

After a slip and fall: What to do next

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere. Whether you tripped going down a dimly lit staircase or fell over a bucket the janitor left on the floor, you stand a good chance of experiencing a serious injury. After all, falls lead to about 8 million emergency room visits every year.

That makes it smart to understand what you should (and shouldn't) be doing after a fall. To best protect your interests:

  1. Get medical help. Some serious injuries may not be immediately clear, especially when it comes to hairline fractures or damage to your spine. If you're hurt, x-rays and a medical exam are in order.
  2. Report the incident. Whether you fell in the parking lot outside of the grocery store or in the middle of an aisle, make sure that you make a report as soon as possible.
  3. Keep your clothes and shoes. Preserving your clothes and shoes could be important, especially if the insurance company claims that your footwear was inappropriate and contributed to your fall or that your clothes could have caused you to trip. If you slipped on a spill, your clothes may also preserve evidence of what was there.
  4. Take notes. You should write down whatever you remember of the accident, take note of the treatment you've received, note the name of witnesses and anything else that you think could be important.
  5. Don't take calls from the insurance company. You can bet that the insurance company will be calling you as quickly as possible. They're hoping that you'll politely say something that can be taken out of context later to dispute your claim.

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