March 2018 Archives

OSHA promotes trench safety awareness

Workplace safety numbers from fiscal year 2016 show that trench- excavation-related deaths have nearly doubled over the previous five years. Federal officials have responded by putting increased emphasis on trench safety awareness and enforcement of existing regulations during the current fiscal year. Missouri construction workers should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires implementation of specific safety procedures whenever work requires excavation or working in trenches.

Mistaken diagnosis can be a major malpractice concern

For patients in Missouri, one of the most concerning aspects of going to the hospital could be the dangers posed by misdiagnosis and other kinds of medical errors. Across the United States, errors related to diagnosis are the most common source of medical malpractice claims, says a new study produced by a medical malpractice insurance company. When reviewing claims filed between 2013 and 2017, the report said that a full 33 percent related to errors made when diagnosing the patient, including misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a severe illness such as cancer.

OSHA announces delay of beryllium standards enforcement

Missouri employers and employees should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has pushed back the enforcement date of beryllium standards to May 11. The agency's final rule on beryllium standards was published in January 2017, and enforcement was originally scheduled to begin on March 12.

OOIDA appeals ruling to full Eighth Circuit

A motion filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit could have an impact on Missouri truckerss. The OOIDA claims that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration illegally altered sleep apnea testing rules. According to the OOIDA, a 2013 law required the FMCSA to use the formal rulemaking process to make changes to sleep apnea screening and testing regulations.

Did surgical or post-surgical mistakes cause your sepsis?

One of the risks involved in any surgical procedure is infection. Your surgeon and the medical personnel attending to your care before, during and after the procedure know this and should take the appropriate precautions to make sure that you don't contract an infection.

Upswing in black lung cases troubles doctors

Black lung has always been one of the greatest health concerns faced by coal miners in Missouri and throughout the country. However, as the 21st century dawned, it seemed that the disease was on its way to being defeated. Caused by exposure to coal mine dust, black lung cases were dropping dramatically, and there were only 31 cases of the most severe form of the disease noted by experts. However, as the century has progressed, the opposite has taken place, and hundreds of new cases of black lung are causing severe concern to doctors and epidemiologists as well as affected workers.

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