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Alabama workplace fatalities plummeted from 2008 to 2009

Workplace fatalities in Alabama dropped to their lowest levels in 2009. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 workers were killed on the job that year – the lowest total annual (and most current calculation) for the state since the BLS first started tracking workplace fatalities in 1992. The 2009 total represents a decrease of 37 fatalities from the 107 recorded in 2008, a 35-percent drop. Even more remarkably, the 2009 totals represent a 55-percent decline since 1996 when 155 workplace fatalities were recorded. The most frequent types of workplace fatalities in Alabama were highway incidents (14), homicides ... Read More

Georgia company cited for multiple amputation hazards and other dangers

Several amputation risks were among the hazards that inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Atlanta office found throughout a Dalton, Georgia-based carpet graphics company. OSHA announced last week that it would propose penalties of $45,000 for safety and health violations it found while inspecting Qualitech Graphics Inc. in January. Workplace amputations are some of the most traumatic, debilitating, and unfortunately common accidents that happen to workers on the job. Sometimes the loss of fingers or limbs is a result of malfunctioning or improperly maintained equipment. Sometimes it’s a result of working around dangerous machines that lack the proper ... Read More

Study: Motorcycle helmets prevent head injury, spinal cord injuries, death

Motorcycle helmets may not only help prevent death and serious injury to the head, they may also prevent cervical spine injuries by as much as 22 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was spawned by a study 25 years earlier that suggested that wearing a helmet during a motorcycle crash could increase the likelihood of a serious spinal cord injury. That study had been heavily criticized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and was proven unfounded, ... Read More

AHIF – Improving life after Traumatic Brain Injury

Every year, thousands of people in Alabama fall victim to the “silent epidemic” – they are permanently disabled or killed as a result of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Brain injury is the fastest growing disability in America, and the number one killer and disabler of youth. Yet, many people are still unaware of the prevalence of brain injury, and its often devastating impact. It is the mission of the Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) to provide assistance to people directly affected by TBI, and to raise awareness about this important issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates ... Read More

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declares March Brain Injury Awareness Month

MONTGOMERY, AL – Governor Robert Bentley has proclaimed March 2011 as Alabama Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) announced today. Each year in the state, almost 10,000 people receive a brain injury, 500 die and 1500 become disabled as a result of injuries. By making this designation for the State, Alabama joins the national observance of Brain Injury Awareness this month. The leading causes of head injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are falls (28%), motor vehicle crashes (20%), struck by/against events (19%) and assaults. Other TBI sources include military incidents and athletic injuries. ... Read More

Darvocet manufacturer touts new FDA-approved painkiller Zipsor

The Food and Drug Administration’s ban of Darvocet, Darvon, and other propoxyphene-based drugs from the market last November undoubtedly deals the manufacturer, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals,  quite a blow, for the pain killer was one of the top-25 most prescribed drugs in the United States, going out to 10 million Americans on average every year. But as the FDA ordered Xanodyne to study Darvocet’s effects on the hearts of healthy patients, and as more and more countries began removing Darvocetand similar drugs from the market, Xandoyne was developing new painkillers that may potentially find a seat on Darvocet’s vacant throne. On its ... Read More

Who is responsible for deaths, injuries caused by Darvocet, Darvon?

Who is responsible for the deaths and serious injuries caused by propoxyphene-containing drugs, such as Darvon and Darvocet? Most people might assume that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which approves and regulates food and drug products in the United States, should be held accountable for products it approves that turn out to cause more harm than good. Yet, the government agency cannot be sued. So who is responsible? Product liability lawyers say that drug companies bear the ultimate burden of making sure their medications are not only effective, but safe for consumers. Drug companies are fully aware of the ... Read More

CPSC mandates new crib safety standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to implement new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs, effective June 2011. These new standards are mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Federal crib standards had not previously been updated in nearly 30 years. The new rules are expected to “usher in a safer generation of cribs,” according to a CPSC news release. Already, on Dec. 15, the CPSC voted unanimously to ban the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs in the United States. These new safety standards enhance that decision. In addition ... Read More

Children seriously injured by overdose of cough suppressant

Reports of serious side effects and deaths in children accidentally ingesting Tessalon (benzonatate), a prescription cough medicine, has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a warning to consumers to keep the medication out of reach of children, especially those under then age of 10. The agency warned that the round, liquid-filled gelatin pills may look like candy to children, but an overdose of the medication can have serious consequences. Benzonatate was approved as a cough suppressant by the FDA in 1958. It is used to reduce cough in various respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, influenza, ... Read More

Parody of BCP commercials does not diminish safety concerns

Sarah Haskins of Target Women, a recurring segment on Current TV’s weekly television show, infoMania, is known to some for her take on the often-ridiculous way the media reaches out to women. In this episode she tackles birth control commercials from Seasonique, Yaz and NuvaRing. Sarah’s take on the commercials is hysterical, but the ads alone are often comical with women kicking away signs of irritability and moodiness, and cartoon girls diving into pools. “We all know that birth control pills are 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. But did you know there is a pill that can do more?” ... Read More