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Nonsurgical and surgical treatment of a broken ankle

A broken ankle is a serious injury that requires immediate and oftentimes ongoing medical attention. Without the right treatment plan in place, you're taking the risk of this injury bothering you for the rest of your life.

There is more than one way to treat a broken ankle, with both nonsurgical and surgical options on the table. It's important to work closely with your medical team to determine which approach makes the most sense.

Simple tips for sharing the road with commercial trucks

If you live in the state of Pennsylvania, there's a good chance you spend time on the many highways that crisscross the state. When you find yourself on the highway, it's imperative to do whatever you can to safely share the road with commercial trucks.

Driving in close proximity to tractor-trailers is easier said than done, but there are some basic tips you can follow to enhance your safety. Here are three tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Keep a safe distance: There is never a good time to drive too closely to a commercial truck. If you drive a few feet behind a large vehicle, the driver may not be able to see you. The same holds true if you're right next to the truck. When you keep your distance, you'll feel better about your ability to remain safe.
  • Take caution when passing: Due to the size of their vehicles, truck drivers often have a difficult time maintaining their speed. Subsequently, there will be times when you want to pass a truck. When doing so, leave plenty of space before pulling in front of the truck. Also, if you're unable to pass safely, drop back for the time being and wait for a better time.
  • Watch for wide turns: Even though you're most likely to run into commercial trucks on the highway, this can happen in the city and other areas. Truckers often need to make wide turns in close quarters. If you're not careful, a trucker may not see you when setting up their turn, thus causing an accident.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules on workers' compensation case

Recently the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling involving an insurance company's ability to sue in a case where a worker is injured if the worker doesn't join the lawsuit.

The case involved a woman who was injured while working at a Thrifty Rental Car office back in 2013. She was hit by a rental vehicle as she stood in the parking lot, and suffered head, neck and back injuries.

Dock workers must take steps to look out for their own safety

If you work at a distribution center, manufacturing plant or warehouse, then you're likely aware of how busy your facility's loading dock is. Since truckers are often on a set schedule, dockworkers must use forklifts to move things around quickly so that they can send them on their way. Having to rush to get things done leaves dockworkers vulnerable to getting hurt.

One of the best ways employers can keep their workers safe is for them to encourage them to keep the dock dry, clean or in otherwise good repair. This will help them avoid slipping, tripping or falling, something that the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) says accounts for at least 25 percent of all workplace injuries.

5 common injuries sustained in a car accident

If you're involved in a car accident, the first thing you should think about is your health and well-being. Although the condition of your vehicle is important to you, don't let this overshadow the fact that you need to receive immediate medical attention.

Since no two accidents and no two people are the same, there's no way of knowing what type of injuries you may suffer in a crash. Fortunately, with the right medical team on your side, you don't have to worry about overlooking something causing you pain or discomfort.

Poor floor conditions can cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident

When walking indoors, it's hard to get into the habit of watching every step you take. After all, you have better things to worry about during your workday. Unfortunately, it's possible you could be part of an indoor slip-and-fall accident if you're not careful (and even if you are).

These examples of poor floor conditions can result in a fall:

  • Lack of a warning sign when the floor is wet or being cleaned
  • Failure to use barriers to close off floors that are unsafe for pedestrians
  • Using too much polish or wax
  • Using polish or wax on an incline, decline or stairs
  • Treating one part of the floor with polish or wax, but not another
  • Failing to use non-skid ingredients
  • Worn out or torn carpeting or rugs
  • Any type of debris, ranging from a gum wrapper to a newspaper
  • Broken or missing step

Winterize your car for safer wintertime driving

As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you expect to face harsh weather conditions during the winter months. From cold temperatures to snow and ice, you're not surprised by anything that moves into the area.

Driving in inclement weather is never fun, however, there are steps you can take to ease the stress of doing so. For example, the way you winterize your car is important. Here are a few things to consider doing before the dead of winter arrives:

  • Complete all scheduled maintenance: Your mechanic can check on this for you, paying close attention to things such as fluids, hoses and belts. Inspecting these things before winter can help protect against a breakdown.
  • Check your tires: Not only should your tires have enough tread to contend with winter weather, but they must also be properly inflated. Inspect your tires once before winter and then monthly throughout the season.
  • Test your lights and windshield wipers: Both of these things are critical to your safety when driving in the winter. If either of these is malfunctioning, visit your mechanic to find out why.
  • Inspect your battery: A bad battery is not likely to make it through the winter season. If your mechanic suggests replacing it, do so immediately. Waiting is a risk, as you don't want to find yourself stranded in cold weather.
  • Keep gas in your tank: There is more than one reason to do this. First off, it helps prevent your gas from freezing. Next, it lessens the likelihood of running out of gas and becoming stranded.

A customer throws hot tea in a Chinese worker's face

A customer apparently became so angry with a Chinese restaurant worker on Nov. 6 in Philadelphia that they threw a cup filled with hot tea in their face. The victim is now being treated for both second- and third-degree burns in an area hospital. A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson says that they're still trying to track down the person responsible for doing this.

The incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. at the Silver Chopsticks, located along the 4700 block of North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Surveillance cameras positioned in the restaurant captured the incident as it happened.

Certain industries continue to be plagued by worker injuries

New data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 8 showed that 45,800 fewer worker illnesses and injuries were reported in 2017 compared to the previous year. Despite this reduction, a staggering 2.8 million workers ended up getting hurt or falling ill last year -- a rate that equates to 2.8 per every 100 full-time employees.

The four industries with the highest number of injury or illness cases in 2017 were storage and warehouses, social services, administrative support and hospitals. Workers in each of these industries lost as much as 15,000 days of work because they were hurt or sick in 2017. The number of cases affecting warehouse workers increased between 2016 and 2017. The numbers in the other three industries were down from the previous year.

Follow these tips for a safer holiday road trip

Millions of people find themselves on the road during the holiday season. It doesn't matter if you're driving across the state of Pennsylvania to visit friends or to another part of the country to visit family, your safety and well-being should always be at the forefront of your mind.

A holiday road trip can be loads of fun, but only if you remain safe during your travels. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Inspect your car before leaving: If you don't have the knowledge, take your car to a local mechanic for a once over. Once you know your car is in good condition, you'll feel much better about hitting the road.
  • Plan for an emergency: You hope nothing goes wrong during your road trip, but you have to plan for the worst. You could be part of a car accident. You could find yourself broken down on the side of the road. Knowing what to do will give you peace of mind.
  • Know where to call for help: Planning for an emergency means knowing where to turn for help, such as calling your insurance company if you're part of an accident or AAA if you need a tow or gas.
  • Get enough rest: Depending on the length of your road trip, you may struggle to stay energized when behind the wheel. Driving drowsy is a risk you don't want to take, so make sure you get enough rest.
  • Avoid distractions: The longer you're on the road, the easier it is to search for distractions to pass the time. This can include things such as texting your friends, calling your loved ones, conversing with passengers and scrolling for the perfect song. Any distraction increases the risk of an accident.
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