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Share the Road: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

How appropriate that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, during which the Grand Strand features two major motorcycle rallies. This time of year, South Carolina Highway Department (SCDP) responds to more motorcycle wrecks than at any other time of year. The Grand Strand Medical Center trauma team is getting ready for “bike month”, making sure Read More

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Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Prevent Work Accidents

There are many occupational hazards that employees are exposed to daily. Surprisingly, one that is often overlooked is not a chemical or a machine – it’s sleep deprivation. Per the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation “increases the likelihood of a workplace accident by 70%. The effects of fatigue have often been compared to the effects Read More

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Investigation on Additional 12.3 Million Vehicles for Airbag Malfunction

Malfunctioning Takata Airbags have been in the news since 2001, with the first recalls by Isuzu. According to NPR, this has been the largest ever recall on automobiles in United States history.(IbTimes) Defective Takata airbags are responsible for at least 15 deaths and 250 injuries in the US, to date. The first recalls were due Read More

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Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

On April 12th, Fisher-Price recalled all Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after at least 32 babies have died using the product. This voluntary recall covers nearly 5 million of the infant sleepers, which have been sold since 2009. If you have one of the Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, please stop using it immediately, and contact Fisher-Price Read More

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Firefighters Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims for Work-Related Cancer

74-year-old Steve Dillman, who spent 38 years as a firefighter, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2008. Doctors told him it was caused by smoking. Dillman says, “I thought it had to be job-related, because I’ve never smoked a day in my life. I don’t chew. I don’t drink excessively … and that’s the three Read More

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SC Ranked 10th Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Even though Americans are walking less, U.S. pedestrian deaths have risen by 45% since 2010. Cities are encouraging residents to walk and bike, but have not updated city streets (designed largely for motor vehicles) to accommodate pedestrians. Roads have been “engineered for fast-moving and unhindered vehicular traffic, with few pedestrian crossings…” (FastCompany.com) Where there are Read More

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Veterans Sue 3M for Hearing Loss

Hundreds of veterans are suing 3M, the company that manufactured and sold dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs to the military, under Government contract, between 2003 and 2015. The affected veterans say the earplugs were faulty, and have caused them permanent hearing loss. “3M touted its Combat Arms earplugs as capable of allowing users to hear commands Read More

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New Technology Makes South Carolina Railroads Safer

In 2008, a federal law was passed to require railroad companies to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) – “a system that combines GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor trains and stop them from colliding, derailing or speeding” by 2015. (CNN.com) PTC compensates for human error by monitoring train positions and track conditions. Unfortunately, in Read More

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South Carolina Motocross Facilities Unregulated

Thirteen-year-old Patrick Terry was killed in December of 2014 in a horrible accident that never should have happened. Patrick’s father, Ed Terry has sued Club MX in Chesterfield, SC for the wrongful death of his son. Patrick had begged his dad to take him to the motocross track in NC where they lived. His dad Read More

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Stem Cell Therapy: Safe and Effective for Relapsing MS

A recent study taking place in the US, UK, Sweden and Brazil proved Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCST) to be a safe and effective treatment for people with a relapsing form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). HSCT “is more effective at preventing disease progression compared to currently used disease-modifying therapies, according to the new study Read More

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