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These signs could point to a serious brain injury

Bodies try to warn people of illnesses and injuries in various ways. Of course, it is not always easy to know what your body is trying to tell you. You may think feeling sleepy means you need to go to bed and that a little forgetfulness is normal. However, if you have these feelings or others after a serious car accident, they could point to something more serious.

Unfortunately, it is easy to suffer serious injuries in a crash without immediately realizing it. In some cases, signs and symptoms of those injuries can show themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Though it may seem tempting to just brush certain symptoms off as nothing to worry about, if you have recently been involved in a car accident, going to the doctor is wise.

OSHA: Worksite safety emphasis must be proactive, constant

Implement strict protocols about workers wearing protective gear around power tools and machinery. Require supervisors to follow up promptly and in accordance with company policies concerning worker illnesses and injuries. Ensure that appropriate safety training is consistently provided to employees. Anticipate workplace risks and promptly address them.

That mantra-like list of admonitions is familiar and rigorously followed in good faith by legions of employers across Louisiana and the rest of the country. It has served companies well in diverse industries, with conscientious business owners and managers seeking to dutifully follow time-honored safety guidelines and promote positive workplace outcomes.

Hurricane seasons brings broad-based risks for many Louisiana workers

Louisiana home dwellers immediately come to mind in virtually any discussion of hurricane risks and adverse outcomes in the state, of course.

Federal and state safety regulators want an equally strong focus placed on the perils that state workers in many spheres face when working during and after such storms, too. And they want every such employee maximally protected against harm.

Better habits for truckers can make Louisiana roads safer

When a trucker is behind the wheel of a large truck or semitrailer, he or she is completely responsible for any choices that endanger others. One moment of distraction or one negligent choice can result in an accident that may change innocent people's lives. Even operating a large truck while fatigued can have devastating consequences.

Drowsy driving is especially prevalent in the trucking industry. Truckers have to spend long hours on the road, and abnormal sleep schedules can result in poor choices behind the wheel. By developing better habits, truckers can make it easier to stay awake and alert, reducing the chance that they will be in an accident. Of course, it is also critical to follow established regulations regarding consecutive driving hours and mandated rest breaks.

What's tapping the brakes on self-driving cars?

And that's not that's all bad. Notwithstanding developers' overt disappointment that self-driving cars aren't a flatly done deal on America's roadways, the gains made thus far are still impressive and bode well for the future.

Granted, they have turned out to be far more modest to this point than what many industry insiders and commentators had hoped for. Consider the oft-referenced and notably bold statement made by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in 2016. Foxx lauded next-stage developments linked with autonomous technologies and declared without reservation that self-driving cars in final form would be ubiquitous across the country by 2021.

Well, that date is rapidly approaching, with the secretary's declaration having turned out to far more whimsical thinking than a realistic assessment. A recent in-depth article on the subject matter published by the digital media company Vox points to "a lot of knotty problems to solve that are conspiring to delay the arrival of the technology." Surfacing problems relevant to every type of issue are reportedly "giving engineers fits." There is clearly a massive amount of work still to be done.

But, as noted, that reality shouldn't spawn abject negativity for self-driving advocates and the public in general. The bottom line stressed by Vox is that, while the race is not going to be quickly won, material gains are being systematically forged with technological enhancements that literally drive safer outcomes.

Consider this: Adaptive cruise control was an unknown concept just a few short years ago. Ditto enhancements like assisted steering and emergency braking.

We're getting there, notes Vox, although the finish line will mark the end of a marathon rather than a short all-out dash.

Gas fumes can lead to toxic exposure in the long and short term

Working in the oil and gas industry is not an easy occupation. Though you may have tried your best to handle your work-related duties as well as possible, you may not have escaped the potential dangers of your job. Unfortunately, individuals who face long-term exposure to petroleum or oil fumes can face negative health effects.

Though safety measures are undoubtedly in place to help you work more safely, you could still suffer the adverse effects of toxic exposure due to working around gas fumes. Even if you work out in the open, long-term exposure could cause your health to suffer.

Louisiana roadway deaths down, but improvement still needed

Fewer deaths to any degree is a flatly positive development, and Louisiana safety regulators are duly recognizing that fact. State Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lisa Freeman noted to an audience last week that Louisiana's traffic fatality rate is "the lowest it's ever been."

That is laudatory, of course. State administrators and safety principals duly enthuse over roadway safety statistics recently released by a research arm at Louisiana State University. Relevant numbers indicate that a sharp decrease in road fatalities spanning the state in 2019 reversed a five-year preceding trend of spiked deaths.

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