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Health officials stop admissions at site of adenovirus outbreak

10 children have died at the Passaic County care facility

The New Jersey Department of Health halted all admissions to the Wanaque nursing home that is ground zero for a deadly adenovirus outbreak. Health officials cited "imminent and serious risk of harm" to the children and adult patients at the Passaic County nursing home.

Since the initial outbreak in October, health inspectors have observed care workers improperly washing their hands. Unsanitary practices are believed to be the cause of the viral outbreak, which has already resulted in the deaths of 10 children.

4 safety steps your employer must take

Your employer has an obligation to keep you safe in the workplace, preventing injuries and providing a safe environment. If this does not happen, injury risks rise, and you may need compensation for any injuries that result.

Four steps that companies need to take are:

  • Offering safety training to any and all employees who need it. For instance, if employees will be working with heavy machinery, they need to be trained in how to use that machinery properly and safely before being put on the job. This does take time, but employers cannot skip that step just to save money or increase production.
  • Putting up the job safety notice that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approves in a place where workers can see it.
  • Ensuring that there are no obvious safety and health hazards that put workers at serious risk.
  • Making reports and keeping records whenever workers are exposed to hazardous materials, injured on the job or even killed on the job. All accidents and incidents need to be tracked, both to help with the case after the incident and to help reduce the odds of the same thing happening to someone else in the future.

15 reasons we cannot shake the car accident epidemic

In the United States, we lose tens of thousands of people to car accidents every year. Most of the time, the reason for a crash is little more than driver error.

You would think that the dire statistics would make people reassess the way that they drive, especially when they see that human error takes most of these lives. However, though the numbers have been slowly falling over the years for the most part, people certainly have not made a drastic effort to reduce crash statistics. There is a good chance that the most dangerous thing you do every day is simply driving your car to work.

Seeing both parents really is best for the children

Custody battles often happen during a divorce when one parent is attempting to get sole custody, keeping the kids from living with the other parent. That second parent either also wants sole custody or at least wants an even split of the time.

The courts, however, are not all that concerned with what the parents want. They attempt to do what is best for the children. That's the priority, even when the parents themselves do not like the outcome.

Report: Temporary workers account for 1 in 6 deaths

Being a temporary worker is dangerous. The number of temp workers in the United States has been climbing over the years, setting records even back in 2016 when it reached 3 million, and these workers are in danger of getting injured or killed on the job.

When looking at fatal accidents, reports claim that temp workers pass away at a rate of about one out of every six fatal workplace incidents. That's about 17 percent of the total.

Microwaveable soup containers are notoriously dangerous

When you think of soup, you picture comfort food on a wintry day or TLC from Mom on a sick day. You don’t associate it with a trip to the emergency room.

But children’s doctors warn that soup is not always good for kids. A new study reveals that more than 9,000 children go to the ER every year for severe burns from soup. The report specifically singles out prepackaged soup and ramen noodles in dangerously tall or dangerously flimsy containers.

How do you approach your divorce on social media?

Social media is a big part of your life. It's how you stay in touch with friends and family members. When you got married, you posted a lot of those wedding pictures and changed your marital status.

But now you're getting divorced. Suddenly, social media feels like something new and different. It's hard to find advice on how to handle it. What should you do?

Questions to ask when deciding if you should rent or buy

Are you trying to decide if you should sign a lease and rent a home or if you should get into the market and buy a house? It's a big decision, and it can be intimidating. There is a lot at stake. To help you, here are a few questions you should ask before making your choice.

1. Can you cover the extra costs of owning a home?

4 things you can do to help doctor-patient communication

A doctor can certainly be negligent without any malicious intent. Negligence just means you do not get medical care that is up to acceptable standards.

Unfortunately, medical negligence can lead to serious complications. For instance, if a doctor does not get to know you and confuses your records with another patient's, you could be prescribed a medication to which you have an allergy. If the doctor does not look into your issues or listen to you during the appointment, you could have a serious ailment left undiagnosed and untreated.

What if my workplace injury was my fault?

People hesitate to file workers’ compensation claims for many reasons. Fear for their job. Loyalty to the employer. Misinformation about their rights. Or sometimes feelings of guilt.

If you were injured on the job through your own carelessness or clumsiness, it should not stop you from filing a claim. Your honesty is admirable, but you are entitled to workers’ comp benefits no matter what happened.

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