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Are some more likely to drive drowsy than others?

Drowsy driving remains a serious, yet somewhat unknown, problem throughout the United States.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and injuries every year.

Power tool safety tips to help you prevent an injury

For many workers, using power tools is a way of life. From construction workers to mechanics, these tools go a long way in helping them perform at a high level.

However, when used improperly, a power tool has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Here are some safety tips you can follow to prevent trouble:

  • Always read the instruction manual: Before using a new power tool, read the instruction manual to ensure that you understand how it works, how to maintain it and other points that can keep you safe.
  • Disconnect tools when not in use: Don't leave a tool plugged in or powered up. If you need to leave the tool, turn it off and unplug it for the time being. This helps prevent an accident upon your return or if another person stops to use it.
  • Maintain proper footing: A slip and fall when using a power tool, such as a saw, greatly increases the risk of an accident. Keep your work area free of debris and wear shoes that will provide good traction.
  • Remove damaged or defective tools from the job site: After tagging the tool as "do not use," remove it from service and report it to your supervisor or employer.

Workers Compensation Lumbar Fusion Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after workers compensation lumbar fusion can be a slow process during which temporary total disability benefits are paid to you. Many surgeons prescribe outpatient physical therapy beginning about six weeks after surgery. This delay is needed to make sure the fusion is taking. You will probably need to attend therapy sessions for two to three months. Total healing can take 8 to 12 months. Therapy can usually progress faster in patients who had an instrumented fusion.

Knowing how to drive in snow can keep you safe this winter

As one of our Wisconsin readers, you're well aware of the snow that's sure to fall this winter season. Even if you're well-prepared for it, there's nothing more nerve-racking than finding yourself behind the wheel when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

These tips will help you drive safely in the snow this winter:

  • Slow down: If you only do one thing, let it be this. The slower you drive, the less chance there is of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Leave more space: Since it takes additional time to stop in the snow, you'll want to leave a greater following distance between vehicles. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of a rear-end accident.
  • Don't stop when going up a hill: You need to keep your momentum, as coming to a stop will make it extremely difficult to start back up. If you stop and find yourself stranded, consider if it makes the most sense to turnaround and head back to the bottom of the hill.
  • Stay home: Unless you absolutely need to drive in the snow, stay at home until conditions improve and/or road crews make the roads more passable.

How do you treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most well-known and common repetitive stress injuries. It can affect your hand, wrist and fingers, making it difficult to do your job and live your day-to-day life.

If you've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, such as the result of overuse of your hands in the workplace, your medical team will work with you to implement a treatment plan.

How to spot drunk drivers this holiday season

It doesn't matter if you're driving in a big city like Milwaukee or a smaller town, there's always a chance you could find yourself in close proximity to a drunk driver. This is particularly true during the holiday season, as more people are likely to consume alcohol at parties.

Here are some of the telltale signs that a person may be under the influence of alcohol:

  • Tailgating
  • Quick deceleration and acceleration, such as at traffic signals
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way road
  • Driving anywhere other than the road, such as in a bicycle lane
  • Striking or almost striking an object, such as a parked car or stop sign
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving and difficulty staying in their lane of travel
  • Stopping for no reason
  • Aggressive driving

How Much Does Workers Comp Pay in Wisconsin

Workers comp pay in Wisconsinis based upon several factors and the type of benefits. First, there is temporary total disability, or TTD benefits, which is paid to you after a work-related injury prevents you from working at all and you are still in the healing period. This can last from a few days to several years depending on the severity of the injury and the nature of the treatment. For injuries occurring in 2019, the maximum rate for TTD was $1,016 per week. Basically, workers compensation TTD pays at 2/3 of a person's weekly average wage, but the maximum wage rate is $1,524 in 2019. If a person earns a lower average weekly wage rate, then the weekly TTD rate would be correspondingly lower. For example, an average weekly wage of $600 would result in a workers comp TTD rate of $400 per week.

Follow these tips when working outdoors in cold weather

In the state of Wisconsin, working outdoors during the fall and winter months typically means dealing with cold temperatures.

If it's part of your job to work outdoors in cold weather, here are some tips you can follow to remain safe:

  • Dress appropriately: Don't skimp on your clothing, as doing so invites cold air to come into contact with your body. It's best to wear layers of loose-fitting clothing, as it protects you from the cold air while allowing your blood to freely circulate.
  • Protect exposed skin: This includes but is not limited to your hands, face and ears. These areas are often the first to become frostbitten, so protect them accordingly.
  • Take breaks: You want nothing more than to get the job done, but pushing yourself in extremely cold weather can result in serious illness or even death. Take regular breaks in a warm place, even if only for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
  • Drink warm beverages: While working, drink warm beverages, such as coffee or tea, to maintain your warmth and energy level.

Workers Compensation Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar fusion is a common type of surgery for workers with a serious low back injury. A fusion is a surgical procedure that joins two or more bones (in this case vertebrae) together into one solid bone. The procedure is called a posterior fusion because the surgeon works on the back, or posterior, of the spine. Posterior fusion procedures in the lumbar spine are used to treat work-related spine instability, severe degenerative disc disease, and fractures in the lumbar spine.

Painters and on the job injuries: You’re at risk

As a painter, you know exactly what you're getting into every day you arrive at work. But what you may not realize is that you're at risk of suffering an injury at some point.

Here are some of the many injuries that can plague you as a painter:

  • Falls from heights: When working on a ladder or scaffolding, you're always at risk of falling to the ground below. Do your best to protect against this, such as by using guardrails when painting on scaffolding.
  • Chemical exposure: Depending on the type of paint and related products you're using, you may come in regular contact with dangerous chemicals that can affect your nose, eyes and lungs.
  • Repetitive stress injuries: Day after day, you use the same body parts to do your job. For example, your arm goes up and down, hour after hour, as you stroke a paintbrush or roll a roller. Over time, this can result in a repetitive stress injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis or painter's shoulder.
  • Slips and falls: You're at risk of slipping on tarps you use to cover your workspace, tools, equipment or debris.

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