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How to work outdoors in extreme heat

With the hot summer season right around the corner, you may not be looking forward to working outdoors. However, if your job calls for it, it's critical that you prepare accordingly. With the right approach, you can maintain your safety all while completing your job as required.

Here are some tips for working outdoors in extreme heat:

  • Hydrate before you start: Before you get started, consume as much water as possible. This puts you in a good place as you begin your day. And of course, you should continue to hydrate throughout your shift.
  • Take breaks: When necessary, take a break in a cool place, such as indoors or under a tree. Even if it's only for five minutes, it helps your mind and body recover and stay fresh.
  • Watch for signs of dehydration: If your mouth and skin are dry, you feel dizzy and your breathing and heartbeat are picking up, there's a good chance you're moving toward a state of dehydration. You should immediately stop what you're doing, head for cooler temperatures and rehydrate.
  • Wear the right clothes: Choose clothes that allow air to circulate and your skin to breathe. If you're covered in heavy cotton, for example, it'll greatly increase the risk of dehydration.

Teen drivers are at risk of making many mistakes: Help them

As the parent of a teen driver, you're well aware of how nerve-racking it is every time they get behind the wheel. It's natural to have concerns, as you know that the roads are a dangerous place.

Teen drivers are at risk of making a variety of mistakes, all of which can result in an accident and/or trouble with the law. Fortunately, you can help protect them by sharing your knowledge and providing all the tools they need to remain safe.

Here’s why truck accidents remain a major concern

As someone who spends any amount of time on the roads in or around Milwaukee, you know there are large commercial trucks everywhere. While they're most commonly spotted on the area's highways, don't be surprised if you come across these vehicles in a city setting.

Even with laws in place and truckers taking more caution than ever before, truck accidents remain a major concern. Here's why these accidents happen:

  • Distractions: Driving a commercial truck is difficult enough when paying attention to the road. Should a trucker become distracted, the risk of causing a crash is even greater.
  • Drowsy driving: Truckers often push the limit in regard to how long they stay on the road, as they don't want to miss a deadline and jeopardize losing their job. This causes them to continue driving when they should be sleeping.
  • Reckless driving: Everyone has come across a reckless trucker as some point. This is the type of person who drives too fast, changes lanes without signaling or refuses to let you pass.
  • Improper loading: Even if you can't see what a truck is hauling, there's a good chance there's something in the trailer. Improper loading can result in the truck tipping or losing items on the roadway.

What to provide your agent when making a car insurance claim

After a motor vehicle accident, your immediate attention should turn to your injuries, treatment and prognosis. When you're able to do so, such as after your discharge from the hospital, contact your insurance agent to file a claim.

At this point, you'll need to provide your agent with the following information:

  • Who was driving your vehicle
  • Which vehicle was involved in the accident (if you have more than one on your policy)
  • The time of the accident
  • The location of the accident
  • The insurance information of the other driver(s)
  • Contact information of any witnesses

What to do if you see a distracted driver

Imagine driving down the highway, glancing over at the car next to you and seeing the driver texting, turned around or driving with their knees. Even with laws in place to protect against distracted driving, many people continue to do so without thinking twice about the potential consequences.

If you spot a distracted driver, there are several steps you can take to maintain your safety. Do the following:

  • Keep your distance: The closer you drive to this person, the greater chance there is that they'll cause an accident. Even if it means slowing down considerably, it's better than taking a risk with your safety.
  • Don't take matters into your own hands: As a defensive driver, you understand that it's a big no-no to engage other drivers. Don't beep, scream or attempt to tell the person what they are doing wrong. This can result in a road rage incident.
  • Call 911: Depending on the circumstances, you may want to call 911 so that a local officer can be dispatched to the area. For instance, if the person clips another vehicle as a result of their distraction, you should call to report it.

Why do workplace ladder accidents happen?

When using a ladder at your place of employment, it's a must that your safety takes priority over everything else. Without this approach, there's a greater chance you'll make a costly mistake that causes an accident and subsequent injuries.

There are many causes of workplace ladder accidents, including the following:

  • Inclement weather. For example, if you're using a ladder outdoors to reach the top of a structure, doing so in strong wind or wet conditions increases the risk of an accident.
  • Improper set-up. Your safety starts with how you set up your ladder. Inspect it before use and then place it on firm and level ground.
  • Failure to maintain three points of contact. Make sure you have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder at all times. Without this, you're more likely to lose your balance when climbing or descending.
  • Carrying too heavy of a load. You should never attempt to carry a heavy load like shingles up or down a ladder. The extra weight increases the risk of your falling off the ladder.
  • Placing the ladder too close to pedestrian or vehicular traffic. If a person or vehicle bumps your ladder while in use, you'll find it difficult to keep your balance.

How to safely ride your motorcycle on the highway

As a motorcyclist, you find yourself transitioning from one type of road to the next, time and time again. For example, one minute you're in a suburban setting, but the next, you find yourself cruising down the highway.

Riding your motorcycle on the highway takes skill, attention to detail and great caution. Here are some tips you can follow to maintain your safety:

  • Make yourself visible: Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road, so you need to work extra hard to remain visible to those around you. So, do your best to avoid blind spots, such as those directly next to cars and trucks.
  • Don't lane split: Just the same as other vehicles, it's critical to choose a lane and stay there until you have a good reason for changing. Splitting lanes puts you at risk of a serious accident.
  • Take caution when merging: Even though your motorcycle is small, you shouldn't take risks when merging onto the highway. For instance, you may get the urge to speed up and cut someone off, but it puts everyone at risk.
  • Change with the weather: When weather conditions change, such as dry pavement turning wet as the result of rain, alter your driving style to maintain your safety.

What to do if you encounter an aggressive driver

You hope to never come in contact with an aggressive driver, but there are so many of these people that you're likely to see them time after time.

You know the type. They yell at you if you're "in the way." They tailgate you in an attempt to get you to speed up. They pass you on the right and then cut you off.

Common causes of scaffolding accidents on job sites

The use of scaffolding is necessary to complete many jobs on construction sites. While it's beneficial in many ways, scaffolding also increases the risk of workplace accidents.

Here are some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents on job sites:

  • Too much weight. Scaffolding is only rated to hold so much weight at one time. Make sure you know the limit and adhere to it. Otherwise, too much weight can result in a collapse.
  • Improper set-up. There is a right and wrong way to set up scaffolding. Only properly trained workers should assemble scaffolding. A minor mistake can have serious consequences.
  • Lack of safety features. For example, scaffolding comes with safety rails that should be used at all times. However, some people neglect to use them, as they feel that they get in the way. If there's a safety feature available to you, it's best to use it.
  • Overcrowding. From people to tools, make sure you leave enough space on the scaffolding platform to work comfortably. Overcrowding can result in workers bumping into one another and/or tripping over tools and debris.

Workers Compensation Artificial Disc Replacement

In a Workers Compensation Artificial Disc Replacement case the disc replacement surgery is done to stop the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Discs can wear out or degenerate as a from stress and strain on the spine due to job duties, physical job duties such as lifting, bending, twisting and turning. Eventually, the problem disc collapses, which causes the vertebra above to sink toward the one below. This loss of disc height affects nearby structures - especially facet joints.

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