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What are some safety tips for construction workers?

Few jobs have as many hazards as construction. Workers only want to do the job and return home safely. Safety measures should be in place on every construction job. When an accident occurs involving injuries, not only do the injured workers pay, but the job site may be shut down and completion of the project delayed.

Here are a few safety measures that can help workers avoid the common injuries on a construction site:

Do all truckers know how to drive in high wind?

When the wind picks up, every driver on the road needs to pay close attention to how this alters driving conditions. Driving in high wind is easier said than done, especially for truckers. The higher the vehicle the more difficult it is to control when winds pick up. Adding to the challenge is the fact that high winds are often accompanied by rain and other adverse weather conditions.

All truckers are trained at how to drive safely in high wind. Unfortunately, some overlook what they should be doing, thus putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

Common questions related to construction injuries

If you work in the construction industry, you are well aware of the dangers that surround you on a daily basis. Even if you take the necessary steps in remaining safe, this is not always as easy as it sounds.

You know one thing to be true: It is possible that you could be injured in a construction site accident at some point. For this reason, you want to learn as much as possible about this scenario. This will ensure that you are prepared if something bad does happen.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month is upon us

Distracted Driving Awareness Month began April 1. It is the National Safety Council's way of trying to get drivers to pay more attention to what's going on around them when operating their vehicles. The government reports that 431,000 people were injured in distracted driving traffic accidents last year and 3,170 people were killed. Another horrifying statistic is that 10 percent of drivers ages 15 to 19 years old were distracted at the time that they were involved in fatal car accidents.

Many drivers erroneously believe that using a hands-free mobile device is safe -- 80 percent of drivers, in fact. However, there are over 30 research studies that have found that a driver's brain is distracted even when he or she is using a hands-free device.

You should understand these things about truck accidents

As you know, sharing the road with trucks is something you have to do. It doesn't matter where you are traveling, you know that commercial trucks are everywhere. While there is nothing wrong with this if everyone shares the road, you are aware that this is not something all drivers do.

Here are a few things you should understand about truck accidents:

How can you prevent construction accidents this summer?

As the weather warms up, construction crews of all types begin to take on more projects. And of course, when this happens, the likelihood of an accident is much greater.

Nobody knows for sure why construction accidents increase during the summer months, but some of the potential culprits include longer daylight hours, more distractions, vacation planning, and different sleeping patterns.

2 injuried in accident, citations issued to 2 drivers

When an accident occurs and both drivers are cited, who is determined to be at fault? For example, is the person who was driving without a license at fault for simply being on the road in the first place or is the person who allegedly committed a lane violation at fault?

That will be up to the insurance companies and the court, if a personal injury lawsuit is filed over an accident that occurred in Williams Township on Interstate 78 West. According to police, a man from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, switched lanes while driving a 2016 Ford Taurus. When he did so, a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, which was driven by a woman from New Jersey, struck the Taurus and then the back of a 2007 International Harvester 9200i. That truck was driven by someone from Auburn, Pennsylvania.

Stress can result in a workers’ compensation claim

Do you find yourself stressed at work? If so, you are in the same position as millions of other Americans. It may not be typical, but there are times when stress can result in a workers' compensation claim. This doesn't mean you can make a claim just because you are stressed. Instead, you need to answer a few questions before deciding what to do next:

-- Has the stress led to a permanent impairment?

Are non-physical injuries covered by workers' compensation?

Have you heard the expression, “I’m taking a mental health day?” Even if not officially sanctioned by one’s employer, such sick days may go a long way toward protecting the longevity of one’s career.

Yet what happens when work-related emotional distress or anxiety becomes clinical? Can a worker get workers’ compensation benefits for such non-physical conditions?

Repetitive stress injuries can cause great pain

When most people think about a workplace accident, the first thing that comes to mind is a slip and fall, something falling from a distance, or an equipment malfunction. While these can all lead to injuries, there are other risks to keep in mind.

Repetitive stress injuries do not happen suddenly. Instead, this is a type of injury that occurs over time. One day after the next, thanks to the same action, muscles and tendons begin to wear down. At some point, the person is faced with an injury that can be debilitating.

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