Keeping your workers safe from construction hazards

In this day and age where speed is the new currency, we want to streamline everything and make every process as seamless as possible. In fact, according to the website of FollowUp Power, many CRM software packages are helping contractors in the building and construction industry streamline each of their business processes, from bidding to sales. But apart from speed, one most important thing that you should look after is safety. Unfortunately, many contractors tend to forget this, which results in injurious, sometimes even fatal work-related incidents.

Efficiency and safety are never at the opposite side of the spectrum. In fact, efficiency means safety as it is to another. To keep your workers safe and your bottom line healthy, keeping your workers away from safety hazards is a must. Below are some of the most common workplace incidents:

Slip and fall

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 291 of the 828 fatalities in the construction industry in 2013 were slip and fall-related. As such, employers are asked to plan ahead to see potential slip and fall hazards in the workplace. Employers should also provide fall safety equipment, such as personal fall arrest systems, to keep workers safe. Finally, workers should be trained on how to use these safety tools in the right way.

Electric hazards

Electrical hazards may harm workers directly (electrocution) or indirectly (fall). Whatever it is, its damage could be fatal. As an employer, it is your duty to provide your employers power tools and equipment with no structural and electrical defect. Local electric codes and regulations should also be implemented to avoid incidents.

Asbestos exposure

This can be especially true for demolition projects involving structures built before the 1989 asbestos ban. By conducting trainings on how to manage asbestos and to mitigate its risk of exposure, you are keeping your employees safe from this harmful fiber that could pose risk of chronic and deadly illnesses, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

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Healthy Habits to Avoid Side Effects of Blood Thinners

Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, are a common drug type for treating certain cardiac medical conditions that can prevent clogging and other blood flow obstructions. While blood thinners are common, medications like Xarelto are known to cause severe bleeding incidents, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, brain hemorrhaging, and serious blood loss.

Bleeding is a known risk of all anticoagulants. However, there are methods to preventing serious bleeding incidents. It is important to be aware of habits that can increase the risk of excessive bleeding and simple ways of decreasing risk.

All medications come with safety warnings to help prevent the patient from putting themselves in dangerous situations. While some blood thinners may not specifically warn against consumption of alcohol, excessive drinking while on blood thinners can interfere with the ability of blood to clot. Similarly, vitamin K is responsible for the clotting of blood and eating vitamin K-rich foods may obstruct the ability of blood thinners to work correctly.

Since blood thinners can cause excessive bleeding from sustained injuries, contact sports are ill-advised while prescribed an anticoagulant. Open wounds from sports related injuries can cause severe blood loss since the blood thinner stops blood from clotting. This warning also coincides with bleeding risks on the job. Some professions like construction work lead to a higher risk of uncontrollable bleeding incidents due to the dangerous nature of the work performed.

Consistent monitoring and communication with a physician is the best form of protecting yourself against the side effects of blood thinners. However, according to the website of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, some risks are unforeseen, and negligent drug manufacturers may fail to warn their patients of serious side effects medication may cause.

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Dealing with Wrongful Death

There is nothing quite as horrible as having to deal with the loss of someone who was important in your life. Nothing can ever replace or even compare to the lost life that was taken. But in the cases of wrongful death, the main point isn’t the payment received or any of the semantics – it is, primarily, the goal of achieving justice for the deceased who was taken well before their time in this life.

Cases of wrongful death are those of which the death of someone is caused directly due to the actions of another party, whether it was intentional or unintentional. These cases have the potential to be some of the most complicated procedures due to the nature of the crime. Some factors of the crime could indubitably change the outcome such as motive or intent or circumstance that led to the death. These are sometimes taken advantage of, in order for the accused to escape righteous justice as mandated by the law.

There is intent to be investigated as well as the evidence that must support the claim against the offending party. Cases of wrongful death are also considered separate from criminal charges such as homicide, assisted suicide, or manslaughter; though the surviving family or beneficiaries of the deceased could press for these charges against the accused all the same.

According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, if you have lost someone important to you due to wrongful death, there are legal options available to you that you may pursue in order to receive financial compensation that might help with handling such an unfortunate tragedy. It is true enough that there can never be anything that could replace the life so unjustly taken from you but justice must be pursued all the same and you, as the surviving beneficiary or other family member left behind by the deceased, have every right to demand recompense in order to better transition into now living a life without your loved one.

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“No Zone” Area: One of the Major Causes of Truck Accidents

Driving for 11 hours straight or with very short rest periods is normal for many truck drivers; thus, due to this very challenging task, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 strictly requires that truck drivers undergo training, possess the necessary skills in operating a truck, and pass the test set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), before being issued a commercial vehicle license.

The law firm Ritter & Associates explains on its website the substantial role trucks, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers, play in a nation’s economy. These enormous vehicles transport important cargos that keep businesses operational and profitable. Due to their size, however, they also pose a great threat to smaller motor road vehicles, which they can easily crush in the event of an accident.

Many different laws, therefore, have been passed, all aimed at helping make sure that drivers are qualified and kept from feeling fatigued or drowsy behind the wheel and that trucks are always in good condition and free from manufacturing defects. Besides the licensing requirement enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are also laws on the allowed number of hours of service (HOS) and maximum number of driving hours, quality standards on truck tires and brakes, prohibition on the use of handheld phones while driving and law on the use of a bluetooth headset, and so forth.

Besides these laws, there are other concerns truck drivers and other motorists are cautioned about as these have also been major causes of many truck accidents in the past. One of these concerns is a truck driver’s blind spot, otherwise known as a “no zone” area. This specifically includes the truck’s front, back and driver’s side. This “no zone” area is that spot where truck drivers usually fail to notice smaller vehicles. Thus, when changing lanes or making a (left) turn, a vehicle in this area is at risk of being crushed.

In its website, the law firm Ravid & Associates, P.C., explains that many of those who get involved in truck accidents are just innocent victims and that the accident is actually a result of the truck driver’s negligence or carelessness. Due to this, the law allows victims to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.

Hiring the services of a highly-competent and experienced lawyer, such as an Atlanta truck accident lawyer will definitely be in the best interest of an injured victim. Through a lawyer’s help, the victim is quite assured of a strong defense that can make the court decide on his/her favor and grant him/her the full amount of compensation allowed under the law.

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The Most Common Forms of Birth Injury

Finding the right physician can sometimes be crucial to a pregnant woman, considering the fact that medical error is an alarmingly common case that has affected thousands of women either during pregnancy or childbirth.

From pregnancy to childbirth (and until about six weeks after delivery), a woman is placed under the care of an OB/GYN (Obstetrician / Gynecologist), who will care for her, give her the best vitamins, perform regular check-ups to ensure that her baby is not malnourished, underweight or deficient in folic acid and is free from any birth defect. Both birth defect and birth injury are health problems. The former can be due to the unborn child’s DNA or may have been caused by a drug, like an anti-depressant drug or a birth control pill, which the woman took right before or during pregnancy; the latter, however, is mainly attributed to preventable mistakes committed either by the physician or by any member of the medical staff (during delivery).

Reported cases of birth injuries in the US reach about 28,000 per year. These are, more often than not, caused by a single mistake but which may be enough to transform the life of a should-have-been normal child to a disabled child. The 10 most common reported cases of birth injuries include:

  • Cephalohematoma which is a cranial injury caused by prolonged labor or the use of birth-assisting tools, like a vacuum or forceps
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy, which is more commonly known as Erb’s Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Bone Fracture, such as fracture to the clavicle or collar bone
  • Caput Succedaneum, which is a result of excessive pressure during childbirth
  • Perinatal Asphyxia, or the insufficient supply of oxygen to the newborn, which can result to permanent damage to the brain;
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage or bleeding inside the skull/cranium
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, or hyposphagma, which is bleeding beneath the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the front of the eye)
  • Facial Paralysis or damaged to facial nerves resulting to lack of control of facial muscles. This could either be temporary or permanent
  • Spinal Cord injuries

On its website, Hach & Rose, LLP, explains how a birth injury can cause trauma to the family of the injured infant, while pointing out, at the same time, how these injuries can often be the result of a medical error. The website continues to explain that affected families have the right to take legal actions against the responsible individuals, whose acts of negligence resulted to the birth injury.

Being represented by a highly-competent and experienced lawyer in bringing the liable party to justice is critical in any tort lawsuit. Thus, with the help of someone such as a personal injury lawyer on the victim’s side, the victim has greater chances of being awarded the full amount of compensation allowed under the law.

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