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Does your job place you at risk for repetitive stress injuries?

AdobeStock_264619159.jpgSome Georgia jobs are highly dangerous. If you work in construction, on the railroad or as a fire fighter or rescue worker, you are often at risk for injury in the workplace. Electrical work also ranks high on most lists regarding dangerous jobs in America. Proper training and safety equipment can help you stay safe.

Even in an office setting, you can still suffer injury. You might trip over something left in the walkway or fall down a set of slippery stairs. If you travel by vehicle, before, after or during your work day, you could be involved in a workplace collision that results in injury. You may also be at risk for repetitive stress injuries, which often develop slowly, over time.

Keep fireworks safety in mind this Fourth of July

AdobeStock_180097951.jpegThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that emergency room personnel across the country treated 9,100 fireworks-related injuries in 2018. Nearly two-thirds of those injuries occurred during the month surrounding the Fourth of July.

Surprisingly, many of those injuries did not stem from large or illegal fireworks. CPSC reports that firecrackers were to blame for 19% of those emergency room visits, making them the number one cause of fireworks injuries.

High threat of danger faced by construction workers in trenches

AdobeStock_206663781.jpgSafety authorities say trenches pose some of the most significant hazards on construction sites nationwide, including Georgia. That is why they have a National Trench Safety Stand Down in June of every year. With a myriad of construction projects scheduled for the summer months, more workers will need reminding that a collapsing trench wall could cause death in the blink of an eye.

Can you imagine bearing the weight of a small pickup truck or a car? That is the weight of the soil that could bury you if you are in a trench when a wall caves in. You might not realize it, but it can suffocate you within minutes, and there is little chance of survival.

How Georgia's motorcycle helmet laws affect riders

AdobeStock_116228976.jpegWith the official start of summer fast approaching, many people are taking advantage of the many beautiful motorcycle routes Georgia has to offer. However, with the freedom that comes with a motorcycle ride comes the risk of serious injury in an accident.

Number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents on the rise

AdobeStock_124809227.jpegIn the first half of 2018, more than 130 pedestrians were killed in accidents on Georgia streets. The rise in pedestrian deaths in Georgia follows growth in such accidents across the country. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities increased by 35% between 2008 and 2017.

Researchers say it is unclear why Georgia is seeing a spike in pedestrian deaths, but that several factors are contributing to these accidents across the country:

What happens if your Uber or Lyft crashes?

AdobeStock_126870960.jpegIt's late. You made the responsible decision not to drive yourself to and from drinks with friends. You open an app on your phone and hail a ride home. Everything seems normal until another vehicle collides with the car you're riding in.

Millions of people use rideshare apps every day to get to work as well as home from the bar. However, what happens if you are involved in a crash during the ride?

You can insist on LOTO to prevent serious injury

AdobeStock_101129781.jpgIf your workplace duties have you working near the moving parts of machinery, you must insist on receiving the necessary safety training to prevent losing your life or a body part. Too many workers in the Atlanta metro area and across Georgia suffer catastrophic injuries because their employers fail to comply with lockout/tagout safety standards. Typical injuries include amputations, electrocutions and other serious injuries that could be fatal.

You will be at risk even if you do not operate the machine but are involved in its maintenance, repairs, cleaning, adjusting and servicing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates the installation of lockout/tagout devices to manage hazardous energy. These devices can also prevent others from reactivating equipment during maintenance or other procedures that expose you to moving or rotating parts.

What's the most common cause of construction injuries and death?

AdobeStock_75627311.jpgWorking in the construction industry can be rewarding, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. Even if your employer provided you with safety training, you could still be at risk for injury or even death. Falls account for a significant number of construction injuries, and the problem is not getting any better.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began tracking worker deaths from falls about 30 years ago. In 2017, the BLS reported that falls caused 887 worker deaths. That is the highest number of fall-related deaths since tracking began.

How to protect workers from heat illness this summer

AdobeStock_88675329.jpegAs we head towards summer and temperatures begin to rise, those who work outside are at risk of serious heat-related illnesses.

Just last year, OSHA fined a Georgia farm labor contracting company nearly $13,000 following the death of an employee due to heat illness. The employee was reportedly picking tomatoes in temperatures of up to 97.5 degrees, in direct sunlight, when he began to show signs of overexertion and passed out before being taken to the hospital.

New study finds pickup manufacturers should up their safety game

AdobeStock_206287912.jpegPickups provide much-needed hauling power for many people. Whether you're traveling with the family or pulling a boat down the highway, trucks have remained a common choice across the country. But, how do they stack up when it comes to safety?

According to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, many pickup trucks currently on the market fall short when it comes to protecting passengers in certain types of crashes. 

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