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Safety tips for warehouse workers

AdobeStock_88009140.jpgIf you work in a warehouse, distribution center or fulfillment center, occupational hazards will make your job incredibly risky. Although workplace safety standards continue to improve, warehouse work remain near the top of the list of dangerous occupations.

Hazards range from handling heavy loads to harmful substances. A significant number of warehouse workers suffer on-the-job injuries each year -- many of which are fatal. 

This spring, beware of these landscaping hazards


Spring is just around the corner, and that means Georgians may be doing some spring cleaning. Landscaping can be one task that takes on especially high priority this time of year.

If you work in landscaping, now would be a good time to spring clean your safety routines, as well. Both commercial and residential landscaping comes with serious risks to worker safety, and knowing what these risks are can help you avoid them -- as well as a serious work-related accident.

What should I do if a dog bites my child?

AdobeStock_176211500.jpegThere are few things cuter than a dog and a child playing together happily. Unfortunately, not all interactions between dogs and children are adorable. In too many cases, a dog can bite and seriously injure a child.

If this happens to your own child, it is crucial to take the following measures.

The more the merrier? Not when it comes to driving

AdobeStock_126121217.jpegCarpooling and ride-sharing are popular -- and highly encouraged -- options when it comes to cutting costs and protecting the environment. However, while riding with passengers does have its benefits, it also comes with risks.

According to one study, having passengers increases a driver's risk of getting into an accident. In fact, driving with at least two other people doubles the risk of the driver getting into a serious accident. Thankfully, there are steps drivers and passengers can take to avoid a crash and stay safe.

Injured in a distracted driving accident? You're not alone

AdobeStock_211772929.jpgWhether traveling to work, dropping kids off at school or running errands, you probably spend a good portion of your day behind the wheel. You might not realize that all of this driving around increases your risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident.

Distracted driving is a growing problem in Georgia. Cell phones are a significant part of the issue. With so many drivers texting, talking and browsing the web from their smartphones, car accidents are almost inevitable.

What to know if you ride electric scooters

AdobeStock_168143489.jpegAtlanta is a transportation hub for everything from airplanes to highways. With so much traffic in the area, it makes sense that people seek out alternatives. They want to avoid traffic jams, save money and decrease the toll their trips take on the environment.

Recently, Atlanta became home to electic scooter shares, which allow people to conveniently rent and ride scooters using an app. However, as easy as it may be to utilize these e-scooters, there are risks associated with them. 

Workers' comp for the food-and-beverage industry

AdobeStock_113602651.jpgWorkers in the food and beverage industry in Georgia face various occupational hazards. If you are a chef in a restaurant or hotel, you might find that some of the risks are unique to your profession while others are more general and also present in other industries. The urgency of peak times in restaurant kitchens are most dangerous, with all the risks exacerbated by the increased activity levels.

As a chef, you earn your income in one of the most hazardous work environments. Along with fuel, flames and dangerous chemicals, you face the threats posed by sharp knives, dangerous food preparation equipment and other lurking dangers.

States consider lowering BAC to reduce drunk driving accidents

AdobeStock_104718188.jpegGeorgia, like nearly every other state in the U.S., recognizes the limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. This means that if a driver has a level of 0.08 percent or higher, he or she can face charges for drunk driving.

However, Utah recently passed a law lowering this limit to 0.05 percent. And other states may follow.

The many hazards warehouse workers face on the job

AdobeStock_151809562.jpegWarehouses and distribution centers are typically places of order, precision and organization. This allows them to fulfill orders as quickly as possible and retain accurate inventory records.

However, even in a setting like this, accidents and missteps can happen. When they do, the workers in these facilities can suffer serious injuries. Below, we examine a few common types of workplace accidents that can occur in warehouses and distribution centers across Georgia. 

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