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Do you risk your life working on wind turbines?

AdobeStock_65995772.jpgAlthough wind energy is a relatively new employment sector in Georgia, workers on wind farms face many occupational hazards. If you are a member of a wind turbine maintenance or electrical crew, you will likely spend significant parts of your days working at dangerous heights. Did you know that you can refuse to work without the necessary personal protective equipment?

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not established specific safety standards for the wind energy sector, the general regulations for various industries also apply to wind farms. Your job on a turbine will expose you to risks of slipping, falling, struck by objects and many other hazards common to other industries. Strong winds will exacerbate the dangers of your job.

Preventing accidents while walking in a winter wonderland

AdobeStock_174927689.jpegGeorgia isn't the snow-covered wonderland people often imagine when they think of the holiday season. However, there are seasonal hazards that can put people at risk as they navigate the streets and neighborhoods across Atlanta.

To prevent accidents like slip-and-falls that can happen when people are shopping, going out to eat at restaurants or visiting a neighbor's home, people would be wise to take the following precautions.

Looking for deals instead of looking at the road

AdobeStock_187748835.jpegThere are a lot of things to love about the holidays, from festive decorations to spending more time with loved ones. 

However, not everything about the holidays is easy to love. For instance, driving can become especially perilous during this time of year as people become more distracted. And it's not just the odd text message about an office gift swap that proves to be distracting: people are also increasingly distracted by online shopping.

Don't be the one who is chopped, seared or sliced

AdobeStock_166179881.jpgRestaurants and other facilities in the food and beverage industry in the Atlanta metro area of Georgia always need every single employee to do his or her job to keep everything running smoothly. There is no shortage of hazards in restaurant and hotel kitchens, and identifying them can make it easier to take precautions.

Your employer is responsible for the safety and health of all the employees. However, the multitude of things that could go wrong in a busy kitchen requires you and your co-workers to look out for potential hazards and deal with them.

What makes Thanksgiving so dangerous for drivers?

AdobeStock_165460669.jpegThis week, millions of people in the U.S. will be driving for the Thanksgiving holiday. And whether they drive across the state or across the country, road safety can be a major concern.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times in terms of road safety. Every year, we see a spike in the number of people hurt or killed in accidents on and around Thanksgiving - why is this? There are at least a few primary factors when it comes to the increase in car crashes during this time of year.

Dangers that haulers of hazardous chemicals face

AdobeStock_140486871.jpgCommercial drivers in Georgia travel nationwide to ensure the availability of merchandise and other products wherever necessary. While multiple occupational hazards threaten the safety of all big-rig operators, you might be particularly vulnerable if you haul hazardous chemicals. Chemical logistics pose unique challenges, and compliance with strict safety regulations can ensure safe transport.

Improper shipping threatens not only your safety but also that of other road users and the environment. If you are aware of the unique dangers and potential risks you will encounter, you can be proactive and take the necessary precautions.

Study: Drivers aren't looking for pedestrians

AdobeStock_80665211.jpegMotorists and pedestrians are supposed to share the road respectfully. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Too often, cars strike pedestrians because drivers fail to take certain precautions to avoid a collision, including thoroughly scanning the roadway for pedestrians and cyclists.  

And a recent study confirms this. The study could also explain at least a few reasons why pedestrians are in such a dangerous position at intersections, even when they comply with traffic laws and signals.

Computer program aims to improve health of office workers

AdobeStock_66551546.jpegWorking in an office can seem like a relatively safe and uneventful occupation, in terms of risks to our health. Office workers are not exposed to harsh weather for extended periods of time, they typically aren't operating heavy machinery or putting excessive physical demands on their bodies. 

However, there are still risks to the health of office workers. In fact, sitting down all day can pose a considerable risk to a person's well-being. To minimize this risk, new software applications are coming on the market to encourage workers to get healthier. 

What happens when you're the passenger in an accident?

AdobeStock_191994326.jpegMany Georgia motorists take every precaution possible to avoid an accident while driving. However, we are not always in control of our own safety. Every time we get in a taxi, catch a ride with a friend or decide to walk somewhere instead of drive, we rely on other drivers to keep us safe.

When these parties fail to drive safely, they can and should be accountable for any damages they cause. Other parties could also be to blame if they failed to take certain precautions to keep people safe on the roads. 

How crashes involving cars and motorcycles happen

AdobeStock_41967198.jpgIf you are a motorcycle rider in Georgia, you will need more skills and coordination than other automobile drivers to stay safe as you navigate the busy Atlanta highways. Although the number of bikes on the state's roadways are significantly less than the number of other vehicles, the severity of injuries motorcyclists suffer in crashes are far worse than those of motorists in larger vehicles. The level of protection you have as a motorcycle rider is almost non-existent when compared to the sophisticated protective systems in modern cars.

Understanding how and why auto vs. motorcycle crashes happen might allow you to take the necessary precautions. As a rider, you might often also be responsible for the safety of a passenger, which typically makes a bike even trickier to operate. Of course, as a rider in Georgia, you are always required to wear a helmet. Although helmets do not prevent all injuries, those suffered by accident victims without helmets are typically more severe.

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