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Do these things to work safely in cold weather

As one of our New Jersey readers, you know that the winter months are sure to bring cold temperatures and snow to the area. While this can be enjoyable on many fronts, it's not always easy to work outdoors when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Fortunately, there are a variety of steps you can take to maintain your safety when working outdoors in cold weather. Here are several things you can't forget:

  • Plan in advance: If you know the weather will be cold, plan your day in advance with respect to what you'll wear and how you'll tackle the task at hand.
  • Overdress: You can always take clothes off, but you can't put any on if they're not available. Overdressing allows you to remove clothes as necessary, and put items back on should you begin to get cold again.
  • Stay hydrated: You can sweat just as much in cold weather as you do in the summer heat. Maintain proper hydration throughout the day by drinking as much water as possible. Also, avoid beverages that can dehydrate you, such as coffee and alcohol.
  • Remove wet clothes: If your clothes become wet for any reason, such as rain or sweat, remove and replace them immediately. Working in wet clothes increases the risk of illness.
  • Take regular breaks: As necessary, seek shelter in a warm location. For example, you could go indoors every three to four hours to warm up and ensure that you're feeling okay. Don't push the limit because you want to get the job done. Your health and well-being should always come first.

These injuries are why you must take slip-and-falls seriously

Experiencing a slip-and-fall incident often feels embarrassing. For many people, the initial reaction is to see who noticed their little accident and act like they aren't hurt, even if they feel some aches and pains.

Far too many individuals attempt to brush themselves off and continue with their day as though nothing has happened. However, slip-and-falls can actually lead to serious injuries, some of which have delayed onset symptoms.

Hold distracted drivers accountable for damages they cause

There's an inherent danger involved in moving around in massive, heavy vehicles at high speeds. It only takes a fraction of a second for a mistake to result in a catastrophic collision that produces injuries and property damage. Most people want to do everything in their power to avoid a crash, but some people make poor decisions that put everyone else on the road at risk.

One common mistake that people make is the decision to text while in control of a motor vehicle. People may feel addicted to their phones, unable to disconnect while they drive. Someone taking his or her eyes off the road to read a text or compose a message could directly cause a crash. For those who suffer injuries or lose a loved one in a distracted crash, it's important to hold the driver responsible for choosing to neglect the responsibility to drive safely.

How Serious Is Truck Driver Fatigue?

In short, it is deadly enough to have numerous regulations written to combat it.

Historically, truck drivers have faced pressure from both their employer and their clients to deliver goods as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for drivers to complete a long haul while keeping a focus on both speed and safety. For this reason, many drivers have resorted to exceeding the limits of exhaustion to log more miles in a day - often relying on skipping breaks, putting off rest and using various stimulants to stay on the road. Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set about crafting regulations designed to keep drivers safe and rested.

2 deadly risks that construction workers face every day

No workplace is completely safe from the threat of injury. Even at an office job, workers can fall off of their chairs, trip and hit their heads on the corner of a cubicle or slip on a wet spot while chatting with colleagues next to the water cooler.

However, in comparison to office workers, construction workers face truly deadly risks on a daily basis. As such, they need to stay alert to these risks if they want to get home safe and injury-free from work each day. Here are two of the worst risks that construction workers have to navigate on a daily basis:

3 questions about slip-and-fall accidents

If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall event, you'll probably have a lot of questions. Mainly, these questions will center around whether you can pursue a claim for damages and how much money you could potentially recover.

Here are three questions that slip-and-fall accident attorneys commonly hear:

Help your child avoid getting attacked by a dog

Being a parent isn't easy when it feels like there's a potential danger for your child lurking around every corner of the neighborhood. Sometimes, these dangers can even be present in the home, in a friend's home or in a park when it comes to the risks of getting attacked by a dog.

Fortunately, parents can take several precautions that will reduce exponentially the chances of their children getting attacked by dogs.

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