Top 5 workplace injuries

By on 7-24-2015 in Disability Benefits

No matter where you work, there are risks. Though we assume the workplace is a safe place, a place where our greatest concerns are about deadlines and unhappy bosses and clients, there are in fact at any moment, hidden amongst the benign objects of the office, potential hazards and accidents waiting to happen.

In order to help you better protect yourself and your fellow employees, here are the four most common office injury risks to keep an eye on.

  1. Falling objects

You may think you don’t have to worry about this in an office, but there are still potential hazards all around. Are there potted plants hanging in your office? That’s a risk. What about cubicle walls where people sometimes put staplers or other heavy office supplies? That’s right, that’s a risk too.

  1. Walking into things

Don’t just be aware what is above you, be aware of what is in front of you. In a busy office environment, people can run into walls, doors, tables, or each other. It may sound amusing at first, but the potential for serious injury is still there and ought to be taken into account.

  1. Muscle strains

Another potential injury inducing problem that office workers assume is unlikely to happen to them. The office may not be a warehouse full of heavy boxes and equipment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hurt yourself lifting a heavy box of new printer paper or help lift a new printer for that matter. There are still plenty of heavy things that we might injure ourselves on in an office. In fact, because we assume this isn’t a potential problem, we often don’t bother to take the proper precautions when doing those occasional acts of lifting. If someone wants to move tables around or asks you to lift heavy boxes, do so only when following safe lifting and pushing techniques.

  1. Slipping, tripping, and falling down

Perhaps the most obvious and at the same time least thought of risk in any working environment, or indeed, in any environment at all. Over 30,000 people die every year in America from simply falling down. In order to avoid such problems, be sure to watch where you are stepping. Be careful when using a ladder. Never step up on chairs or other objects not designed to bear your weight. And, very importantly, watch out for spills on the ground or any objects that might be impeding you as you walk. Keep an eye out for wires or feet dangling out in the aisle.

If you’ve already experienced a workplace injury, be sure to look at this lawyer’s site, which has a handy FAQ that covers a lot of basic questions about how you should proceed after the fact. Do yourself a favor and look through it.

If, as could be hoped, you have not been hurt, please use this list to minimize the risk to yourself and your colleagues and employees in the future. Many workplace accidents can be avoided with simple common sense and a little bit of awareness. Knowing what might be putting you at risk is a major step towards staying safe.

Road Maintenance and Car Accidents

By on 7-24-2015 in Disability Benefits

When you think about car accidents, the first cause that comes to your mind is driver error. Specifically, you think about errors that involve recklessness, such as drunk driving and speeding. But it is important to note that these are not the only causes of car accidents. In fact, the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has enumerated and detailed other causes of car accidents.

One of the causes that it has mentioned that has gotten attention is highway defects. But how exactly can highway defects cause an accident? The most obvious way is faulty design, like when the road is too narrow and has too little shoulders, or when it has dangerously abrupt curves and turns.

Another way is through poor maintenance, which can arguably be considered a worse negligent act. There will be no defects to begin with if just the maintenance provider does its job properly. Below are some of the most common issues associated with poor road maintenance.

Defective Facilities

Typically, the local government handles the road maintenance in its area of responsibility. One of the most common issues it can encounter is facility defects, such as malfunctioning traffic lights, absent or unreadable road signs, and lack of proper lighting. Most accidents involving defective facilities involve right-of-way and visibility.

Poor Road Conditions

The road itself should also be maintained. Usually, the problem with roads involve cracks, potholes, and other uneven surfaces that may make drivers lose control. But it is not uncommon for faded white and yellow lines and inexistent crosswalks to cause collisions.

Visibility Issues

Vision is one of the most important aspects of driving. Compromising it may result into traffic accidents. Having the proper streetlights is not enough. The road should also have no possible vision obstructions, such as unnecessary barriers and unmaintained foliage.

What You Can Do

According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., those who have been victims of accidents caused by preventable highway defects may have legal options. But of course, being safe on the road is always a better alternative than a lawsuit.

The key is to always drive in a speed where you are comfortable with and where you can react on time to unexpected events. Also make sure to maintain your vehicle, particularly the brakes and tires, to at least have the ability to offset any defects you may encounter on the road.

The Psychology behind Hit-and-Runs

By on 7-24-2015 in Disability Benefits

Car accidents, whether someone is injured by a drunk driver or involved in a hit-and-run, are gruesome, tragic, and highly emotional incidents that elicit strong emotional responses from a majority of individuals regardless of personal involvement. With the physical trauma and financial hardships inflicted upon victims of car accident, it is not surprising that it is difficult to sympathize with the individuals who flee from the scene. Still, it is imperative that one is conscious of the underlying psychological influences that contribute to the actions of hit-and-run assailants. Perhaps this knowledge may prevent someone from thinking in the same patterns that elicit the action of bolting.

It seems reasonable that an individual would want to avoid financial and legal penalties, thus fleeing from an accident appears sane albeit insensitive. Still, the majority of population classifies hit-and-runners as psychotic individuals who lack a moral code and a decent upbringing. Unfortunately, this image does not capture the complex emotional and cognitive processes that an assailant feels during a hit-and-run.

The fight-or-flight is a physiological response to a threatening situation. The individual is preparing to either run away or deal with the issue at hand. In a split-second following an accident, confusion, fear, guilt, and other emotions flood the perpetuator. In that instance, he or she can either run or deal with the consequences. If an individual lacks self-control, then they may yield to their emotions. Rather than address the situation in a rational and responsible way, they may engage in the impulsive act of fleeing. Several factors contribute to this diminished self-control, but the strongest influencer is alcohol and drugs. These substances increase emotional response and weaken rational decision-making. Indeed, drunk driving is often involved in most hit-and-run accidents. In order to prevent falling victim to emotions, the individuals must take a breath and think rationally about the consequences of running away. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to think logically in the heat of the moment.

Dangerous Work Conditions: Construction Site Accidents

By on 7-24-2015 in Disability Benefits

Many work safety advocates cite construction as among the most dangerous private industry sector in America. According to a 2014 report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OHSA, construction site accidents were responsible for 899 of all 4,821 worker fatalities in the private sector. This number accounts for 20.5 percent of all workplace deaths. In other words, one in every five worker deaths reported in 2014 was in the construction industry.

The OHSA identifies falls, electrocutions, getting struck by objects, and being caught inside or in between equipment as the most common construction site accidents in 2014. The federal government agency nicknamed these incidents as construction’s “fatal four,” seeing as these accidents accounted for over half of all the reported deaths in that year. They also estimated that preventing these “fatal four” accidents could save the lives of over 500 construction workers across America each year.

Preventing these “fatal four” incidents and other construction site accidents will depend on the dedication of construction firms and companies. Most of these accidents are easily avoidable as long as these companies are serious about implementing safety regulations and precautions. Employees who fail to act on workplace hazards that could be easily mitigated by following through with basic protocols may be found responsible for the consequences that happen due to construction site accidents.

Fortunately, construction site workers victimized by their employer’s negligence have many legal options available to them. Aside from pursuing a civil lawsuit, injured workers can also enlist the help of a lawyer to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Consult with an experience legal professional to receive instructions and appropriate assistance on how you could be properly compensated for a construction site injury. Those in North Carolina may reach out to a Raleigh workmen’s compensation lawyer for more information.

Age and Motorcycle Accidents

By on 7-24-2015 in Disability Benefits

Motorcycle accidents happen for many reasons, but statistics also show that they are happening with alarming regularity and more often than ever before, according to William Kherkher. Riding a motorcycle comes with a certain amount of risk that differs from taking a vehicle onto the road. They are smaller and thus provide for less visibility to surrounding cars. There are road hazards that are commonly harmless to cars, but which have the potential to pose a great threat to motorcyclists- debris, uneven road surfaces, small objects, and wet pavement are some. There is also the obvious lack of protection between road and driver that comes with riding a motorcycle; you no longer have a barrier of metal surrounding you as you travel. But another factor that is not often considered is age- older motorcyclists are involved in more than half of motorcycle incidents on the road. NHTSA data show that the average age of motorcyclists killed or injured in accidents is 42, and that 55% involved in crashes are over the age of 40. The steepest rise in accidents and subsequent hospital admittance among age brackets is in the 60+ age group. These findings can be attributed to the fact that older groups are more likely to sustain fractures, dislocations and other injuries, and the fact that as age increases, vision accuracy and reaction time decreases, making cyclists more susceptible to the carelessness of vehicles around them.