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Uninsured Motorist Accidents: When an Accident Happens…

Since 1 in 8 drivers drive daily without auto insurance, there’s a good chance you’ll run into them one day. Or worse, they’ll run into you. Accidents are a pain, but uninsured motorist accidents are the worst. Let’s discuss what to do if you find yourself in an accident with an uninsured motorist. Uninsured Motorist Accidents: What To Do Inform the Police Getting the police to arrive at the scene will help in a big way when dealing with uninsured motorist accidents. Police reports will help when trying to get expenses paid for and will help the claims process go a lot smoother. Get their Information Getting the information from the other motorist will help in the long run. Vehicle information, license plate numbers, and other details about the car will help when you are making claims. Uninsured motorist accidents don’t follow the simple “insurance swap” that other basic accidents have. Take Pictures By taking pictures at the scene, you are helping [...]

By | March 16th, 2019|

Emergency Airlift Services

If you’ve recently needed an airlift after an accident, soon you will receive your bill. Then you'll notice the high price tag for the airlift. Most insurance companies offer separate air ambulance coverage in either your health or travel insurance. What you should know is that emergency airlift services are not under your normal coverage and will cost you a lot out of pocket. Emergency Airlift Services: What to Know What is an air ambulance? An air ambulance is usually a helicopter that has more medical equipment than a normal ambulance. Their design allows them to handle more severe situations when ground transportations are no longer ideal. Emergency airlift services make sure a person gets a speedy transport to the best hospital for their condition. When do you need emergency airlift services? Many times when you hear “the accident is so bad she has to be airlifted!” you know she is in pretty bad condition. But that’s not the only time they [...]

By | March 12th, 2019|

Teaching Risks: What To Watch For

If you've got plans to be one of the expected 1.9 million teachers in the U.S., you might not be thinking about potential workplace injuries. However, there are some teaching risks which you should keep in mind. Being aware of these risks can help you stay safe while on the job... Teaching Risks: What To Watch For Getting sick If a student gets sick in school, odds are it will spread around pretty quickly. It isn't uncommon for many kids to get sick at once at schools because of this. However, these sicknesses can also spread to teachers as well.  Getting sick is a teaching risk which is actually pretty common. Teachers spend their days with dozens of students who could be carrying sicknesses. Combined this with their colleagues who are in a similar situation, and it's no surprise that teachers are at an increased risk of getting sick. Ergonomic issues Another example of teaching risks is with ergonomic problems. Technology [...]

By | March 2nd, 2019|

Welding Safety: Avoid Potential Hazards

Several different industries and workplaces use welding in their work. With welding jobs expected to increase in the next couple years, proper welding safety is becoming increasingly important for workers to know. Taking the right safety steps can help prevent harmful and avoidable injuries... Welding Safety: Avoid Potential Hazards Eye injuries Eye injuries are very common for welders. The sparks created by the welding process can shoot up into the welder's eyes, potentially causing blindness. Additionally, the high brightness and heat created by welding can also cause eye damage.  For these reasons, good eye protection is important for proper welding safety. Welding helmets provide good protection from both sparks and the UV light. Additionally, they also protect the rest of the welder's face from potential injuries.  Slip and falls Welders may also be expected to work in a wide range of environments. Sometimes, they can work in shops or factories. However, they can also work during poor weather and at high [...]

By | February 26th, 2019|

Manufacturing Safety: Steps to Take

According to the Department of Labor, over 12 million people work in manufacturing jobs. These jobs involve a lot of different machines and tools which can result in injury if not used properly. Good manufacturing safety means being aware of these risks and what can be done to reduce them... Manufacturing Safety: Steps to Take Mechanical risks Working with mechanical machines can be risky for several reasons. Moving machine parts can pose the risk of entanglement. Furthermore, moving surfaces can pose the risk of crush injuries, and sharp edges or pieces can cause cuts or other wounds. Some machines can even pose multiple risks at once.  Due to these risks, it's important to be aware and alert when working with a machine. Avoid wearing clothing that could get easily caught in a machine. Also, wear gloves and other protective gear when working with machines that have sharp components. Additionally, machine guards can also help with improving manufacturing safety.  Hearing risk  Heavy [...]

By | February 22nd, 2019|

Auto Shop Safety: Preventative Measures

According to the Department of Labor, about 180,000 people worked in auto shops in 2016. For these workers, auto shop safety has to be one of their biggest priorities. Following proper safety procedures is important in auto shops due to how many things can potentially cause injuries... Auto Shop Safety: Preventative Measures Keep a clean workshop Keeping things clean is an important, but often overlooked, part of auto shop safety. Loose car parts and tools can build up over the course of a workday. These loose parts could potentially cause someone to get hurt if they trip or slip on them.  It helps to keep organized piles of removed parts so they aren't in the way of others. Make sure that these piles are not in the common walkways of the shop. Additionally, make sure that these piles aren't blocking emergency exits as well.  Use protective equipment  Auto shop work can be dangerous depending on the task. In fact, eye and [...]

By | February 7th, 2019|

Working Overnight: Adjusting Your Body

Our body's natural clock tells us when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up. Working overnight throws this system off track. This can leave you struggling to get through your work and get the sleep you need. It'll take some time, but you can adjust your body to your new work schedule...  Working Overnight: Adjusting Your Body Light Management Light sends messages to your brain to let you know when it's time to be alert versus time to rest. Managing your exposure to light can help your body adjust to working overnight. Exposure management can help your body "make sense" of your new work and sleep schedule.  When you're at work, keep yourself exposed to artificial lights to tell your brain it's time to be awake. However, once your shift is over, you should limit your exposure to light to get ready for sleeping. Wear sunglasses and keep the blinds drawn once you get home to keep [...]

By | January 29th, 2019|

Gap Selection: Navigate Lanes Safely

If you've spent any time of the road, you've probably faced a time when you had to decide whether to go or not. In that moment, you needed to judge the speed and distance of the other vehicle before making a move. This process, called gap selection, can be hard to judge because it happens so quickly. Making the wrong decision to go can lead to a serious accident. However, it's something all of us must do before pulling out, changing lanes, or making turns. The good news about this gap selection process is there are ways to improve your judgement.  Gap Selection: Navigate Lanes Safely What is an unsafe gap? Before looking at ways to improve your gap selection, it's important to understand what an unsafe gap is. In short, an unsafe gap occurs when you do not allow enough space between you and the other vehicle. Perhaps your move does not give them enough time to anticipate you coming. Even [...]

By | January 24th, 2019|

Extended Standing: Reducing the Strain

Work that involves extended standing can be very tough on your body. Your legs and feet will be bothering you even if you're in great shape. However, there are some ways to help reduce this strain on your body to make your job a bit more manageable... Extended Standing: Reducing the Strain Good shoes are key Wearing the right kind of shoes goes a long way in making extending standing more tolerable. Properly fitted ergonomic shoes help by providing proper support to your feet and legs. Gel-inserts or pads also help to reduce the impact of walking around as well as making standing a bit more comfortable. It also is a good idea to buy two pairs of work shoes if you can. Using the same pair will wear them out quicker and run the risk of  fungus growth. Alternating shoes will keep them lasting longer while also keeping you healthy. Take a break Regular breaks also help in dealing with [...]

By | January 22nd, 2019|

Preventing Overexertion: Keep Yourself Safe

The amount of lifting you'll have to do at work varies from workplace to workplace. However, you could still tweak a muscle doing simple tasks, like moving your computer around. In fact, overexertion accounted for 34% of workplace injuries in 2016! Thankfully, there are some strategies for you to use when it comes to preventing overexertion... Preventing Overexertion: Keep Yourself Safe Work as a team When performing labor-intensive tasks at work, it can be risky to tackle things by yourself. Moving heavy objects alone could result in overexertion and serious injury. That's why it's important to use teamwork! Asking other co-workers for help with moving heavy objects is an important part of preventing overexertion. This will reduce the load on your end, and let you get the job done faster as well.  Use proper equipment Some jobs might involve moving around a lot of very heavy items all day. In these cases, they'll provide equipment like forklifts or hand trucks for [...]

By | January 5th, 2019|