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The employer’s role in a work-related car accident

A car accident can happen at any moment, completing derailing any plans you may have had. When the incident occurs on your way to or from a work errand, it can leave you wondering if your employer should take some of the responsibility.

On average, about 40% of car accidents occur while the driver is on the clock. There are many factors to take into consideration about the conditions of a work-related car accident. Your employer may be liable, but only under very specific circumstances.

Share these teen driving safety tips with your child

When your teenager finally gets their driver's license, it's safe to say you'll spend countless hours concerned about their safety.

By sharing the right safety tips with your teen, you're able to minimize the risk of an accident. Here are five things to discuss:

  • Dangers of distracted driving: A common cause of teen car accidents, discuss the many dangers of distracted driving, including the potential to cause a fatal accident.
  • Drinking and driving: Make it clear that drinking and driving is against the law and that it greatly increases the risk of an accident.
  • Following the rules of the road: From the speed limit to traffic signs, understanding and following the rules of the road is a must.
  • Passengers: You may want to impose a limit on the number of people your teen is permitted to drive with at one time. The more people in the car, the greater chance there is of a distraction.
  • Vehicle maintenance is a must: Many teens don't realize that a lack of vehicle maintenance can result in a car accident. For example, driving on bald tires makes it more difficult to maintain traction in wet weather.

What does heat stroke look like?

If you live in or around Atlanta, you know just how hot it can get during the summer months. You may enjoy the opportunity to work outdoors, but you must keep a close eye on your health and well-being at all times.

Heat stroke, also known as sunstroke, can set in quicker than many people believe. This happens when your core body temperature reaches 104 degrees. The most common signs of heat stroke include:

  • Dizziness
  • Pounding headache
  • Fainting
  • Weakness
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dry, hot and red skin
  • Shallow breathing
  • Seizures

Common types of lawnmower injuries

With summer in full swing, you won't have to look far to find someone cutting their grass. If you operate a lawnmower for a living, maybe because you work for a landscaping company, you're well aware of the many safety risks.

Unfortunately, a lawnmower can cause a variety of injuries, with these five among the most common:

  • Broken bones: For example, if your foot comes in contact with the mower blade, it can cause a broken bone among various other injuries.
  • Cuts: Typically caused by the blade, cuts can occur anywhere on the body. However, this injury is most likely to affect your feet and hands.
  • Projectile injuries: It's hard to spot potentially dangerous items, such as rocks, in the grass. If the blade hits one of these, it could be thrown toward your body.
  • Burns: Lawnmower engines get extremely hot during use. Touching the wrong part of the engine can result in serious burns.
  • Amputations: This is among the most serious type of lawnmower injury and is caused by a fast spinning, sharp mower blade. Your feet, hands, legs and arms are the body parts with the greatest risk of amputation.

What’s the best way to avoid texting and driving?

If you have a cellphone, there's a good chance you text on a regular basis. While this is a great way to communicate with friends, family and co-workers, you shouldn't do so when operating a motor vehicle.

As tempting as it may be to text and drive, you must understand the dangers of doing so. Even if you only take your eyes off the road for one second, it can result in a serious accident.

What’s the best way to treat a hernia?

Assuming that a hernia will get better on its own is a big mistake that can result in additional pain, discomfort and bodily harm. If you suspect that you have suffered this injury, it's critical to discuss treatment options with your medical team.

Surgery is typically the recommended course of action for a hernia, as leaving it to heal on its own increases the risk of future complications. There are three primary types of hernia surgery:

  • Laparoscopic surgery: This is often the preferred method of patients, as it doesn't require a large cut outside the groin or abdomen. Instead, your surgeon makes tiny incisions that allow for the insertion of medical tools.
  • Open surgery: The most conventional form of hernia surgery, it requires an incision at the location of the hernia.
  • Robotic surgery: Much the same as laparoscopic surgery, surgical tools are inserted through small incisions. The primary difference is that a surgeon controls a robot that performs the procedure.

Teen driver-involved crashes increase during “100 Deadliest Days”

Teenage drivers, due simply to lack of experience, pose a significant threat to you and other drivers and passengers on the roadway. When teenagers spend more time on the roads, your odds of finding yourself involved in a car crash with one increase as a result. Each summer, when high school students across Georgia take to the state’s streets and highways in droves, the number of fatal car wrecks taking place there increases substantially. The number of people losing their lives on the nation’s roads increases so much during the length of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, in fact, that the span has become known as the “100 Deadliest Days.”

Just how hazardous is it to be a driver or passenger traveling the roadways during this stretch of time between school years?

Workplace dehydration can hit you fast

When working, you don't always pay attention to your health and well-being. Unfortunately, this can lead to a situation in which you wait too long to address a serious health concern, such as dehydration.

Workplace dehydration can hit you fast, especially if you're working in the heat. If you have any reason to suspect dehydration, such as a dry mouth and dizziness, it's imperative to move to a cool place and then rehydrate as quickly as possible.

Are you familiar with the many types of shopping accidents?

It doesn't matter if you're visiting a grocery store, shopping mall, home improvement store or some other type of retail location, safety should always be your No. 1 priority.

Unfortunately, there are many types of shopping accidents that can cause serious injury or even death. These four are among the most common:

  • Slip and fall: This can result from wet floors, faulty elevators and poor lighting among other conditions
  • Shopping carts: They appear harmless enough, but shopping cart accidents can cause serious injuries, especially if a child is involved.
  • Overcrowding: If a store becomes overcrowded, such as during the holiday shopping season, the risk of trampling and other dangerous situations is more likely.
  • Parking lots: You assume that the only risk in a parking lot is moving vehicles, but this isn't true. There are a variety of defects, such as cracks and potholes, which increase the likelihood of an accident.

Easy ways to stay safe when working in the rain

Working in the rain isn't a lot of fun, but if your job requires it, you have no choice but to push on. Unfortunately, if you don't adjust your approach, you increase the risk of being injured in an accident.

Here are three when working in the rain:

  • Slow down and take your time: Even if it means staying on the job site a bit longer, it's better than risking your safety. Rain makes it difficult to move at your normal pace, so consciously slow yourself down to remain safe.
  • Wear the appropriate gear: Working in a t-shirt and jeans in a heavy rainstorm is a bad idea, as it'll soon become waterlogged. Instead, opt for a raincoat and rain pants, along with the proper shoes and gloves. Also, you may need to wear eye protection, such as goggles, depending on the job.
  • Carefully select your tools: Using electrical tools in wet weather increases the likelihood of electrocution. Also, be careful when choosing hand tools, as those without a nonslip grip will be difficult to hang onto.
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