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What Should I Do If I’m in a Car Accident?

In the wake of a car accident, things are usually chaotic and confusing, especially if anyone is injured or the wreck happens in the middle of heavy traffic. Due to those facts, it is a good idea to prepare beforehand in case you’re in an accident. What Should I Do to Prepare in Case I’m in a Car Accident? Steps you can take to be ready in case you are in an auto accident include: Carry copies of important medical information concerning you and your family in your vehicle. Keep cones, emergency flares and warning triangles in your vehicle so you can put them up around the accident scene if necessary. What Should I Do Immediately After a Car Accident? If you are in a car accident, the first thing you should do is make sure that you and anyone else that needs medical assistance receives it. After that, you…
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Am I Working on an Unsafe Oil Rig?

We depend on oil workers to extract and process the materials that fuel many of our machines and keep our country running. When working with such volatile materials, site managers must make sure that the operation is running smoothly and safely. A single oversight can result in catastrophic consequences, for both oil field workers and the environment. What are the Basic Safety Requirements for Oil Rigs? To make sure that your manager is providing a safe workplace for you, ask yourself the following questions: Are employees drug tested? Are employees thoroughly screened before hiring? Can you find documentation of prior accidents? Are there emergency procedures in place for accidents or explosions? Are workers subjected to routine drills? Is safety equipment (headgear, shoes, boots, glasses, hearing protection) provided, or is the use of safety equipment enforced? Is the equipment defective or out-of-date? Were employees thoroughly trained on each piece of equipment?…
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Leading Long-term Nonfatal On-the-Job Injuries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has recently released a report on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, which require multiple days away from work. They found that for every 10,000 workplace injuries, that just over 100 required taking a temporary leave from duties. However, for those families where their loved one was injured, that time off work can be devastating financially. Not only is income lost, but medical bills can pile up on top of the regular household expenses. Facts About the Common Long-Term Workplace Injuries The information compiled by the BLS can help businesses and organizations in their efforts to limit workplace injuries. The following facts about nonfatal on-the-job injuries are worth noting: For instance, about 33 percent of all nonfatal injuries requiring days off were Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The leading professions in this particular injury were nursing assistants, laborers and people who moved freight, stock or other material….
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