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Work-zone safety awareness focus of upcoming construction season

The construction season in the state of Wisconsin is rapidly approaching and officials in the state are preaching awareness of construction zone safety. Notably, officials in Outagamie County are pushing for public awareness of this very important topic. The officials in the county are asking for both the public and construction workers in these zones to be aware of their surroundings in order to remain safe when in the zones.

The call for awareness in these work zones came at the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which was earlier in the month of April. To explain how important this awareness is for drivers and workers, there were some 2,700 accidents that occurred in work zones in 2017 across the state of Wisconsin.

What are you doing to prevent these common workplace accidents?

Workplace accidents are more common than many people believe. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge can lead to a situation in which you put yourself at greater risk of injury.

Regardless of your profession, it should be part of your daily goal to remain 100 percent safe. This means becoming familiar with the common workplace accidents, such as the following:

  • Slip and fall: This can happen anywhere at any time. For example, you could slip and fall on the steps outside your office building. The same holds true of the grounds of a construction site.
  • Falling objects: Depending on your profession, there may be items stored at height. There may also be people working at height. If anything falls from above, such as a tool, it could injure anyone standing below.
  • Fall from height: Do you work on a ladder or scaffolding on a regular basis? How about roofs? If you work at height, you must do whatever it takes to avoid a fall to the ground below. This is a dangerous accident that can result in serious injury and even death.

What are the most common types of landscaping injuries?

With the weather beginning to change, landscaping companies are spending more and more time outdoors.

As someone who works in this industry, you may be looking forward to warmer weather. You may also be preparing yourself to avoid injury once again this year.

There are many ways to work safely in a trench

Do you often find yourself working in a trench on your job? Do you have concerns about your safety? Do you trust that your employer is doing whatever it takes to keep you safe when you're working below grade?

Working safely in a trench requires implementing certain specific safety protocols. If one of these protocols is omitted, workers' lives are endangered. Ideally, the company owner and foreman will be proactive about trench safety procedures, With all this in mind, you need to follow these trench safety tips:

  • Never enter an unprotected trench
  • Don't enter a trench until you are 100 percent sure that there is an adequate protection system in place
  • Be sure to inspect the protection system before entering the trench, making sure that it's defect-free and installed in the appropriate manner
  • Stay in constant contact with the rest of your team so that they are familiar with proper procedures, who is in the trench, and what they should and shouldn't be doing

Do you know how to work safely in the rain?

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself working outdoors on a regular basis. While there's nothing wrong with this, you can't assume that the weather will always cooperate. For example, there will be times when the rain begins to fall.

Here are several tips to keep you safe when working in the rain:

  • Move slowly: Since wet conditions can cause slick surfaces, it's important to slow down and be patient.
  • Wear the right type of shoes: For example, your shoes should have deep tread to ensure that you maintain maximum traction at all times.
  • Wear rain gear: Even if this is uncomfortable, it's important to wear pants and a coat that will keep the water off your normal clothing.
  • Wear gloves: With tight gloves that keep the water out, you'll find it easier to maintain a strong grip, even in the wettest of conditions.
  • Make it easy for other people to see you: Heavy rain can reduce visibility, thus making it a challenge for others to see you. You can combat this by wearing bright colors.

Things that can cause an outdoor slip-and-fall accident

If you work outdoors, even only part of the day, it's important to become familiar with the many causes of a potential slip-and-fall accident. This information can help you avoid trouble, thus preventing an on-the-job injury.

Here are some of the many things that can cause an outdoor slip-and-fall accident:

  • Ice or snow accumulation. Even if you're aware that a surface is slippery, it doesn't mean you'll be able to avoid falling. It's important to take extreme caution if you're working outdoors in less than ideal conditions.
  • Inadequate lighting. Many outdoor slip-and-fall accidents are the result of poor lighting, as you may not be able to see what you're doing or where you're going. If you don't have enough light to safely do your job, you should stop what you are doing.
  • Debris. Depending on your industry, it's possible that worksite debris could begin to pile up throughout the day. For example, this is common in the construction industry. Unfortunately, it only takes one piece of debris in the wrong place to cause an accident.

What are the primary signs of a spine injury?

You never want to learn that you have suffered a spine injury, as this can change your life in a number of ways. For example, the most serious type of spine injury could result in paralysis.

Even if you have reason to believe you'll never injure your spine, you don't know what could happen in the future. This is why you need to become familiar with the primary signs of an injury:

  • Severe back pain and discomfort that worsens when you attempt to move
  • Inability to move your legs and/or arms
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness in your legs, back and/or buttocks
  • A loss of consciousness following an accident, such as a motor vehicle crash
  • Stiffness, pain and discomfort in your neck and other body parts

A foot crush injury requires prompt medical attention

When carrying a heavy object, you need to take special care, as one slip can lead to a serious accident that results in extensive harm to your body.

For example, if you're carrying a large tool on a construction site, dropping it could result in a foot-crush injury.

What do you know about falling objects on construction sites?

If you work in the construction industry, you get into the habit of watching where you're walking. You know that any type of debris on the ground could get in your way, thus causing a slip-and-fall accident.

However, there's something else you need to know: An object could fall from above, thus striking you and causing serious injury.

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There are many ways to make it through the estate planning process without facing a mound of anxiety.

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