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Do you know the labels for various workplace hazards?

When you go to work in Wisconsin, do you know the hazards that are present? Every workplace has hazards that can lead to accidents and injuries. It's important that you know of all these hazards, especially if they involve flames, chemicals or other items that can cause a problem. So, do you know the labels for various workplace hazards?

Health hazard (top half of a body): This label warns against reproductive toxicity, carcinogens, aspiration toxicity, mutagens and other problems.

5 tips to keep you safe when operating a forklift

Depending on the industry in which you work and your qualifications, you may find yourself regularly using a forklift. Even if you're not the one operating the forklift, you could still be in close proximity to these vehicles.

There are many tips you can follow to maintain your safety when operating a forklift, with these five among the most important:

  • Inspect the forklift before use: Doing so allows you to pinpoint any defects or damage that could hinder your ability to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. If there's a problem, mark the forklift as out of service and report it to your supervisor.
  • Wear your seat belt: Just the same as a motor vehicle, you should wear your seat belt at all times. Without a seat belt, a minor accident can turn into one that is much more serious.
  • Watch for hazards: For example, if you spot something on the floor ahead of you, don't attempt to run it over. Instead, turn the vehicle off, dismount and remove the item from your path.
  • Know your load: In addition to safe and proper loading, it's critical to understand how much weight your forklift can handle. Carrying an overweight or unstable load greatly increases the risk of an accident.
  • Don't drive recklessly: There are many forms of reckless driving on a forklift, such as operating the vehicle in excess of the speed limit, ignoring safety signs and giving other workers a ride. If you do any of these things, you're more likely to injure yourself and/or someone else.

How to protect your eyes on the job

No matter where you work, or which industry it is, there are dangers to your eyes that you face every single day. It's important that you protect your eyes as much as possible to avoid an accident that could leave you with vision problems. Today, our workplace safety tips include protecting your eyes on the job in Saint Croix, Wisconsin.

Learn the hazards present where you work that could wind up harming your eyes. This includes dust, concrete, water and other materials. If you work in construction or the medical industry, be sure to wear the appropriate goggles for the job. If you wear glasses, it might be a good idea to throw goggles on over them to protect them from scratching or breaking while working.

Preparing to work in the heat of the summer sun

The summer is right around the corner in Wisconsin, which means that thousands of workers will be handling their job duties outdoors in the heat. As much as you might be excited to say good bye to the cold temperatures, working in the heat can wind up causing serious health problems if you are not safe. Here's how to prepare to work in the heat of the summer sun.

Dress for the sun and the heat. Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, loose fitting clothing and more. Do not dress in layers as this will only keep the heat in your body. And, even though a hat will keep heat on your head, it helps keep the sun from beating directly on your body.

How to safely use a ladder at work

Using a ladder at work might seem like common sense. The safe use of a ladder is not always obvious. Many people become too comfortable in their surroundings, especially at work. This can lead to serious accidents that cause traumatic injuries. Falls from ladders can leave you with broken bones, brain injuries, back injuries and more. Here's how to safely use a ladder, so you can avoid an accident.

Make sure you choose the right ladder for the project. If you are working near power lines or other electrical equipment, use a fiberglass ladder. This will prevent conductivity that could cause you to be electrocuted.

Why you should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Working in an industrial setting can be stressful and dangerous. You might be working with heavy machinery, dangerous tools or other items that can cause serious injury and even death if you do not pay attention. It is important that you learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event that a co-worker goes into cardiac arrest on the job.

The most important part of learning CPR is knowing the chain of survival. The chain of survival includes the following:

  • Being able to recognize that someone is in cardiac arrest and then activating the emergency response system by calling 911.
  • Conducting early CPR using chest compressions.
  • Using a defibrillator.
  • Providing the patient with basic and advanced medical services.
  • Providing the patient with advanced life support.

How do I suggest safety changes at work?

It can be difficult to go to work in the morning knowing that not all safety precautions have been taken by your employer to protect you and your co-workers. Do you simply not show up for the job, or do you take the issue to a supervisor or a human resource official? Do you file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Here are some things to keep in mind when suggesting safety changes at work.

Document the issue that led you to make a safety suggestion. You can do this by taking pictures of the incident or hazardous area, writing down what happened and getting statements from witnesses to the incident.

There is a great chance your children will lose your wealth

As a parent, nothing feels as important to you as taking care of your children. You feel like you can keep doing that after you pass away. You can leave them your money and other assets, giving them financial security. You see your estate plan as one more way to provide for them and help them have the life you always wanted for them.

That may work, but here's the reality: They're probably going to waste that money. Did you know that wealthy families lose the wealth as it passes through the second generation in a stunning 70% of cases?

Important steps to take when a spill occurs

When you go to work in the morning, you usually aren't thinking about being involved in an incident that can lead to toxic exposure. Working with chemicals is a dangerous job, but there are precautions you can take to make sure you don't end up injured. If you are involved in a chemical spill, here are the important steps you need to take to avoid an injury.

The first thing you must do is determine the risk associated with the spill, and identify the substance that has spilled. If you determine that the spill is life-threatening, you need to call 911 immediately.

How lost wages from a work injury affect your life

An injury suffered on the job can wind up costing you a lot, especially in lost wages. The longer you miss time at work, the more likely it is that you will miss out on a proper salary. You need to report your work injury immediately, seek medical care and consult an attorney to protect your rights. Here's how lost wages from a work injury can affect your life.

As you might expect, an injury suffered on the job in Wisconsin can keep you from working for a lengthy period. This will inevitably lead to lost wages. The lost wages will have a spiraling impact on your life as a whole. Losing out on your complete income will cause you to struggle paying the bills, paying rent, paying the mortgage and even buying necessities like food and clothing.

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