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How to properly store chemicals in the office

When you work around chemicals, it can be a very dangerous situation if the chemicals are not handled properly. This includes storing the chemicals once you are done using them. It's important that you and all other employees who handle chemicals know how to properly store them when no longer in use. Let's take a look at proper storage tips for chemicals.

Every single container that stores a chemical must be properly marked. This includes the name of the chemical, the warnings associated with the chemical and anything else that employees can use to ensure their safety.

How to prevent repetitive motion injuries at work

It doesn't matter what type of job you work or where you go to work each day, it's not uncommon for you to wind up suffering a repetitive motion injury.

What is a repetitive motion injury? For starters, it is an injury that is caused by making the same motion over and over again with a part of your body. For example, the use of your arms to lift items or your hands and wrists to type on a computer. Here's how you can prevent such an injury.

Common causes of neck injuries on the job

Neck injuries can be an absolute pain to deal with no matter how severe. They can lead to more serious issues involving your spine, muscles, shoulders and head if not treated properly. You don't have to work in a dangerous industry to suffer a neck injury on the job. It can be caused by lack of attention, poor safety policies, accidents and much more.

One of the most common workplace accidents that causes neck injuries is that of a fall from heights. If you are up on a ladder, on scaffolding or on a platform and you fall, it can lead to serious neck issues that could linger for years to come.

Avoiding heat exhaustion on the job in Saint Croix

We are in the middle of incredible heat and humidity as the summer winds down in Wisconsin. This might not be a problem for those of you who have the luxury of working indoors with air conditioning. For thousands of others, the heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the work conditions when they are outside. Let's take a look at how you can avoid heat exhaustion on the job in Saint Croix.

If you know you will be working outside in the heat, it's best to drink 16 ounces of water at least 20 minutes before beginning your project. You should then drink another eight ounces of water every 20 minutes as you continue the work.

Construction worker injured by impaired driver in Wisconsin

A car accident on Interstate 41 in Appleton sent two people to the emergency room on August 18. The accident occurred around 3:45 a.m. It took place on the southbound side of I-41 at Highway 441 approaching Ballard Road. One of the people injured in the crash was a Wisconsin highway worker.

Officers were dispatched to an accident involving a driver who was operating while intoxicated (OWI). The injured construction worker was painting lines at the time of the crash. The second person injured in the crash was the passenger in the vehicle that struck the construction worker.

What protections does workers' compensation insurance provide?

Workers' compensation insurance exists to protect both employers and workers. Ultimately, Wisconsin employers are responsible to pay for the medical care and other expenses incurred by their employees who were injured while performing their job duties. However, without workers' compensation insurance, these expenses can be so exorbitant that -- without insurance -- paying for medical costs and income replacement could be enough to bankrupt a small company.

After devoting time -- and risking life and limb for the sake of the employer's benefit -- workers' compensation insurance is there to make sure a worker is always covered in the event of a serious injury. This is true no matter the financial capabilities of the company that employed the worker, and no matter the circumstances of the work-related health issue.

Tips for preventing toxic exposure in the workplace

Toxic exposure is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to you in the workplace. Electrocution, a fall from a height, being hit with a falling object and being struck by moving equipment are all dangerous accidents. However, when you are dealing with chemicals, you can also face serious dangers. Let's take a look at how to prevent toxic exposure in a Saint Croix workplace.

One of the first options you should look at to avoid toxic exposure might not always work. It is known as substitution. If the chemical you are working with is very harmful, try to switch it out for a less harmful one. The same idea can be applied to any piece of equipment or process involving a dangerous chemical.

Fall prevention gear all workers should have in Wisconsin

Construction workers are constantly in danger when at work in Saint Croix. Even if your construction site is known for safety and has strong policies in place, accidents can still happen that lead to severe injuries and even death. Workers who are constantly on scaffolding or working high off the ground should have fall prevention gear with them at all times.

Aside from a hard hat and nonslip shoes, which should be steel-toed boots, you should always have lifelines with you. Lifelines are ropes that are secured horizontally, vertically and are self-retracting. These lines will be your lifeline should you fall from scaffolding or an open window. They will help you secure yourself until a rescue can be performed.

Personal protective equipment can prevent serious injuries

When you work as an industrial employee, you are faced with various dangers throughout the day. Your job could involve handling chemicals, explosive material, heavy machinery and other items that can lead to serious injuries or death if you are not safe. That's why personal protective equipment (PPE) is so important to industrial workers in Wisconsin.

PPE includes hard hats, goggles, gloves, protective shoes, full-body suits, fall prevention gear, masks, air tanks, ear plugs and more. Most employers will supply the majority of this equipment for their employees, so they are properly protected when working with dangerous items.

There are many reasons to update your estate plan documents

When people make an estate plan or last will, they often think of it as a one-time project. In reality, creating a comprehensive estate plan requires ongoing attention. As a general rule, it is usually smart to revisit your last will and all other documents from your estate plan every couple of years.

However, there are certain times in your life when you should accelerate the process. After certain changes to your life or your family, immediate revisions to your last will and estate plan are often your best option.

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