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Common signs that lead you to believe divorce is near

It is very challenging to make a marriage successful. You can't just wake up each day and hope that things will go well with your spouse. You need to make a concerted effort to support them through thick and thin, be there for them emotionally, love them and help them work through their own personal problems. When a marriage no longer works, divorce is the best option. Here are some signs that divorce is in your future.

Have the views of your spouse changed since you married? For example, does your spouse no longer want to have children? Have your views changed? If so, this can make or break a marriage. When one spouse no longer wants to start a family, it can put a heavy strain on the relationship and many times, the only solution is divorce.

What are the symptoms of toxic exposure?

No matter where you work, there are likely chemicals present. They can be hazardous chemicals that can cause burns in a laboratory or they can be cleaning chemicals that can cause breathing problems. Either way, you need to protect yourself when working and using chemicals so that you do not suffer any health issues. If you are exposed, what are the symptoms of toxic exposure?

Respiratory exposure to toxic chemicals come with the following symptoms: tight chest, coughing, choking and irritation of the lungs, trachea or nose.

How to eliminate distractions on a construction site

The construction site is one of the most dangerous places you can work in Saint Croix. Between the power tools, working at elevated levels, trenches, electricity, heavy machinery and human error; a job in construction is incredibly dangerous. You need to eliminate as many distractions on a construction site as possible in order to remain safe and we will explain how you can do that.

If you are responsible for operating heavy machinery or any type of vehicle, even an ATV, do not use your phone at all. Put the phone in a locked console or even leave it in your locker. You likely have some form of radio system in the vehicle with you should you need to contact anyone.

How do I file a safety claim against my employer?

When you go to work each day, there's always the possibility that you will suffer an injury. It doesn't matter what line of work you are in; an injury could be lurking around every corner. You need to do everything possible to protect yourself on the job. If you are fearful of your safety and think your employer is ignoring hazards, you can file a claim with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

You have three methods for filing a health and safety claim with OSHA: phone, fax/mail or online. When filing online or via fax/mail, you will need to download and complete the official OSHA complaint form. If filing a complaint over the phone, you will need the same information you would enter on the form, so you can provide it to the agent who handles your call.

Many life events may impact a will

A strong last will and testament is the foundation of most estate plans, regardless of how complex a person's estate may be. Whether you have significant resources to manage and disperse or simply want to make sure that your wishes are clearly documented for your loved ones when the time comes, it is vitally important to craft a will and maintain it.

Unfortunately, many people do not realize that their will may not protect their rights and wishes in Wisconsin if it does not accurately reflect their life circumstances and estate. In order to ensure that your will represents your wishes properly, it is wise to revisit the document any time that you experience significant life events, or every four years if no major life events occur.

Common causes of leg injuries at work

When you head out the door each day for work you likely don't think about suffering an injury. Even though you might have it in the back of your head how to keep yourself safe, you probably aren't thinking about what you will do if you are ever injured on the job. Today, we will discuss the most common causes of leg injuries at workplaces in Saint Croix, Wisconsin.

When working in a factory, on a dock or in a warehouse, it's not uncommon to work near or on big machines or heavy equipment. If you are not paying attention, or someone else is not paying attention, you could wind up getting stuck or struck by one of these objects. This is a common cause of leg injuries on the job.

How can I hold my employer responsible for an injury?

Suffering an injury on the job can keep you out of work for quite a while, causing the bills to pile up as you no longer have a steady income. Even though you can file for and receive workers' compensation, this is only a percentage of your regular income. If you are injured at work, you might be able to hold your employer responsible for your injury.

One way in which an employer can be held responsible for the injuries suffered by an employee is if they were negligent in hiring the employee who caused the injury or if they provided negligent supervision when the accident occurred that caused an injury. In order for this to work, the employer must have reasonably known that the employee they hired would not be a good fit for the job or would be dangerous.

Protecting yourself around a trench on a construction site

It is common to find a trench on a construction site in Wisconsin. Trenches are used for various projects and should be monitored for safety and any hazards at all times. If you need to work in or around a trench on a Saint Croix construction site, it's important you know how to protect yourself, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The following are some vital safety measures that must be taken when working on a construction site with a trench:

  • Never work in a trench while under a raised load
  • Keep all heavy machinery away from the edges of the trench
  • Always test for fumes, low oxygen and toxic gases
  • Keep all surcharge loads no less than two feet from the edge of the trench
  • Inspect the trench after it rains
  • Inspect the trench prior to the start of every shift
  • Have a map of underground utilities

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.

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