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Safety first, what to know before your children go swimming

Before your kids head out to the pool this summer, please prepare them.

The kids just want to have fun. As parents, first and foremost, you want your children to be safe. About 10 people die from drowning on a day-to-day basis. Amongst children from ages 1 to 14, unintentional drowning is the second leading cause of death. No need to push the panic button. As long as they take a few safety precautions, they can enjoy the waters. Remember, teaching your children how to swim may be a lifesaving skill.

Best practices for safe lifting

When lifting is part of your job, it seems like it's never the medium-sized box in the posters. Often the things you have to lift are awkward to carry and you have to bend and twist to get to them. These situations can increase the risk of a potential injury.

There is no shortage of advice for safe lifting to prevent injury, but what do you do when the advice isn't practical for what you do every day?

The road's biggest dangers for pedestrians

It's warming up and everyone wants to get out and enjoy the weather. Keep your eyes and ears open while you're out, though, because pedestrian accidents happen every day. There are certain variables that statistically make you more likely to be in an accident, so watch out for yourself, your children, and your pets while you're out and about this season. 

Workers' compensation: Compensable injury distinction

Workers' compensation claims are often difficult to navigate. There are many different things that have to come together when you file for benefits. The type of injury and the way it happened matter when your application is being processed.

One of the most important things in these cases is what type of injury occurred. Workers' compensation will determine if the injury is compensable or not compensable. Here are some important points about this distinction:

5 dangerous habits that lead to distracted driving

Every day, you see distracted drivers. Maybe you're dropping your children off at school and you see other parents on the phone while they drive through the school zone. Maybe you're heading out for lunch and you see drivers texting at every stoplight -- and often not putting their phones down when traffic starts moving again. Perhaps you're walking through the neighborhood when you see a friend drive by, turned all the way around to talk to his or her children in the back of the car.

No matter the specifics, you see distractions everywhere. You've heard the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1,200 people get hurt every day in distracted driving accidents, while 15 people pass away.

A brain injury's impact could have unexpected implications

It's hard to know exactly what will happen after a person suffers a head injury. Until the individual goes through medical tests and has time to heal, there's little anyone can say about how the individual will heal. The truth is that head injuries are all different, and what causes very little trauma in one person could lead to devastating consequences in another.

Brain injuries happen as a result of impact in most cases of accidents. For instance, you might fall from a ladder at work or get into a serious car crash while on the way to a meeting. When your brain impacts your skull in any way, there's a potential for serious injury including an acute concussion.

These ladder safety tips could help save you from an accident

Depending on your profession, using a ladder may be second nature. For example, if you work in the construction or roofing industry, you probably use a ladder almost every day of your life.

While there are many reasons to use a ladder, here's something to remember: Accidents can and do happen every now and again. And as you can imagine, a fall from a ladder can cause serious injury or even death.

5 tips for avoiding a winter car crash

The winter season has the potential to be dangerous for drivers. People may travel too quickly, drive through a massive puddle or hit patches of ice, so they hydroplane or slide and cause crashes.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of injuries and crashes. Here are five things you can do to prevent accidents this winter.

  • Have your vehicle inspected

Truck accidents: serious damage, serious injuries

When standard-sized cars collide with fully loaded commercial vehicles, the smaller vehicles almost always lose the proverbial fight. Occupants of passenger cars and trucks, even after considering safety innovations like steel compartment cages, surrounding airbags and crumple zones, often suffer serious injuries or tragically lose their lives.

Fully loaded semi-trucks and tractor-trailers easily weigh 50, 60, 70,000 pounds or more. Even the largest SUVs and passenger trucks only weigh about 6,000 pounds, however, and cars are even lighter. The force produced by a semi moving at highway speed is simply overwhelming on a smaller vehicle. 

On-the-job head injuries are a serious matter

Injuries on the job should always be taken seriously, but some employers seem to believe that they can dictate how quickly an employee recovers after a workplace accident. This can prove especially true when the an employee suffers a mild brain injury, because there are usually no visible signs of the injury and it is tempting to assume that the employee can return to work safely before he or she finishes healing.

Very few people truly understand the scope of harm that a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) poses. Even the victims themselves often do not realize how many areas of their daily lives suffer from the symptoms.

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