Types Of Construction Site Injuries

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The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. According to Center for Disease Control, construction workers suffered fatal injuries in 2009 than workers in other industries did.

Causes of construction accidents depend on a number of factors…not all causes are easy to spot. Knowing about different types of construction site injuries will help you identify the type of injury you are suffering from and will help you avoid future injuries.

Common Types Of Construction Site Injuries

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  • Burns and Scarring

At a construction site, you can expect to find flammable chemicals, leaking pipes and exposed live wires. All these can cause a fire or an explosion. Although it’s rare for explosions or fires to happen at construction sites, there’s still a chance that they may happen and the results can be fatal.

  • Head Injuries

Sometimes objects fall at constructions sites. Anything could fall including tools or bags of cement that haven’t been secured properly. Depending on how heavy the object is or how dangerous it is, they can cause serious head or brain damage to construction workers. It’s very important that construction workers always wear safety equipment while at construction sites.

  • Spinal cord injuries

One of the biggest risks associated with working at a construction site is falls. Workers can fall from ladders, roofs, cranes, and any other heights. They can also slip on slippery surfaces or trip on an object or a raised surface.

  • Lacerations and cuts

You can cut yourself on broken glass, exposed nails, unsecured machinery and other hazards at the construction site. If you don’t get medical attention as soon as possible, you might end up with a serious infection.

  • Crushed bones and fractures

You are at a high risk of being run over by a large truck backing out of your construction site or getting crushed between vehicles. Sometimes the building where you are working in can collapse unexpectedly and seriously injure those who are inside.

  • Respiratory diseases

Working at a construction site exposes you to a lot of dust, which could lead to Pneumoconiosis, a chronic lung disease.

  • Limb loss

Heavy objects, pieces of machinery, and materials can fall on you or trap you. The impact of the fall can easily cut off your leg, arm or fingers. In other cases, the impact of the fall can crash the bones in your limbs and you may require amputation to save your life.

  • Loss of hearing

Building equipment and heavy machinery can be extremely loud and consequently lead to loss of hearing. If you don’t wear earplugs while operating a jack hammer or any other loud equipment, you might go deaf. If a heavy object falls on one side of your head or on the ear, it could lead to complete or partial hearing loss.

  • Loss of vision

If you are exposed to construction site hazards such as gases and chemicals, you run the risk of becoming blind. And even if you don’t instantly become blind, prolonged exposure to dangerous chemicals or gases may eventually lead to blindness.

  • Heat stroke and repetitive motion injuries

Construction work requires a lot of physical labor and you can easily suffer from overexertion related injuries. For instance, you can damage your joints and muscles when you overuse them. Furthermore, as a construction worker you might be required to work all year round regardless of the weather conditions.

So if you work in the summer heat, you run the risk of suffering from a heat stroke. If you don’t go to the hospital after suffering a heat stroke, you could suffer from kidney, heart or brain damage or even death.

During the winter months, you can suffer from frostbite, which could lead to loss of parts of the face, fingers and toes.

  • Lead poisoning

Unsafe work practices and construction sites can expose you to high levels of lead. According to CDC, 16% of construction workers had high levels of lead in their blood in 2002-2008.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Watching other workers getting injured at work or even watching them die from a work related accident can be a traumatic experience for anyone.

Legal Remedies For Construction Site Accidents

construction site injuriesIf you suffer a fall while working at a construction site, you should file for workers’ compensation and file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.

If you somehow get injured by construction equipment or machinery, you can sue the manufacturing company for product liability. You can also file a similar lawsuit if the safety equipment you were wearing failed to protect you in the event of an accident.

If you were ran over by a truck at the construction site, you can sue the supervisor for negligence. The supervisor is in charge of controlling the worksite and should be vigilant in preventing such accidents from happening.

If you are currently struggling with a respiratory disease that resulted from working at the construction site, you may have a product liability case against the manufacturer of the product that caused the illness or against your employer.

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We Will Review Your Claim Free of Charge

You need to consult with a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible if you have been involved in a construction site accident in order to protect your legal compensation rights. Your employers’ workers’ compensation plan might cover your injuries but we can tell you from experience that all cases are unique and you might need legal representation.

Construction site accidents can be confusing and complicated. We understand the intricacies of the MA and RI court systems and we have plenty of experience handling construction injury cases. When you combine our track record of bringing our clients the results they deserve and our expert knowledge, you can be guaranteed that we will fight for your rights.

We understand that injuries resulting from working at a construction site can disrupt your life. Which is why our team of lawyers can meet with you anywhere including the hospital, your home or in any one of our offices in Cape Cod, MA and RI.

Contact any of our attorneys at (800)200-7752 for a free initial consultation.

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Tips For Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents This Summer

pedestrian accidentNow that the sun is out, people are walking on the streets on a regular basis. Having established that pedestrians are most likely to get into accidents during the summer, it’s very important that you pay attention while walking on the streets.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 4, 400 pedestrians were killed in 2011 and 69, 000 were injured. In fact, a report by Smart Growth America indicates that pedestrian accidents made up 15% of all traffic fatalities in 2012.

Our communities are striving to make the roads safe again for pedestrians and some of the measures they’ve taken include building innovative paths and bridges, safer intersections and coming up with awareness programs.

Despite the effort to make the roads safer for pedestrians, there are still roads that haven’t been developed properly to be safe for pedestrians.

Who Is At A Greater Risk Of Getting Into A Pedestrian Accident?

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Certain groups in our community are at a higher risk of getting into pedestrian accidents and they include:

  • Senior citizens

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Road Accident Fatalities: When Are They Likely To Happen

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There are certain times and situations when road accident fatality peaks. For instance, pedestrian accidents are pretty common through out the year but they become prevalent during the summer when most people are likely to get out of the house and go for a walk or run.

The American community is trying its best to make our roads safer by building safer intersections, developing awareness programs and developing innovative paths and bridges. Even though our communities are trying to take road safety seriously, the risk of getting into a fatal road accident still remains high. Let’s take a look at the most dangerous times to drive.

During Certain Days

road accident fatalitiesDid you know that 1 in four car accidents happen during rush hour? We lose billions of dollars each year owing to property damage, emergency and safety personnel costs, medical costs and lost earnings and productivity.

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Facts You Should Know About Boating Accident Liability

boating accident liabilityBoating accidents can bring up very tricky legal issues and they might even make it difficult to establish liability.

Boating should be loads of fun if you follow all the boating safety rules. Unfortunately, you might follow all the rules but still get into an accident. So if you ever get into a boating accident, here are crucial facts about boating accident liability you should be aware of.

General Rule Of Negligence

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What Are Some Of The Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents?

common causes of trucking accidentsCommercial trucks are a massive presence on our nation’s roads. Truck drivers must have driving skills a notch above everyone else, because their vehicles have so much more potential to cause harm and damage. They must react quicker to stop or swerve, and take extra precautions in changing lanes and in bad weather.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

common causes of trucking accidentsHere are some of the more common causes of trucking accidents.

  • Reckless Car Drivers

While truck drivers need to have special skills and use extra caution, there are still basic safety requirements expected of drivers in small vehicles. If you take it upon yourself to drive in a truck’s blind spot for an extended period of time you are asking to be sideswiped by an 18 wheeler.

  • Trucker Compensation Incentives

While commercial truckers are given financial incentives to meet tight deadlines, unfortunately it also means some drivers will eschew safety precautions in order to meet or beat their expected arrival time. We’ve all seen it before: truckers going above and beyond the speed limit and changing lanes quickly without regard for their fellow growth inhabitants.

  • Unsecured Cargo

It’s only natural that when you come up behind a truck with an open bed hauling goods you can only assume are securely fastened in place, you worry something will work its way loose smash into your windshield.

No matter what a truck driver is carrying, if the trucking company and its employees don’t take explicit measures to secure their trucks’ cargo, it can end up causing a serious accident.

  • Inadequate Driver Training

Commercial truck drivers must get special training to maneuver such a massive vehicle with tons of cargo. If they aren’t properly trained, which unfortunately happens sometimes, they are a menace on the roads.

  • Trucking Equipment Malfunctions

It doesn’t matter how safe a truck driver is if the vehicle they are driving is not functioning properly. If the trucking company does not stay up to date on scheduled maintenance, things such as premature tire wear or break malfunctions can cause an accident.

  • Other Drivers

 

And of course, truck drivers are by far not the only ones responsible for accidents on the road. There are a lot of other drivers out there in cars and other smaller vehicles who tend to pull a dumb move from time to time, oblivious to our presence. While we can’t control what other people do, it’s important to be the ultimate defensive driver when behind the wheel of a big rig.

  • Poor Judgment

Of course, poor judgment can also be a cause of trucking accidents. This obviously covers most of the above, as driving with little sleep, doing drugs, or hitting the road without proper training are obviously all poor choices. But sometimes poor judgment is more split second than that, and this is the case in many accidents that don’t involve commercial trucks as well.

These are just a few examples. Any number of things can cause a truck accident. Sometimes no one is at fault. However, sometimes negligence occurs, putting people’s lives at risk.

How To Avoid Trucking Accidents

Driving our nation’s big trucks takes a certain kind of an individual-a certain type of driver. There are a lot of hazards involved, both for them and other vehicles-add in long hours, a wandering mind, exhaustion, and hazardous road conditions. Many things may go wrong. This is no news to a truck driver, especially those who take their jobs really seriously, but a reminder never hurts, and in this business, being too sure of yourself can be a dangerous thing.

It’s a fine line. Here are some safety pointers that will help truck drivers avoid accidents.

  • Pass Extremely Carefully

It never ceases to amaze me when I see big trucks hurtling by me in the fast lane on mountain roads-roads they no doubt know like the backs of their hands; additionally, excessive confidence in oneself can be lethal in this business. Big trucks have huge blind spots and it’s easy to miss the presence of a tiny vehicle on the road, especially on a windy road. Always be 100% positive about how many vehicles are around and where they are before making a safe pass.

  • Be Ready for the Road

While most drivers are responsible professionals, the job is taxing on both the body and mind, and it is extremely imperative to keep both finely tuned. Make sure you get adequate sleep, healthy meals, and regular exercise so that you are fully ready for your driving duties and all the variables that come along with them.

This equally applies to your vehicle. Be over-diligent about maintenance and check the entire rig more often than is required.

  • Go at or Under the Speed Limit

With a time crunch and superiors breathing down your neck, it can be tempting to go faster than is legal or safe, but speeding is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. Big trucks have a much longer needed stopping distance, and if a truck is going too fast and suddenly brakes, there is a real hazard of jackknifing, which is very dangerous for you and any person around. Always stick to the speed limit posted for big trucks, and if you’re ever in doubt, go slower than is necessary.

  • Make Super Slow Turns

Your speed is especially important when taking big turns as your berth will be much wider than a smaller vehicle’s. If anyone is beside you, you run the risk of pushing them out of their lane with your trailer. And even if you go a little too fast and just edge towards them, the other driver may panic and it can cause an accident that didn’t need to happen.

  • Refrain From Tailgating

Pursuing the car or truck too closely is not only rude or obnoxious, but it can be high risk as well. There are drivers around who make an effort to bully smaller sized trucks sluggishly driving in front of them by means of driving their bumper near their trucks to make them hurry up. If you are dealing with this situation, just make room and allow them to pass by. Move away from the car or truck too. A brush with rude truck drivers should be taken in jest because even the most basic payback may end up into something drastic

Again, this is all things that truckers know, and in fact doesn’t even scratch the surface of what only experience can teach. But when we do something day in and day out, we tend to fall into a routine, and if nothing has ever gone wrong before, we tend to stop taking it as seriously. Therefore, keep these in mind the next time you head out, and be that much more careful about getting back home safely.

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9 Tips To Help You Prevent Boating Accidents This Summer

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In 2014, the number of recreational boating accidents totaled 610, the second lowest number of boating fatalities ever recorded. The lowest number of boating related deaths was 560 in 2013, according to the Coast Guard. Alcohol was the leading cause of these accidents, accounting for 21% of all deaths. Almost 71% of the victims drowned, and of those, it’s reported that 84% were not wearing a life vest as required by law. Here are great tips to help you prevent boating accidents this summer in Rhode Island and to ensure you won’t be part of the statistics.

Wear Life Jackets

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A life jacket is the number one safety thing that every occupant should either put on or have available. When operating a watercraft, you need to have a life jacket at all times because you are closer to the water and there is a greater risk of falling in with no time to wear your life vest. If you’re on a larger vessel, it is not always a must that you put on a life vest at all times, particularly if the vessel has an interior space. However, use your common sense, if there are weather problems that may pose hazardous to your trip, wear your life vest at all times.

Always Be Alert

prevent boating accidentsJust as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and risky, and is among the top causes of boating accidents. As mentioned above, alcohol is to blame for a number of boating related deaths. Alcohol tricks your brain into thinking that you’re sober and that you can operate a boat, while in reality you have lost the reactions required to operate your craft appropriately. Therefore, never operate your boat while under the influence of alcohol. Also, never travel in a vessel if you suspect the operator may have been taking alcohol or is otherwise intoxicated.

Inspect Your Boat

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5 Awesome Tips For Great Boating This Summer

boating this summerWhether you own a small vessel or a comfy cabin cruiser, when summer arrives and it is time to get your boat back on the water, you need to be sure it is ready to go. No boat operator wants a dead battery or sputtering engine on that first day on the water. Getting prepared is more than washing off dirt and dust. It means inspecting all systems to ensure they are in good working condition to prevent accidents. We give you 5 tips on getting your boat ready for summer and 5 ways to prevent boating accidents while cruising.

5 Tips to Get Your Boat Ready This Summer

1. Fluids, belts, hoses and control cables

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Inspect and top off all fluids such as gear case oil, engine oil, antifreeze, power trim and power steering. Check engine hoses and the belts, looking for any sign of corrosion and to make sure they are tight and secure. Make sure the belts fit firmly around the pulleys. Check control cables for any crack or swelling. This might be a sign they are not safe. If you are not familiar with these items, schedule a meeting with a qualified boat technician.

2. Get a professional tune-up

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Back To Basics: Spring Driving Dangers

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Winter came to an end and the weather is a little better. You’d think the roads would be safe again but there are plenty of spring driving dangers. We have some tips that can help get you and your car safely to summer. But first, let’s take a look at why spring driving is so dangerous.

Causes Of Spring Driving Dangers

Slippery Road Conditions and Flooding

According to the Federal Highway Administration, spring rain was responsible for 46% of road accidents from 2002- 2012. Wet pavements on the other hand accounted for 74% of weather related accidents. So why does rain make spring driving dangerous? For starters, it increases the distance it takes to stop and it reduces your car’s handling. Traction on your tires can also be significantly reduced by big puddles and could lead to hydroplaning.

Hailstorms

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If you live in an area that’s particularly affected by hail storms like Missouri, Kansas, Colorado or Wyoming then you are at an increased risk of getting into an accident. Here’s why:

If it rains balls of ice, the roads aren’t that good for you or anyone for that matter. Moreover, hailstones can shatter wind shields.

Wear And Tear

Winter wreaks havoc on roads in many states. Sand, salt, ice and the aftermath of ice can cause significant wear and tear on the roads. Once the snow melts away, you should expect to see new potholes.

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7 Great Motorcycle Passenger Tips This Spring

motorcycle passenger riding tipsIf you have been a motorcycle rider long enough, you probably have a few stories about passengers who have made your ride challenging. There are a number of reasons why your rides transpired the way they did. Thankfully, they don’t have to be like that anymore especially after you have taken so much time to prepare your motorcycle for spring.

You can easily customize your motorcycle riding experience depending on what you want. You might decide to ride with a motorcycle passenger on your way to work or for a road trip. Whatever the case, you have to consider a number of substantial details before and during carrying your passenger.

If you want your passenger to be the kind of person you enjoy riding with, here are some great motorcycle passenger tips:

1. Tell Them To Wear Protective Clothing

They should first of all have some sort of protective gear for their eyes. A good helmet should serve the purpose of protecting them not only from the impact of an accident but also from harsh weather elements like the sun and the wind. If the helmet does not have a face shield, they should wear sunglasses.

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How To Prepare Your Motorcycle For Spring

prepare your motorcycle for springIf you rode all winter, then your bike should be ready for spring but if your motorcycle spent the entire winter in the garage or some other storage facility, then it’s far from ready to just get and go.

How exactly should you prepare your motorcycle for spring? Below is a checklist you should use every time before you hit the road on your bike:

Check Your Stands

You want your stands to work properly whether it’s a kickstand, side or center stand. They have to be secure to the bike. You don’t ever want to be the guy whose kickstand falls off the bike and you end up leaning it against the wall to support it.

Check Your Chassis

We are talking about suspensions, including your battery. Your belts and chains might require a few adjustments but your driveshaft might not. You don’t have to be a mechanic to see that your bike’s belt is worn out, torn or loose. If it doesn’t look right, don’t ride your bike regardless. Have a trusted mechanic check it out instead.

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