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May 2011 Archives

Improving Your Motorcycle Safety

With winter in the rearview mirror and gas prices on the rise, roadways are seeing an increase in motorcycle traffic. While a motorcycle’s combination of fun and fuel efficiency make it seem like the perfect transportation alternative, motorcycles also come with greater risk. Studies show that motorcyclists are thirty-five times more likely than a car driver to be killed in an accident. Simply, there are no bumpers, seat belts, or airbags between a biker and another vehicle or the pavement. Therefore, it is of vital importance that drivers take every opportunity to improve their safety while operating a motorcycle.

Raynaud's Syndrome In the Workplace

Every workplace holds some risk of injury or illness. For workers who spend more time in the elements or operating machinery, these risks increase. With harsh environments and the use of powerful equipment come commonly known injuries like heat stroke, crushing, falling or abrasions. Yet, other lesser-known injuries can occur that go unreported and untreated simply because workers are unaware the injury is a result of their job function. One such injury is Raynaud’s Syndrome.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In December 2010, shocking news emerged that five young men, ranging in age from sixteen to nineteen, were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while in their Florida hotel room. The teens’ hotel room was situated over a closed garage in which a car was left running. The car’s exhaust created a fatal accumulation of carbon monoxide which vented into the hotel room, causing their deaths. Sadly, this tragedy could easily have been prevented. Despite a law requiring them, life-saving carbon monoxide detectors were not found anywhere in the hotel.

Workers Compensation for Traveling Workers

Most workers are aware that injuries sustained while at work may be covered under workers compensation. However, the regular course of doing business for many workers involves traveling. The question then arises whether a person can be considered to be working when her or she is not at a traditional work site. Whether you fly across the globe for a business meeting, or drive across town to deliver documents or products to a client, you are likely to be considered to be performing a function of your job duties. Therefore, if you are injured while traveling for work, you may be able to receive compensation for medical care, costs and lost wages as a result of your injury.

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