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Scissor-lift leads to worker fatality

Equipment used in construction can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Last month, for example, a worker in an extended scissor lift was killed and two others suffered serious workplace injuries in a construction accident in Irving. A scissor lift is a platform that usually moves vertically by using linked and collapsible supports that are placed in a crisscross or scissor pattern. These are typically used on construction sites to reach very high areas.

The accident involved a collision between two ladders, according to an Irving Police Dept. spokesperson. Workers fell approximately 30 feet. One of the workers was in critical condition. The workers were employed by a specialty contractor performing construction work at a Frito-Lay North American facility. The Occupational and Industrial Safety Administration is conducting an accident investigation.

Pedestrians and drivers have a responsibility to act safely

Crossing the street shouldn't be inherently dangerous. Unfortunately for many pedestrians, the reality is that drivers aren't looking for them. In today's society, the number of people who walk from place to place is relatively small compared to those willing to hop into their vehicle and drive where they want to go. As a result, it isn't surprising that drivers aren't always looking for pedestrians.

As a pedestrian, you share responsibility in making sure no accidents happen. You are still required to look both ways, to wait for a WALK signal at any crosswalk that has one and to use a crosswalk when you can.

Preventing workplace accidents

Employers have the responsibility to take precautions against workplace injuries. Slipping, tripping and falling caused over 25% of all workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these were caused by ladders, roofs and scaffolding.

Brake-checking: A type of road rage

Both tailgating and brake-checking are actions often seen on the road. One driver may be trying to pass another and speed up closely to them. Another may not be paying attention and get too close to the vehicle in front of them.

The driver in front, who may be irritated by another vehicle following so closely behind them, could put on the brakes without any legitimate reason to do so. This could cause an accident, as the driver behind is too close to the other driver to stop fast enough.

Kitchen countertops behind workplace deaths

Household items can pose risks to the workers who produce these products. Thousands of workers in this country who make countertops from engineered stone may be suffering irreversible workplace injuries by inhaling unhealthy amounts of silica dust because engineered stone is produced mostly from mineral silica.

A report was recently issued on 18 cases of illnesses among workers who work with engineered stone in Texas, California, Colorado and Texas. Most of these workers were men, Hispanic and suffered from a disease that was progressive and severe. Silica is not a risk once the countertop is installed but may pose a risk for workers who cut slabs for consumers.

Speeding is extremely dangerous: Here's why

Speeding is a fairly common traffic offense. Almost everyone has committed it at one time or another. You might have been late for work and breached the speed limit or have been frustrated by a slow driver and sped around them to pass their vehicle.

The reality is that speeding is normal, but it's unsafe. Drivers who speed increase the risk of getting into a crash. In 2017, around 26% of all traffic fatalities involved at least one driver who was speeding at the time of the crash.

How do you prove fault following a truck accident?

Large trucks serve an important role in society. Commercial trucks provide a wide range of services, one of them being transporting goods across the nation. Because semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are heavily relied on to complete deliveries, the roadways are often filled with these massive vehicles. Although truck drivers must operate under federal trucking regulations, the unfortunate reality is that negligent truck drivers and trucking companies are the cause of many truck accidents.

How do you prove fault following a truck accident? To begin, one should understand who could be held liable following a truck crash. In some cases, fault is not just limited to the truck driver. It is possible for a victim to hold a trucking company, contractors, employers and even insurance companies liable.

Helping you take action after a workplace accident

Going to work can seem like a very routine activity for residents in Texas and elsewhere. While many individuals work in the same work environment day in and day out, others are constantly changing work sites due to their line of work. Regardless of where an employee works, the reality is that dangers in the workplace can come in many different forms. Thus, when a workplace accident occurs, an injured worker should take the time to understand what they can do to address the injuries and damages suffered.

Although dangerous work sites bring many risks, one does not need to work in such an environment to suffer a workplace injury. Additionally, even the most seasoned and skilled worker in the field could suffer harm because accidents do happen. And, when an accident is caused by the negligence of another party, an injured worker may be able to take legal action to obtain relief.

Sensory nerve pain can be a life-changing problem for patients

A catastrophic injury is any kind of injury that severely damages the spine or brain. Spinal fractures, skull fractures, damage to the spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries may all qualify as different kinds of traumatic injuries.

With catastrophic injuries, the reality is that your life is going to change. One of the side effects of these injuries that can be particularly painful is nerve damage with nerve pain.

Truck driver fatigue and the rate of truck accidents

Whether you are traveling in the morning, midday or at night, it is likely that you will encounter a commercial truck. Due to the constant need to make deliveries and shipments, semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are constantly used across the nation. While there are many benefits associated with these massive vehicles, the reality is that they have the ability to cause much destruction if an accident ensues. While there are many causes of truck accidents, a major factor is truck driver fatigue.

Sleep-deprived truck drivers cause serious and fatal truck accident each year. When looking at the numbers form 2017, there were a total of more than 4,600 fatalities involving large trucks. It was determined that more than 1% of truck accidents are attributed to truck drivers that fell asleep at the wheel or were fatigued. This amounts to an average of 62 per year from 2015 to 2017.

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