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These are the most dangerous items on a farm

You work on a farm, and you know there are hazards there. Despite the risks, you love your job, so how can you stay safe? There are a few different ways to do so.

The main way to be safe is to understand the dangers all around you. By understanding the equipment you use and keeping it in good, working condition, you can stay safer on the job. If you're hurt, you can seek workers' compensation, but the best policy is to avoid an injury in the first place. To do that, here are three pieces of equipment you should learn to manage well.

Semitruck crash settlements deserve concerted attention

Being struck by a semitruck is a very traumatic event that most people wouldn't want to re-live. This is one of the reasons why some people choose to pursue settlements in personal injury cases involving a big rig.

When you are injured and opt to seek compensation for the damages you are dealing with, you might be ready to just get it over with quickly. This is sometimes possible; however, make sure that you don't rush so much that you aren't thinking about your future.

Factors that can lead to semitruck crashes

Semitruck crashes can critically injure victims in a way that causes them to suffer for the rest of their days or even die. It is imperative that all truckers are taking the necessary steps to keep themselves and everyone else on the road safe.

When a trucking accident occurs, the victim in the crash might decide to seek compensation. This could help him or her to recover money lost due to the crash, including lost wages and money to pay for medical care. Other types of compensation may also be possible.

Does your worksite value workers' safety?

If you work on a construction site, you know that dangers are present around every corner. In fact, thousands of workers suffer construction site injuries each year, often due to insufficient safety precautions or inconsistent application of safety practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors workplace safety concerns and maintains records of the worksite areas most commonly cited for safety violations.

According to OSHA, a few components of most worksites account for the majority of all construction injuries. If you notice questionable practices around these areas of your worksite, or if you believe that your employer has not properly trained you to understand safety procedures in these areas, speak up before someone gets hurt. If you don't, you just may be the one who suffers an injury.

The horrible facts surrounding motorcycle crashes

Motorcyclists enjoy the feeling of the open air on the road. They don't enjoy other drivers not keeping a watchful eye out for them. Even though all drivers should pay attention to what is going on, not all of them do and this, as we know, leads to devastating accidents.

One of the biggest hazards that motorcycle riders face is other drivers. Just to show the scope of the problem, think about this: When another vehicle is involved in a motorcycle crash, there is a 66.6 percent chance that the crash was caused by the motorist failing to yield the right of way to the motorcycle.

3 generations of a North Carolina family die in car crash

A 2-year-old girl, her 22-year-old mother, and her 42-year-old grandmother all lost their lives in a fatal crash in Nash County early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 1.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the family was driving along U.S. Highway 264 close to Bailey when the car's engine stalled. At that time, they were riding in the leftmost lane, fast approaching state highway 581.

Amputations can occur in some workplace accidents

When you are involved in an accident with heavy machinery or power equipment, there is a chance that you will suffer from an amputation. This means that you have a part of your body ripped or cut away from the rest of your body.

Unlike an amputation that occurs through a medical surgery, a traumatic amputation is one that often involves an unsanitary situation. This means that the person is at risk from the ruptured blood vessels, but also from the possibility of an infection.

Distractions are irritating, but can also be deadly for drivers

Distractions are difficult to deal with in any situation. When a driver is distracted, the situation can turn very dangerous and even possibly deadly. It is imperative that all drivers focus only on the road when they are driving. Everything else has to wait.

For people who are on the roadways, there are a few things to know about distracted drivers. Keeping these in mind might help you to remain safe as you travel around the Wilmington area.

Motorcycle safety during Labor Day weekend

If you’re asking yourself, “how did the summer go by so fast?” you are certainly not alone. While there are officially three more weeks of summer, Labor Day weekend is widely regarded as the last summer holiday.  For many, this may be the last chance to have a weekend riding getaway until next spring. With more cars expected on the road this coming weekend, it is important for motorcycle riders, to take the following tips to heart.

Don’t drink and ride – It may be obvious, but alcohol affects a rider’s judgment and balance; two things that are essential for safely operating a motorcycle. Also the additional patrols out to catch drunk drivers are also meant to take impaired motorcyclists off the road as well. So don’t drink and ride. 

When your North Carolina workers' compensation claim gets denied

You've worked reliably for your employer for years. You have paid into both workers' compensation and health insurance pools. You show up for work, try your hardest and then come back to do it again the next day. Hopefully, you've felt like your employer appreciated your efforts. 

Then, one day, you have an accident at work. Maybe a machine malfunctions or you slip and then fall, hurting yourself. You report the accident to your employer, seek medical care and file a workers' compensation claim. 

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