Thanksgiving weekend is behind us. You may have gotten through the Thursday feasting with a couple extra pounds and a little indigestion to show for it. However, if you ventured out to the malls the next day, you risk of personal injury was probably a bit greater.
As someone who puts his or her life on the line for others, you probably have firsthand knowledge of just how dangerous your job as a firefighter can be. The nature of your profession exposes you to a particularly high level of on-the-job risk, and the injuries you may suffer as a firefighter can prove devastating, potentially leading to a lifetime of hardship, or even death.
As a Florida construction worker, no one need tell you that your job requires you to lift, move and carry heavy objects on a day-to-day basis. No one needs to tell you that your back takes a constant beating as a result of these on-the-job activities. What you may not realize, however, is that 25 percent of all work-related injuries result from musculoskeletal disorders. Forty percent of these represent serious back injuries.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be eagerly anticipating a day off of work to feast with family or close friends. The holiday is a happy, festive occasion to take stock of what you have and be grateful.
Recent studies have found sitting for prolonged periods a day presents a similar risk of dying as smoking and obesity. According to an article in the New York Times, sitting for one hour at a time has the same health effect on your body as smoking two cigarettes. This is a huge problem for 85 percent of Americans who sit at their desks for eight hours during the workday.
Slipping, tripping, and falling can be deadly. According to the National Safety Council, 32,000 people died from fall accidents in 2014. Slips, trips and falls can happen just about anywhere. However, there are certain places where they occur more often.
Being involved in a serious car crash can turn your life upside-down. You may be hospitalized—concerned about your recovery and what this event means for your future. When an insurance adjuster contacts you to offer you a settlement, it may be tempting to sign the papers and be done with the whole ordeal.
Sharing Florida roads with big trucks likely is not one of your favorite activities. Should you hit one or be hit by one, you and your passengers face a far higher risk of injury than the truck driver given the size disparity between your vehicle and the truck.
In a slow-speed collision between two cars, the damage may be minor. There might be some scraped paint or a bent fender, and personal injuries would be unlikely. However, when a car collides with a pedestrian—even at slow speeds—the consequences for the pedestrian can be disastrous.