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Workplace hazards for custodians, janitors and housekeepers

Imagine how dirty shopping centers, schools, offices and hotel rooms would be without cleaning staff. Custodial workers are responsible for keeping environments safe and people healthy. But they face numerous risks every day in their working environments.

These hazards often cause injuries, illnesses and death. Here are a few prevalent workplace hazards that custodial workers deal with on a regular basis. 

Avoid triggering a dog attack

As the summer approaches and more people venture outside and into friends and neighbors' backyards, the chances for dog bites and attacks increase. 

To avoid a personal injury claim, it is important to be vigilant of possible dangers. Particularly in regard to dogs, there are a few things you can do to possibly thwart dog attacks.

Know your motorcycle risks at the beginning of biker season

Some seasoned motorcyclists ride their bikes throughout the year, but for most bikers in North Carolina and other states that experience harsh winters, motorcycles rarely come out of the garage until after the weather warms up. You may feel excited to uncover your ride and enjoy the open road, but you should understand the many motorcycle dangers that can await you at the beginning of the warm season.

Your greatest danger comes from other drivers, as you may already be aware. Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than larger vehicles, in addition to being faster and having the ability to swerve in and out of traffic. Consequently, drivers may not see motorcycles sharing the road with them, especially at the beginning of the season, when they are not used to seeing two-wheeled vehicles on the roads. Some common motorcycle hazards from other drivers you may encounter include the following:

  • Drivers failing to look in their rearview mirror or blind spots before changing lanes or turning
  • A driver misjudging an approaching motorcycle’s speed or distance and entering the roadway in front of it
  • Drivers not understanding how easily motorcyclists can lose control of their bikes
  • A driver not respecting a motorcyclist’s need for space
  • Someone parked at the shoulder who opens the driver’s side door as a motorcycle is approaching

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s nurses make their living in an inherently dangerous line of work, and the work-related hazards they face every day on the job are plentiful. While simply working in close proximity to ailing people has the potential to impact your health, nurses also face threats from violent patients or family members in addition to a broad range of other possible hazards.

While modern nurses face numerous work-related health hazards, Healthcare Business & Technology reports that some of the most common injuries suffered by today’s working nurses result from moving patients. Workplace injuries that result from heavy lifting have become so widespread, in fact, that nurses suffer in excess of 35,000 lifting-related injuries annually that are bad enough to keep them out of the workplace. Just why is it that so many nurses are suffering serious back, neck and musculoskeletal injuries that have the potential to impact their quality of life, and are medical providers doing anything to help their workers?

Use these ladder safety tips to prevent a fall

Working in the humid North Carolina heat is not something everyone enjoys. As a construction worker, you must keep your eyes open and your body well-hydrated to keep from overheating.

Aside from the heat in the summer, you need to keep an eye out for ladder hazards. More workers suffer injuries from falling than any other incident. One of the leading culprits is the ladder. Take some of these tips into consideration before climbing the rungs at work.

Determining compensation in permanent partial injury cases

A physically demanding job can take its toll on your body, and an unexpected workplace accident may limit your abilities for the rest of your life. If you find yourself unable to work, your employer should provide some form of reimbursement.

Laws regarding workers' compensation vary from state to state. In North Carolina, a permanent partial injury is severe enough to grant you significant benefits.

Most common restaurant worker injuries

Regardless of the industry in question, an injured worker needs to start the workers' compensation claims process as soon as the injury becomes apparent. However, there are some occupations that are more hazardous than others. 

Restaurant workers, including waiters, servers, hosts and chefs, have numerous hazards in their line of work. The employer should go over all safety training before letting someone start working, but employees cannot prevent every incident. For example, a North Carolina man drove his SUV through a restaurant in September of 2018, injuring several people. Even the most careful individuals can still sustain injuries, so it is vital for restaurant workers to look out for the following. 

What to do when your workers' compensation claim is denied

Sustaining an injury at or acquiring a disease from work is a traumatic experience that can lead to years of physical and emotional pain. The beginning of recovery comes with filing a workers' compensation claim so you can receive financial support during this difficult time.

Unfortunately, the process is not as simple as filling out some paperwork and waiting for the money to arrive. Its complexity makes the chances of a denial likely. Do not let that make you give up. With professional help, you can take action again to successfully secure workers' compensation benefits.

3 steps to take after a dog bites you at your friend's house

Dog bites happen far more frequently than most people realize. Over 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites in the United States every year. Fortunately, only one out of every five of these bites requires medical attention. 

Dogs bite for a litany of reasons, such as feeling scared or not receiving proper training. You know you need to see a doctor after the bite, but you do not want your friend's dog to be put down. Keep in mind, it is rare for local authorities to put a dog down after one incident. The most important thing is to protect your rights and receive the necessary compensation. 

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