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Are you working in one of the most dangerous jobs in the US?

AdobeStock_71846889.jpegEvery job comes with some amount of risk to a person's health and safety. Even if you work at a desk in a climate-controlled office, you could still suffer conditions like carpal tunnel or back pain.

That said, some jobs are far more dangerous than others are. They can put workers' lives in danger on a regular basis. If you work in these occupations, which we discuss below, knowing the basics of workers' compensation benefits can be especially important.

Bicycle safety tips every rider should know

AdobeStock_107428778.jpegRiding a bicycle is a great way to get some exercise, save money on gas and get around Atlanta. And groups across the state are interested in making the city safer and more appealing for cyclists, whether they are children riding to school or adults commuting to work.

Bicycle safety should be a top priority for any rider, and there are numerous steps cyclists can take to avoid accidents and injuries during their ride.

The almost inescapable hazards faced by truckers

AdobeStock_186721991.jpgCommercial truck drivers are responsible for ensuring that Georgia stores have all the merchandise sought by consumers. However, few people realize that the risks faced by big-rig drivers make their jobs one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. If you are a tractor-trailer operator, the long hours of sitting in the driver's seat, lack of exercise, poor diet and other aspects will make you vulnerable to injuries and illness.

Although road accidents might seem the most significant hazard that your job as a commercial truck driver might pose, a substantial percentage of workers' compensation claims involve sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal disorders. Safety authorities say about half of truckers' nonfatal injuries likely involve their duties to unload the cargo they transport without help.

4 types of records to keep after a car accident

AdobeStock_176672942.jpegCar accidents typically happen without any warning or enough time to avoid them. Because of this, victims are often dazed and unsure of what to do in the aftermath of a crash. 

While there are many articles out there that detail what to do after a car accident, including this one from Edmunds, it is also important to keep accurate, comprehensive records. Doing so can help you stay organized, and these records make it easier to pursue compensation if you decide to file a legal claim. Below are four types of records that you will want to be sure you keep after a crash.

Safety hazards posed by the paper and pulp industry

AdobeStock_126051064.jpgThe paper and pulp industry is one of the oldest in North America, and we have one of the largest paper mills in the world right here in Georgia. Thousands of people work there to produce millions of tons of paper for magazines, books, newspapers and other products every year. If you work in a paper mill, you likely know the work can be exceptionally hazardous.

You are at risk of being crushed or struck by massive weights of rolling, falling and sliding loads of pulpwood, and the list of hazards posed by industrial equipment is endless -- particularly machines without the necessary safeguards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, other dangers include being burned and being poisoned. You can stay safe by becoming familiar with potential risks.

After a slip-and-fall accident, make sure you know the facts

AdobeStock_82696473.jpegImagine you are at the grocery store. As you walk down one of the aisles, you slip in a puddle and fall. You are in pain and someone calls the store owner over. The owner asks if you are okay and seems very kind about helping you up. Maybe he or she offers you a coupon for your troubles.

However nice the owner of a store may be after a slip-and-fall accident like this one, understand that you could have a far less pleasant encounter if you decide to file a personal injury claim. This is because store owners can be liable for accidents on their property, and they may do or say whatever they can to make a person feel like he or she doesn't have a case.

What can a victimless accident tell you about negligence?

AdobeStock_125151677.jpgBridges and roads are an essential part of moving goods, people and material around in Georgia and the rest of the country. People rely on the roads and are at their mercy. If a person is injured by an unsafe bridge or road what happens?

That question can be answered, in part, by the collapse of the I-85 bridge at the end of March. Federal Authorities determined the incident, which resulted from a blazing inferno, is the fault of the Georgia Department of Transportation. The state stored a large amount of combustible construction material under the bridge.

Who is at fault in work zone accidents?

AdobeStock_90217786.jpgRoad crews have an important job to do. They keep the roads healthy and safe, but the job does not come without risks. These people work all day long, every day a few feet away from busy lanes of traffic. While they do take precautions, like flashing lights and bright neon colored work gear, it doesn't always prevent accidents.

Construction workers are at a high risk of getting struck by drivers. Across the country, of 2015, there were at least 70 work zone accidents per day causing injuries, with one fatality per week. In a work zone motor vehicle accident that injures a worker, their injuries impact their ability to make a living. However, their workers' compensation filing may not be as straightforward as in other circumstances.

Distracted driving study: Parents setting bad example for kids

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Being a parent isn't easy. At any given time, most moms and dads can be juggling play dates and grocery lists, and just trying to keep everyone safe and happy.

However, this tendency to multi-task could actually be putting children in danger in some situations. For instance, did you know that about 50 percent of parents use their phones while driving with their children?

Common hazards for warehouse workers

AdobeStock_110058765 (1).jpgWarehouse owners in the Atlanta area who prioritize employee safety will likely experience improved productivity, which will have a positive impact on the bottom line. However, not all workers are fortunate enough to enjoy health and safety protection in their workplaces. If your employer fails to comply with the safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you may have to take precautions to prevent injuries.

Various hazards exist in warehouses, and many Georgia workers fall victim to workplace accidents every year. If you cannot avoid an injury, you might find yourself facing mounting medical bills and be unable to work for an extended period.

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