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Repetitive stress or strain can lead to significant injuries

Your hands are essential to your work. You type frequently, and you're always using your hands as you work. Unfortunately, the repetitive motions that you do in your day-to-day life can cause dysfunction and lead to injuries in your hands.

You have over 25 bones in each hand. There is a complex arrangement of muscles, tendons, nerves and bones that must work together properly to avoid injury. With so many things to be done with your hands, it's not a matter of if you'll suffer an injury but when.

How to drive safely in heavy city traffic

There's nothing more frustrating as a driver than coming to a dead stop in a traffic jam. However, if you commute to and from work, you're well aware that driving in heavy city traffic is part of your day.

As you drive in these conditions, it's important that you take steps to protect yourself as well as everyone else on the road. This holds true of other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

How to drive safely through a construction zone

The more time you spend on the roads throughout the state of New Jersey, the more you'll realize that there's no avoiding construction zones.

When you find yourself driving through a construction zone, it's critical that you make a few key changes to enhance your safety and that of everyone around you. Here are some things you should do:

  • Slow down: Take note of the posted speed limit and slow down accordingly. Doing so reduces the risk of an accident, while also avoiding a costly speeding ticket.
  • Stay alert: You never know what you'll come across in a construction zone, from a flagger to barrels that are a bit too close to the road. When you're alert, you're able to adjust on the fly.
  • Use your headlights: Even if you're not instructed to do so, it's a good safety habit to get into. Your headlights make it easier for workers to see you, especially in darker conditions.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: In construction zones, you're more likely to come to an abrupt stop. If you don't leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of yours, you could cause a rear-end accident.

What are the top causes of workplace ladder accidents?

When working on a ladder on a job site, it's critical that you take steps to maintain a high level of safety. Don't assume that just because you have experience using a ladder that you'll never be injured in an accident. It's this line of thinking that increases the risk of trouble.

Understanding the top causes of workplace ladder accidents can help keep you safe. Here's what you need to protect against:

  • Placing a ladder near traffic: For example, if you're using a ladder on a construction site, don't place it close to the street or an area where construction vehicles are frequenting.
  • Placing a ladder on uneven ground: Even if you're not climbing high, your ladder must be on level and firm ground. Anything but this greatly increases the risk of it tipping.
  • Being in a hurry: When climbing or descending a ladder, it's critical that you take your time. You need to go one rung at a time as you watch every step you take.
  • Carrying a heavy load: You consider this a way to save time, but it also puts you at risk of being pulled off the ladder. For instance, don't attempt to carry a heavy tool or building material up or down a ladder.

Are you protecting against these workplace injuries?

Regardless of your job responsibilities or the environment in which you work, there's always a possibility you could suffer an injury. If this happens, it's critical to receive treatment, report the incident to your employer and learn more about your legal rights.

An understanding of the most common workplace injuries can help keep you safe. Here are several that you need to protect against:

  • Slip and fall
  • Repetitive motion
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Injured by machinery or tools
  • Struck by an object
  • Burn or electrocution
  • Fall from height

How drivers can prevent pedestrian accidents

Now that the weather is getting warmer, more and more pedestrians are likely to be out enjoying a walk or run the spring weather. For motorists, that means shifting gears from thinking about possible snowy and icy road conditions of a New Jersey winter, to constantly being alert of who might be in your path on the road.

Driving in a spring rainstorm? Here’s what you need to do

As a New Jersey resident, you look forward to the warmer temperatures that come about during the spring season. However, you have to take the good with the bad, so it's a must that you also prepare for the many rainstorms that are sure to blow through the area.

If you find yourself driving in a spring rainstorm, here are the steps you should take:

  • Turn on your headlights: This increases your visibility, thus allowing you to spot potential danger up the road. Your headlights also allow other vehicles to see you.
  • Slow down: Fast driving on wet roads is dangerous, as it takes longer to stop and there's an increased risk of hydroplaning.
  • Leave more following space: You should never drive too closely to the car in front of yours, but take special caution when driving in the rain. Your stopping time is longer on wet roads, so more space can help prevent a rear-end accident.
  • Maintain your vehicle: For example, proper tire pressure will give you more peace of mind when driving in the rain. Also, make sure your windshield wipers are up to the task, as these are the only way to keep a clear view of the road ahead.

Hit by a semi? Here's what you need to know

You never expected to be the person who was caught up in a dangerous crash. You always saw vehicles that were on the side of the road, left behind after a crash or people who had been in fender-benders waiting for help. You just never imagined that you'd be the person dealing with that situation yourself.

You were traveling home from work when the wreck happened. You were in the left lane, and a large semi suddenly started to merge into your lane. You didn't understand why, because large trucks generally travel in slower lanes. You honked your horn, but by the time the driver noticed you, it was too late to do anything else. You ended up being pushed straight into the concrete median.

A simple mistake can cause a serious car accident

Sometimes, it's the simplest mistakes that cause the most serious car accidents. And for that reason, it's critical that you do whatever it takes to remain mistake-free every time you get behind the wheel.

Here are several examples of simple mistakes that put your safety and well-being at risk:

  • Sending just one text: Yes, it's only one text, but that's all it takes to cause an accident. If you take your eyes off the road for even one second, it greatly increases the risk of a crash.
  • Grabbing for something in your vehicle: Maybe your phone is in your glove box. Maybe your lipstick is in the center console. Or perhaps your water bottle slid under your seat. If you need to grab for something, pull over to safety before doing so. If you don't, you're taking at least one hand off the wheel and possibly your eyes away from the road.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: If you need to do this while driving, keep both eyes on the road. Don't look away, such as to check the radio station, as doing so is just as dangerous as texting.

Does a traumatic brain injury always require surgery?

The last thing you want to hear is that you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Not only is this type of injury difficult to treat, but it can also have a long-term effect on your overall level of health.

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, it's best to follow the direction of your medical team. They know the best way to stabilize your injury while improving your odds of making a full recovery.

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