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Windy outside? Keep these tips in mind

If you're working in poor weather, there is a risk that you could suffer an injury. One of the things you need to watch out for is wind.

Wind might not seem like it's particularly dangerous, but it definitely can cause some problems for workers. It can cause ladders to tip over, items to fall from scaffolding and even knock someone off balance.

Know what to expect at your disability hearing

If you applied for disability benefits, it is because you are not able to earn a gainful living due to a mental or physical disability. You need these benefits to support yourself and pay for things you need, and it can be devastating when your claim comes back denied. This is common for initial applications, and there are certain levels of appeals that allow you to continue your pursuit of benefits from the Social Security Administration.

The first thing you can do after this denial is seek a reconsideration of your application. This means you can ask the SSA to consider your case again in light of additional documentation and other information you may include. If this level of appeals is not successful, you can request a disability hearing. This allows you to bring your case before a judge, present evidence that supports your claims of disability and even supply witness accounts that verify your condition.

3 hurt in crash involving red car, police cruiser

When you hear sirens, it's important for you to pull over or get out of the way of the emergency vehicle headed your way. In some cases, emergency vehicles don't put on their sirens to avoid being detected, such as when police officers respond to a sensitive call. The situation may arise where a driver is trying to turn and strikes officers on the way to a call. Who's to blame? It truly can depend on the specifics, such as if the officers used their cruiser's sirens and lights or if the vehicle was moving without them and with the flow of traffic.

Here's a good example of a case where it's not clear who's at fault, but both vehicles were damaged and contained injured victims inside. The crash, which happened on South Kirkman Road, took place just before 1:00 p.m. It was then that two officers were responding to a criminal offense allegedly in progress.

1 dies in 3-story fall from scissor lift in Sanford

Falls are a leading cause of injuries and death for construction workers. Since that's such a major risk, all construction workers and employers should be well aware of the safety procedures that have to take place to prevent them. Unfortunately, even with all the preventative tools that are available today, fall hazards still exist and can lead to accidents.

A story from Jan. 30 in Sanford, Florida, reported that a construction worker was killed in a three-story fall. The worker, who was on a scissor lift, was working on Harvest Time Drive when the incident took place.

Get the right information together before applying for SSDI

Not everyone who has a disability can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It's only those who are unable to work or have any truly gainful activity who can apply for and be awarded Social Security Disability (SSD).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes tough rules to make sure that the disability program isn't taken advantage of. However, that can mean that it's harder for the people who truly need disability benefits to get them. Fortunately, if you have the right proof, you can make a claim and have a better chance of getting approved on your first attempt.

Workers see large risk in construction deaths in Florida

Florida is going through a building boom right now. As a result, there are plenty of construction teams working together to build hotels, homes and more around the state. This is wonderful for the creation of jobs, but it does mean that fatalities can become more common due to accidents.

According to recent statistics, construction fatalities have increased by a shocking 140% in the last seven years. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that there were 101 fatalities in 2018, which is up from only 63 in 2014. In 2011, there had been only 42 construction fatalities.

Caring for a loved one with a complete spinal cord injury

The accident that left your loved one paralyzed from a spinal cord injury changed your life as well. Whether your loved one is a spouse, a child or some other relation, your commitment to that person means you are committed to his or her care. You have no choice but to step out of your comfort zone.

Not only will you have to learn whatever you can to provide for your loved one's physical needs, but you will also play a key role in his or her emotional recovery, which may take considerable time. You may have to dig deep for the patience and strength to sacrifice your own plans and focus on building a quality life for your loved one. It will be impossible to know what to expect each day, and you should resolve early to reach out for help wherever you can find it.

Recognize heatstroke and save a life

Workers' compensation is an excellent tool for protecting workers who are hurt on the job. Whether it's someone working for a company like Disney or an individual working for a construction team, the majority of workers should have access to workers' compensation in the case of injuries.

One injury that is particularly common in Florida is heatstroke. This is something that's smart to discuss with your employer and co-workers because it has the potential to lead to death. Heatstroke has many signs and symptoms long before it become deadly, so with good training, lives can be saved.

Bus collision involving 75 school children causes injuries

When you send your children to school, you don't expect them to get hurt as a result of their bus driver's behavior. You hope that all the drivers have been trained to be cautious, especially with children on board. A Jan. 7 report in Kissimmee shows just show dangerous riding to school or using a bus for a field trip can be, though.

According to the news, two school buses carrying 75 students ended up colliding with each other in Osceola County. Both buses were from the same school district and came from Tohopekaliga High School.

Stay safe with the right personal protective equipment

Construction accidents can happen at almost any worksite, from one where the team is working together to where one person has been working hard on their own. The way to prevent these accidents is to make sure that anyone working on a project has others around to help and knows the safety steps required to stay safe. Unfortunately, not all people do know the best ways to stay safe on the job and can get hurt.

Some common construction injuries that take place include:

  • Injuries to the eyes
  • Injuries to the fingers, such as amputation or lacerations
  • Injuries to the toes from dropping objects
  • Head injuries