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What’s the best way to prevent a ladder accident at work?

You've climbed up and down a ladder at work so many times that it has become second nature. While experience can go a long way in keeping you safe, there's always a chance of an accident.

These five tips will help you prevent a ladder accident at work:

  • Inspect the ladder before use: Defects and damage can make a ladder unsafe to use, so you'll want to remove it from service until the issue is properly addressed.
  • Place your ladder on firm and level ground: For example, if you're working outdoors, don't place your ladder in a mulch bed or on a hill. Doing so increases the risk of tipping as you climb higher.
  • Don't carry a heavy load: Climbing or descending a ladder with a heavy load increases the risk of being pulled to the ground below.
  • Keep an eye on the sky: When working outdoors, it's critical to stay off ladders in inclement weather. Rain, strong wind, snow, hail and ice all increase the risk of an accident.
  • Maintain three points of contact: It's best to keep two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet on the ladder at all times. This helps maintain your stability and balance.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

As a pedestrian, you're sure to be nervous anytime you find yourself near motor vehicles. You understand that an accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

Knowledge of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents can help keep you safe:

  • Distracted driving: If a driver isn't paying attention to the road, they don't always see pedestrians or make note of conditions that could cause an accident.
  • Reckless driving: This takes on many forms, such as speeding, running a red light or stop sign or failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  • Driving under the influence: Drugs and alcohol impair a driver's ability to make sound decisions. For instance, someone who is drunk may drive through a red light, thus putting everyone in the area at risk of injury.
  • Disregard for weather conditions: When weather conditions change, such as rain moving into the area, drivers must adjust their driving style. This can include everything from slowing down to using their headlights.

Most common causes of distracted driving

It is very easy to allow your attention to drift away from the road while you are driving. There are numerous distractions in contemporary society. Everything from hearing the sound of your cell phone ringtone to noticing something interesting outside your car can interfere with your concentration.

This is why distracted driving has evolved into such a significant issue in the United States. Taking your eyes off the road for a split second may not seem like a big deal, but this issue contributes to thousands of deaths every year. Distracted driving was responsible for 4,637 deaths in 2018, which is a significant increase from previous years. Lowering these statistics requires a significant change from American people, and that starts with identifying the primary causes of the issue.

Driving distracted or driving drunk: Which is worse?

It is no big deal for a driver to glance at his or her phone while cruising along the highway, right? Other people do it all the time, and no harm comes of it. After all, at least they aren't driving drunk.

This may have been your opinion until you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident involving a distracted driver. Or perhaps your loved one was one of the nearly 11,000 who died in a single year from injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident. You may be like many who wonder which is more dangerous: drinking and driving or driving while distracted.

Common reasons for a workers’ compensation denial

If you suffer a workplace injury, you need to receive immediate medical treatment. Not only does this help stabilize your health, but it also puts you in position to receive workers' compensation benefits.

Even if you assume that you're eligible for workers' compensation benefits, it's possible you could receive a denial letter. Here are some of the reasons why this may happen:

  • You did not report your injury to your employer on time (or at all)
  • You did not file your claim in time
  • You did not receive medical treatment immediately after suffering the injury
  • Your employer disputes your claim, such as by arguing that you were injured outside of work
  • You suffered a noncompensable injury
  • You are unable to prove that the injury is work-related

Three actions to take after a workplace accident

Most people try to avoid injuries whenever possible, but it may not be possible to avoid all injuries. When an injury occurs at work, the injured worker is often eligible to receive certain benefits. These benefits can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and sometimes vocational rehabilitation.

If you are injured at work, there are several steps you may need to take to get the benefits you may be eligible to receive. Three of the first steps you may need to take include reporting the incident, seeking proper medical care and making detailed notes.

Premises liability: It sounds complex, but entails a simple concept

Even if they have never been involved with a premises liability matter, many Massachusetts readers of our blogs at the tenured Newburyport personal injury firm of St. Pierre Law have likely heard the term.

It sounds complex, doesn’t it?

Making workers’ compensation effective for injured employees

The following scenario happens daily in diverse worksites across the North Shore, Boston and other employment venues spanning Massachusetts.

To wit: an employee suffers a debilitating on-the-job injury sufficiently severe to temporarily – sometimes, even permanently – remove him or her from the workplace.

“Empowerment” is key for a victim after a motor vehicle accident

We raise many material points concerning the post-crash needs and concerns of motor vehicle accident victims on our website at the Newburyport personal injury firm of St. Pierre Law.

Central among them is the necessity of “gathering relevant evidence that empowers [victims] during negotiations.”

Is a gig-economy company liable when its drivers cause crashes?

The gig economy has changed daily life in significant ways for many in the greater Boston area. We can skip driving and instead order a ride from Uber or Lyft. And if we want to dine at home, most restaurants can now have meals delivered through third-party companies like Grubhub.

Unfortunately, drivers for these companies are also responsible for their share of car accidents. And because of their unusual employment relationship with the companies they work for, it is not clear how much liability a given company will assume, if any. That makes it more difficult for injured victims and their families to pursue compensation.

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