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Keeping teen drivers safe during the 100 deadly days of summer

Being a parent often means making difficult decisions for your children. Sometimes, this could mean sacrificing something you want to do to make sure that your child's needs are met. Other times, it can mean telling your teenager "no" when he or she really wants to go hit the road.

As a parent, you want to keep your child safe and help him or her reach the age of majority. Unfortunately, many teenagers die in cars every year. This is especially true during the summer. Educating yourself and your teen about best practices for safe driving can help ensure you have a fun summer instead of a tragic one.

Road construction zones: Hazardous for everyone involved

Proper maintenance is required to keep the roads in Illinois in good shape for drivers. Whether there is a need to repair a road or to completely redo it, construction workers are going to have to head out to get the job done.

While many drivers think of these work zones as inconveniences, the workers who are in them are counting on those drivers to move through them in a safe manner. There isn't any reason why a driver should drive unsafely or aggressively through these areas because the laborers deserve a safe work space so they can go home to their family members after their shift.

Drowsy driving a big public health risk in the United States

Have you ever noticed that a car is drifting in and out of lanes and wondered what is going on? When you got closer to the vehicle, you might have noticed that the driver seemed to be nodding off at the wheel. This happens more often than what some people might realize. Fatigued driving is a very real risk on the roads that can cause serious motor vehicle wrecks.

There are many reasons why motorists might be drowsy when they drive. For the victims of crashes that are caused by these drivers, the cause of the accident could be important to their claims for compensation. Here are some points to remember about this risk of the road:

Is an outdated workers' compensation system harming workers?

Sorting through the Illinois workers' compensation laws can be a trying experience. There are many points in this state's system that haven't changed much since its inception early in the last century. This can make it difficult for workers who count on the coverage and for the employers shoehorning the job descriptions and requirements.

Many aspects of the current system are still geared toward the types of accidents that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. As time has evolved, safety has improved for jobs in manufacturing and other areas. Unfortunately, the same isn't true for many of the points that are found in the workers' compensation laws. This can actually put workers in danger.

Summer dramatically increases danger on Illinois' highways

Everyone looks forward to the summer. Perhaps it's just the nostalgia of those childhood days, when summer meant three months of complete freedom to run, play, read and just enjoy life. Maybe it's the warmer weather and longer days. Perhaps its the increase in vacations and spending time with the family, when life is a bit more relaxed.

As great as summer can be, experts do warn that it brings with it some of the most dangerous days in America. Car accidents, injuries and fatalities tend to go up during the summer months.

Many things can lead to a ladder accident at work

Do you work in an industry in which you use a ladder on what seems like a daily basis? While this basic tool can make life easier on you, it's also extremely dangerous if you're not careful 100 percent of the time.

There are many minor mistakes that can lead to a serious ladder accident at work. Here are some of the things you should try to avoid at all costs:

  • Using a damaged ladder. A ladder with any type of damage or defect should be removed from service immediately. A cracked ladder could break once you put more pressure on it.
  • Carrying a heavy load when climbing up or down a ladder. This is dangerous because it can cause you to lose your balance, thus knocking the ladder to the ground.
  • Setting up a ladder on unleveled or soft ground. If you place a ladder on a slope, for example, it increases the likelihood of it tipping.
  • Neglecting to use three points of contact. It's imperative to keep three points of contact on the ladder at all times. For example, one hand and two feet or two hands and one foot.
  • Standing on the top rung of a ladder. This increases the likelihood of the ladder tipping, so make sure you stop before you reach this point.
  • Leaning or stretching while still standing on the ladder. It's better to move the ladder to the appropriate position than to do this.
  • Placing the ladder in an area where it could be struck by a passerby or vehicle. For example, you never want to place a ladder in close proximity to a door.

Heat stroke: Signs, symptoms, treatment and more

As a serious form of heat injury, it's important to learn as much as possible about heat stroke. This is especially true if you work outdoors during the hot summer months.

Also known as sunstroke, this ailment can come on fast and lead to a variety of medical concerns that can take a toll on your body. In the most serious of cases, heat stroke can cause damage to internal organs. Some of its signs and symptoms include:

  • Intense headache
  • Lack of sweating, even though you're hot
  • Dizziness
  • Dry, red skin that is warm or hot to the touch
  • Cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes, including disorientation
  • Unconsciousness

Summer farm work is dangerous but economically important

Farm workers face a host of hazards when they are in the fields. While this is very hard physical labor, each worker plays an important part in the nation's economy. Taking care of these employees is a priority, but the duty to make this happen falls on the employer.

There are several threats that come with field work in the summer. Minimizing these threats can improve the safety of workers. It is critical that workers take care of themselves as best as possible while they are outside.

Teachers can suffer serious injuries throughout the year

Even though the summer is here, teachers are likely still going to be working. Some teachers are able to take the summer months off, but they will still work past the last day of school to get their classroom ready to be closed. They will also go back before students return to prepare the room for the first day of class.

Throughout the year, teachers are at risk of suffering from injuries. These can come from repetitive motions that they do each day as they interact with students. They might also occur when they are handling school-related duties outside of class hours.

The emotional toll of a car crash must be taken seriously

The effects of car crashes vary depending on the severity of the crash and other factors that are present. When you are involved in a car crash, you might suffer from physical injuries, but it is also possible that you will have to deal with emotional impacts of the accident.

It isn't always possible to be fully prepared to handle these emotional effects. For some individuals, they are overwhelming and difficult to overcome. These impacts can lead to major life changes that make everything harder for you.

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