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Dog Bite Awareness Week approaches: Prevent bites!

Did you know that around 5,800 postal workers were attacked by dogs while on the job in 2019? It's a risk that many people face, but postal workers are often put into positions where they could be attacked by pets or animals who are territorial, fearful or aggressive.

June 14 to June 20 is going to be the 2020 National Dog Bite Awareness Week in the United States. This year's theme is, "Be Alert: Prevent the BITE."

If you're injured at work, you should seek workers' compensation

You were working with your crew when your worst nightmare came true. A new crew member took out a cigarette, and he quickly lit it. Before you could shout that he needed to put it out, you were caught up in an explosion.

There was a reason that smoking wasn't allowed in the workplace, and one person who wanted to violate the rules ended up getting multiple people hurt. Today, you're still recovering from burns that you suffered. You have parts of your body that are disfigured and you know that your life isn't going to be the same in the future.

2 hurt in head-on crash in Lincoln Park

When drivers are on the roads, it's essential that they're paying attention. Taking your eyes off the road for just a second could be long enough for you to make a mistake or move into the other lane. That single second could change the course of your life or result in changes to someone else's.

Take, for example, a case out of Lincoln Park. The crash, which happened at around 9:15 p.m., resulted in two drivers suffering severe injuries.

Pedestrians and drivers can work together to make the roads safe

When you were jogging, you didn't expect to be involved in a crash. You were wearing a light-colored jacket and made sure you looked both ways before entering a crosswalk. Everything should have been fine, but you didn't expect a vehicle to suddenly make a turn into you.

You were hit at a lower speed, but the landing wasn't soft. You suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and other serious injuries. You're dealing with the impact to your life as well as you can, but this has definitely been a difficult situation to deal with.

New programs could help slow traffic in advance of construction

When you're working on or around the roads, you need to be safe. You may be in a construction zone, but that doesn't mean that drivers are going to slow down or avoid hitting you.

A construction zone accident shouldn't happen. Workers do their best to light the area, use signs and flaggers and to take steps to have drivers merge away from where they're working. Sadly, when drivers aren't paying attention or are distracted, they may enter those areas and end up striking a worker.

Watch out for heat illnesses on high-humidity days

It's starting to get warmer out, so one of the things you need to be concerned over is the weather. The heat itself isn't necessarily the biggest concern, but combined with humidity, you could find yourself in trouble due to overheating.

Humidity can have a serious impact on the human body. When you need to cool down, your body sweats. When the humidity levels are high, the air may not be able to absorb that sweat through evaporation. As a result, the water stays on your skin, and you don't cool down.

What steps should you take after a dog bite?

One factor that motivates many individuals to move to San Diego is the sun. It's the perfect type of weather for engaging in various physical activities including walking around your neighborhood. You have to be on the lookout for unrestrained dogs as you do this though. There are certain steps that you should take should you be bitten by a vicious canine while you're out and about walking in your neighborhood.

You should call 911 immediately if you've been bitten by a dog. You should have them summons an ambulance for you.

Working with asphalt: Hazards from fumes

Working in San Diego, you're exposed to all kinds of hazards. The one you didn't think would impact you was the asphalt you were working with. It didn't seem harmful, but over time, you've noticed that you've been getting more headaches and have coughed more than usual.

If you are working with bitumen, the issue could be the fumes you're exposed to. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. OSHA standards aren't specific when it comes to asphalt fumes, and though it's recognized as a hazard, people can still work around it without masks or other personal protective equipment.

Working on the beach? Watch out for water and sand hazards

You love your job, working as a lifeguard on a local beach. You have saved lives, and it makes you feel good knowing that you can keep people safe during their vacations or when they're trying to relax.

You didn't think that you'd end up getting hurt yourself, though you knew it was a possibility. You were on your way into the water to help someone when you twisted your ankle. At the time, your adrenaline was pumping, so you were able to help them and get back to shore. Then, you noticed the bruising was already starting. Within a day, you couldn't walk.

If you're hurt at work, you deserve fair compensation

A construction accident happens in an instant. There may or may not be signs that something is going to go wrong before it happens, but once it does, everyone at the scene is affected.

Your worst nightmare came true when the co-worker you were working with didn't see you in the lot. As you crossed an open area, he turned the corner in his forklift and was looking the other way. You ended up pinned and in significant danger.

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