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Are you at risk of being involved in a pedestrian and car accident?

There's no doubt that Americans love their cars and, in the vast majority of U.S. cities, personal vehicles remain the dominant mode of transportation. In more recent decades, however, there has been a push in many metropolitan areas to invest in and promote alternative means of transportation including biking and walking.

Forklifts pose dangers to operators and pedestrians

Whether working at a construction site, in a large warehouse or at a big box retailer; forklifts are readily used to lift and move materials and goods. While often essential to the daily operations and functions at these types of workplaces, forklifts can also be extremely dangerous.

Will San Diego drivers soon be sharing the road with even bigger commercial trucks?

The United States relies heavily upon the commercial trucking industry to transport goods throughout the country. Consequently, when it comes to trucking laws and regulations, trucking companies and industry organizations are able to wield a certain amount of power in Washington D.C.

La Jolla trench cave-in highlights safety concerns

Last Friday, a construction site in La Jolla became the scene of a harrowing rescue as construction workers raced to help free a fellow worker who was trapped in a trench. The man became trapped after the trench in which he was laying pipeline collapsed. He was rushed by first responders to a nearby hospital where his condition remains unknown.

Injured San Diego workers deserve a strong legal advocate

Whether an individual works in an office building in downtown San Diego, a warehouse in Chula Vista or on a construction site in Oceanside; every work environment is full of hazards. In cases where an individual suffers an injury or becomes ill due to an occupational hazard, workers' compensation insurance helps cover costs related to medical expenses, lost wages and disability.

Bill would up requirements for a CA commercial driver's license

There are many different things that could cause a big rig driver to be a serious danger to other motorists. One is if they drive their truck while drunk. Another is if they are very tired when they are behind the wheel. Another is if they drive at excessive speeds in order to try to make their routes go faster. And yet another is if they lack the training and knowledge needed to operate their truck safely.

How safe is your workplace?

Workplaces across the U.S. and throughout states like California are wrought with numerous dangers and hazards. For employers and employees alike, it's crucial to work to identify specific hazards and to understand the steps must be taken to avoid suffering injury or illness.

Survey reveals that 14 percent of truck divers sometimes or never wear seat belts

Every job is accompanied by certain risks and potential hazards. For individuals who make a living driving commercial trucks and other vehicles, steps must be taken to protect against being involved in or causing a truck accident.

Should helmets be mandatory for all Californian bicyclists?

Not only is riding a bicycle a healthy form of exercise, for a growing number of city dwellers, biking is the preferred mode of transportation. San Diego recently joined other several other cities across the country when it instituted a bike share program. While the program has only been up and running for roughly one month, some worry that a proposed California law may put the brakes on the bike share program before it really takes off.

Falls accounted for 37 percent of construction worker deaths in 2013

On a daily basis, construction workers employed in various segments are exposed to numerous occupational hazards. Falls remain one of the most common and potentially deadly of all construction hazards and, during 2013, accounted for roughly 37 percent of all construction worker deaths.

OSHA report details economic and social impacts of work injuries

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently released a report entitled, "Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job." Detailed in the report are examples of how workplace injuries serve to create financial burdens which negatively impact the overall economic and social standing of those workers and families impacted.

California once again comes in first for pedestrian fatalities

When it comes to the hundreds of studies ranking the individual states in a seemingly endless array of categories, California typically fares rather well. In fact, most of us are accustomed to seeing the state occupy the top tier when it comes to things like health care and education.

Dog bite lawsuit names famed "dog whisperer" as defendant

Fans of the Natural Geographic Channel's television program Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, have likely marveled at how the dog trainer and proclaimed whisperer has helped rehabilitate hundreds of dogs with problem behaviors. Among some of Millan's most challenging cases, are those dogs with a history of violent and aggressive behavior.

Are you a nurse? Does your employer consider you expendable?

In a healthcare setting, nurses fulfill many vital roles in helping treat and care for patients. Nurses also have the most contact with patients and are therefore often responsible for helping patients dress, move and walk. Throughout the course of a work day, a nurse may help stabilize, support and lift numerous patients. Given the physical requirements of the nursing profession, it's no surprise that many nurses suffer work injuries including those to the back.

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