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Failure to use turn signals is a serious issue

People often neglect to use their turn signals. Sometimes, they just forget. Other times, they ignore them on purpose because they don't see other traffic. Still other times, they know they should use them for actual turns but they don't use them for things like changing lanes.

Regardless, failure to use turn signals is very dangerous. Some reports claim that it leads to "millions of crashes per year and may be more dangerous than distracted driving."

Southern California is dangerous for motorcyclists

Getting around on a motorcycle seems like a great way to go. As a motorcyclist, you can split lanes and take HOV express routes. However, there is a downside to all this speed and convenience: accidents. 

The dangers lurking for bikers on the roads in and around Los Angeles continue to rise. Is there anything you can do to protect yourself when taking to the road on two wheels?

4 tips that can help prevent a slip-and-fall accident

It's not just falls from heights that can lead to serious injuries. Simply slipping and falling on a flat surface can be enough to put you in the hospital. It's something that happens all too often in workplaces, stores and on sidewalks.

People need to know how to avoid these painful accidents. Below are four tips that can help:

  1. Invest in shoes that have anti-slip soles. It's not all about fashion, even in the workplace. You need a shoe that gives you proper grip when you run into unexpected issues.
  2. If an area looks slippery, test it first. Reach out with one foot and lightly tap it with your toe to see what type of traction you get. For instance, if the floor looks a bit too bright in a store, it could be that they applied too much wax to the tiles. Testing out that area helps you know what to avoid.
  3. Understand where the biggest hazards are. Be extra careful, for instance, any time that you walk into a new building. Entryways may be far more dangerous than the rest of the building due to the high amount of foot traffic. You also want to watch out for steps, curbs and changes in flooring types.
  4. Slow down. Many accidents happen because people are rushing. If you slow down and pay attention to your surroundings, you can reduce the chances of an accidental fall dramatically.

Medical errors are the nation’s third-most common cause of death

Becoming a doctor takes considerable training, and because physicians go through so much schooling before assuming their roles, patients often believe the word of these professionals is 100-percent reliable. However, despite the length and intensity of their schooling doctors are not immune to error. And when physicians make mistakes, the repercussions can be very serious.

So, just how often are doctors making errors that compromise patient safety, and what can you do to help protect yourself?

Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

Construction is an inherently dangerous industry, and as someone who makes a living working in it, you may understand all too well just how risky your day-to-day life on the job can be. While you face numerous work-related hazards in your place of employment, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that most construction-related deaths result from what is known as the industry’s “Fatal Four.

In fact, construction workers suffered one out of every five American worker deaths that occurred in 2016, with a total of 991 construction deaths happening that year alone. Safety advocates believe that eliminating construction’s “Fatal Four” would save an estimated 631 lives annually, so recognizing exactly where your hazards are may help you work to avoid them.

Driver who was allegedly under the influence kills 1 in crash

A driver who was reportedly under the influence behind the wheel was recently involved in a car accident in California, and that crash left a woman dead.

Reports state that the police think the driver had been drinking alcohol and using marijuana before the wreck. They also think that he was breaking the speed limit.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

As someone who makes a living working in a health care, you probably know all too well that your line of work exposes you to a considerable level of risk. Regardless of whether you work in a hospital, doctor’s office, rehabilitation center or in the homes of your patients, you face similar on-the-job hazards. One such hazard involves moving heavy patients.

When you think about your on-the-job risks, you may think about things like needle-stick injuries, exposure to illness and related hazards. However, according to Healthcare Business & Technology, moving heavy patients is where one of your most sizeable health risks lie. It is an effort that leads to more than 35,000 back and musculoskeletal injuries among nurses every year.

Watch for discrimination when completing your I-9

Few things are more exciting than landing a new job. This is especially true if you have been looking for a position for a long time. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) requires most employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of new hires. To do so, your employer will likely ask you to complete an I-9 form. 

While the I-9 may seem like a simple paperwork requirement, it can provide an easy way for your new employer to discriminate against you. As such, you must be careful to protect your rights when you complete your new-hire paperwork. If you think your employer has engaged in discriminatory practices, you may need to exercise your legal right to pursue a claim

Tips for driving in the rain in LA

It becomes national news any time it rains in Los Angeles and nearby cities. During one of the most recent storms, USA Today ran a story detailing people's reactions of the rain hysteria. 

While it can be fun to see some rain in Southern California, it is vital to remember that not everyone knows how to drive in the rain. Car accidents happen all the time in this area whenever it rains, but a few precautions can make all the difference. 

Unpaid work is often illegal

Has your boss ever asked you to do some work without pay? Did you feel like you had no choice, worrying that you would lose your job if you didn't do it?

This is often illegal, even though it does happen. You need to know your rights. Don't let your employer take advantage of you by getting work without compensating you.

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