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Working too Long Can Increase the Risk of Injury

Do you often find yourself staying late at the office? Do you pride yourself on your ability to put in long hours when needed? While dedication is impressive, you should know that doing this does increase the odds that you will suffer an injury at work. This could be an ergonomics-related injury from failing to give your body a break from those daily tasks — even the simple ones, like working on your computer. To see the role that this played, researchers gave a survey to more than 12,500 workers who often put in extended hours. These are the results: Male workers with frequent or chronic back pain: 30 percent. Female workers with frequent or chronic back pain: 41 percent. Male workers with frequent or chronic wrist pain: 16 percent. Female workers with frequent or chronic wrist pain: 27 percent. Although that was just one part of the study, it already paints a pretty clear picture of the risks involved. The researchers also said that sleep deprivation may lead to tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. They found that most workers who had night shifts did not even get six hours of sleep per night. That lack of sleep, combined with repetitive motion, put these workers at serious risk. People often overlook repetition injuries, focusing instead on sudden events like slip-and-fall accidents or falls from ladders. While these things are dangerous and deserve consideration, workers also have to know that merely staying at work too long, too often, can lead to serious pain and the need for medical treatment. When this happens, they also need to know what legal options they have.

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Elevator incidents can be quite deadly

Just last week, the story of a young man who died after being crushed by a New York City apartment building elevator made national news. Surveillance video taken at the city’s Manhattan Promenade apartment building shows a 30-year-old man attempting to get off the elevator of his residential apartment building. Within seconds, the car that he’d been riding in can be seen quickly moving down the shaft with the doors wide open. He can be seen trying to pull his way out. The video then shows him as his body is crushed between the top of the elevator car and the apartment building’s lobby floor. The man’s body soon disappears out of view. The top of the elevator can be seen disappearing further into the shaft before the doors ultimately close. His body ultimately was crushed between the elevator wall and the shaft. Bystanders can be seen watching in horror, not sure what to do to help. Still photos from the scene show paramedics attempting to tend to the man. They were, however, unable to save his life. An autopsy revealed that he suffered significant blunt force injuries to both his torso and neck as well as mechanical asphyxia. The building where this fatal incident occurred has had a history of elevator problems. The video taken before the incident even shows how there are yellow cones in front of the building’s secondary elevator letting residents know that it’s not in working order. It’s a landlord’s responsibility to make sure that their premises are reasonably safe so that no one gets hurt either inside a property or outside of it. Most incidents such as slips and falls, struck-by and crush incidents and unsafe premises accidents can be avoided if building owners simply take time to perform regular maintenance and safety assessments. If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one because a Texas building owner was negligent in maintaining their property in sound working condition, then you should consult with a premises liability attorney. By doing so, you can find out what type of compensation you’re entitled to for injuries suffered on business premises here in Waco.

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Why do businesses have security guards in their parking lots?

No matter whether you’re at a community or technical college, the mall, a hospital, a shopping center or any other public place, you’re bound to see a security guard patrolling the area looking for any potential problems. One of the reasons why these property owners have these individuals on staff roving around is to minimize their risk of being sued for having inadequate security if someone does get hurt. It’s a business owner’s responsibility to take reasonable measures to keep their premises safe after all. The role of security guards is mainly that of crime deterrence. It’s their job to drive around the office building, hospital or shopping center’s parking lot. They’re supposed to drive slowly without any distractions from cellphones or others. Their main job is to be on the lookout for anyone in the midst of committing a crime. This includes vandalism, burglary or theft, assaults, carjackings, robberies and any other offenses. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these security guards regularly liaise with local police to aid them in tracking down crime suspects. Security guards don’t rove parking lots only for crime deterrence though. They do so to make sure that motorists follow any posted speed limits or any other rules they have. They often report any maintenance issues that they find and even cordon an area of it off to keep visitors safe. They may corral runaway shopping cards, respond to alarms or decide who can get past gates or into any other restricted areas. Many property or business owners take the time to hire security as a way to ensure that they do their part to keep their premises reasonably safe. Countless others leave the safety of their visitors to chance though. If you are injured in a facility’s parking lot whether due to crime, poor maintenance or some other concern, then you may have a valid reason to file suit against the property or business owner. An attorney here in Waco can advise you whether you’re eligible to file a lawsuit under Texas law in your case.

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