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Winter Work Zone Safety Tips For Outdoor and Construction Workers

While the worries of dehydration and overheating are lessened during the winter months, the dangers that workers face during the cold seasons are potentially more life-threatening, and the hazards are definitely more plentiful.

If we focus in on construction workers and other outdoor safety workers, they face extreme hazards in the elements every single day. Do you feel that your employer has taken the necessary precautions to train and protect the workers under their employ? If not, take a minute to look over these winter safety tips for outdoor workers and let us know where your employer could stand to improve their efforts:

  • Vehicle operators should be properly licensed: Are all forklift, crane, and large construction equipment operators properly trained and licensed?

  • Equipment should undergo regular inspections and maintenance: Has it been a while since the machinery you are working with has been maintained or checked?
    Work zones should be adequately lit and have appropriate warning signs: Are you working in a zone on a roadway that is dimly lit or hard to see because of a lack of signage?

  • Workers should have appropriate attire as well as break times and opportunities to get warm: Do you have the proper safety gear, as well as warm-weather clothing? Are you allowed to take your legally mandated breaks in a location where you can escape the weather and elements?

  • Workers operating from heights must have safety restraints: Are you working on rooftops or scaffolding? If so, do you have the proper safety restraints, as well as the ability to move around safely without encountering snow and ice?

  • Electrical workers need proper safety equipment to avoid electrocution: Do you have insulated protection from electrical wires? Are you working with de-energized wires, or with live wires?

  • Drivers should never be forced to push a vehicle through unstable conditions: Unless you are operating a snow plow and clearing the roadways for everyone else, are you being asked to operate construction equipment on unstable ground and dangerous elements?

If your employer is asking you to operate in conditions which feel unsafe, or if they are asking you to perform tasks without the proper safety gear and equipment, they are putting you at extreme risk for injury. Take a look at OSHA’s requirements and recommendations for winter work zones. Don’t put yourself in danger and risk a serious and preventable injury. Call the law office of Wagner Reese today if you have questions about the legality of what your employer may be asking you to do. You can reach us at 888-710-9377 for a free workers' compensation consultation.

 

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/25/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Indiana Parents Reminded Of Winter Safety Tips For Kids


Protecting your little one from injury and harm is your number one priority as a parent, and at Wagner Reese, we applaud the hard work of Indiana parents. It’s especially hard to take extra precautions in this nasty winter weather to bundle and protect those kiddos from the elements, so kudos to you and your hard work!

Have you thought through everything your little ones need to have a safe and happy winter season? Here are a few tips when you are considering the needs of your family during the cold weather:
  • Are you having trouble affording the winter gear you need for your rapidly growing children? Planning ahead can be one of the best options when it comes to saving money in this department. If you can afford to buy coats and gear in the next size up at the end of the cold season, you can get great discounts on everything you will need. If that doesn’t work, Indiana has tons of great consignment stores and sales, as well as places like Goodwill, and even many local charity organizations who work hard to make sure every child has the winter protection they need.
  • Is your little one spending a lot of time outside? Whether it’s for playing in the snow or waiting at a bus stop, waterproofing can go a long way when it comes to protecting your kids from the cold. Make sure they have water-resistant boots, a coat with a hood, and an umbrella if necessary. Staying dry will keep them much warmer.
  • Are you bundling up a baby for nap time? Don’t forget to keep them in snug-fitting pajamas, and avoid loose fitting clothing and extra pillows and blankets. When it is so cold outside, it’s tempting to add lots of extra covers to your little ones, but the risk of suffocation is far too great for little ones, and it’s always better to make their room warmer and keep them in warm clothing rather than give them extra blankets.
  • Are you travelling in the cold weather? If so, remember safe travel tips for your little ones - try to heat up your car in advance, never put a kid in a car seat in a puffy winter coat (try layering them in thin fleece jackets, and take blankets to put on top of them), and carry plenty of snacks, water, and extra supplies in case you get stranded.
     
The AAP has lots of great tips for additional winter safety, including how to avoid hypothermia, treat frostbite, and keep your kids healthy. If your child has sustained a serious injury in this winter weather, give the child injury attorneys at Wagner Reese a call for assistance. You can reach us at 888-710-9377.

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/24/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


We hope all of our friends and family out there are preparing to have a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones! Here at Wagner Reese, not only do we want to wish you a happy holidays, but we also want to make you aware of many of the dangers you will face when you are traveling this season. Ice and snow can be treacherous for driving, so take some precautions and stay safe to prevent winter motor vehicle accidents.


The snow may fall, but we want to keep you on your feet and injury free! Check out the latest infographic we’ve created, and share on your Facebook and Twitter feeds to help us keep our roads accident-free this season:

Winter Driving Safety Tips To Prevent Motor Vehicle Accidents

 
 

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/23/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


 


Did you know that holiday decorations cause over 8700 personal injuries each year? Everything from falling Christmas trees to candle burns to cuts and bruises and shocks from lights and broken ornaments cause these injuries. The National Fire Protection Association also reports that two out of five holiday fires are started by candles alone.

So while you’re decorating for this holiday season, and even during the clean up after the festivities, take a few friendly reminders from Wagner Reese to protect yourself and your kiddos from holiday injuries:

Prevent Holiday Personal Injuries From Decorating Disasters

  • If you purchase a live tree this holiday, keep it away from all heat and electrical sources. It’s tempting to load a tree down with lights, but lights and a live tree are a highly flammable combination. If you plan to light a live tree, keep the lights on a timer and only leave them on for short periods of time. Always turn them off when you leave the house, and never let your children operate the lights or plug things into the electrical outlets without supervision.

  • The same basic rules apply for candles and other holiday heat sources. Never leave them unattended, don’t let them burn too long, and be mindful of hot wax, embers, sparks, and other hazards.

  • If you are decorating outside, be mindful of the weather. Setting up electrical wires and lights in wet weather is never a good idea, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry when working from heights. If you are planning to stand on a ladder or on the roof, wait until you have a dry, ice-free day to ensure a good footing. Slip and fall injuries are one of the biggest hazards when it comes to holiday decorating.

  • Watch for breakable ornaments and broken pieces when you are pulling things out of storage boxes. It’s tempting to just jump in and start decorating quickly, especially when you have little helpers, but after the boxes have been moved around and have been in storage, it’s likely that there could be broken pieces in the box. It’s also a good idea to keep a close eye on your little ones while they are helping you with the decorating. Christmas hooks and electrical wires and all of the festive decorations make for extreme hazards when kids are left unattended.

The most important thing to remember is to never rush, to take your time and be observant and careful. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday when you are decorating! If you have questions about a product liability injury or a personal injury you have suffered, give Wagner Reese a call at 888-710-9377.


About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/22/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Wagner Reese Attorneys Celebrate Christmas With United Way


The attorneys at Wagner Reese have been busy standing in as Santa’s elves for one family this Christmas!

Wagner Reese adopts a family for Christmas

Through a program sponsored by the United Way, businesses and individuals across our community have the opportunity to “adopt” a family this Christmas, and provide them with the gifts and items they need to have a Merry Christmas. The family we were blessed to help this year had a young boy, as well as a teenage girl, so shopping was quite the challenge.

Amidst electric trains, actions figures, and also finding some gifts for grandma and grandpa, there will be stockings filled with mall gift cards, and of course a few things that sparkle. The team at Wagner Reese got busy wrapping and we were able to deliver these gifts our wonderful family this week, and watch the surprise on their faces as they received a Christmas they were never anticipating!

Thank you for your help, support, and donations as we partnered with the United Way this year, and we look forward to doing the same thing next year. If you’d like more information on how you can join us in partnerships and community efforts this year, you can contact us through our website.

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/22/2014 8:56:58 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


I-65 megabus accident

Update: 26 injured Megabus passengers were taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment, Indiana State Trooper Tommy Walker states that a combination of speed and wintry weather may have caused the bus crash. 

Early morning icy roads may have contributed to a Megabus accident on I-65 near Seymour and Columbus Indiana. The Megabus reportly lost control and tipped over at around 5:30am. The bus was travelling from Chicago to Atlanta.

Photo of Megabus AccidentFox59 reports that several injuries occurred, but police say that injuries are minor. Ambulances appeared on the scene. All lanes of I-65 northbound were closed for about three hours while road crews cleaned up the accident scene.

Photos from the Megabus accident scene are provided from the WISH-TV and Fox59 reports.

If you or a loved one were involved in a bus crash, call us today for a free consultation. We have handled other Megabus cases and know what steps to take to protect your rights.

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/20/2014 10:17:30 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments



Lynn Brewsaugh, with the help of attorney Stephen Wagner, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Decatur County Jail alleging Lynn’s son died as a result of complications arising from alcohol withdrawal which progressed to Delirium Tremens (DT’s). See the full story here.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others,give us a call at 888-710-9377 to schedule a free consultation regarding your potential wrongful death claim.

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/18/2014 2:08:12 PM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Indiana High School Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

If your child is an athlete at an Indiana high school, you need to take note of the recent stats available from I-Team 8 in Indianapolis. Although the stats were not released to the public, WISH TV and I-Team 8 were able to get the information on concussion statistics that will help parents identify the sports which are the most dangerous, and help their children stay safe during school sports this season.

According to reports, football is by far the most dangerous sport when it comes to high school students Indiana High School Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury Statisticsreceiving and suffering from concussions. Because of the high impact of this sport, and the lack of viable safety equipment and funding for such items at many schools, football players continue to sustain an excessive amount of concussions each year. Just since August of this year, high schools across the state have reported 830 concussion injuries with football players.

The sport with the next highest number of occurrences is soccer, with girls’ soccer accounting for 155 concussions since August, and boys’ soccer accounting for 94. The list continues with volleyball, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, track, tennis, baseball, swimming, and golf. Overall, more than 1200 concussions were suffered by Indiana high school students in just this fall season of sports. However, in spite of these high numbers, less than half of the total high schools in Indiana are reporting these injuries through the proper channels to IHSAA.

Emergency rooms across the U.S. treat over 173,000 traumatic brain injury concussions each year, and concussions account for almost 9% of sports-related injuries each year.

The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve for the concussion you have received. Was your child’s brain injury improperly diagnosed, or ignored by your student’s school? Help us raise awareness for the seriousness of these injuries and hold coaches, schools, and doctors accountable for properly treating and caring for our children. Give us a call at 888-710-9377 today.

 

About the Author

Jason Reese has been repeatly named an "Indiana Super Lawyer" by his peers and also honored as one of the "Forty Under Forty" by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Jason's areas of practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims.

 

 

Posted: 12/18/2014 10:00:00 AM by Jason R. Reese | with 0 comments


Safe Driving Tips To Prevent Vehicular Accidents This Winter


The roads are getting nasty, and the holidays are upon us, which raises the risk for motor vehicle accidents. If you don’t want to be part of the statistics this winter, we suggest taking a few extra minutes up front to prepare for the hazards and potential disasters you will face when hitting the road this holiday season. We want to keep you and your family safe, as well as help you avoid incidents, including drunk drivers, tired drivers, and generally reckless drivers.

  • Prepare an emergency car kit: include things like road salt, kitty litter, a shovel, flashlights, blankets, Safe Driving Tips To Prevent Vehicular Accidents This Winterwater, snacks, extra batteries, jumper cables, and anything you think you might need in the event of an accident or a breakdown in potentially bad weather.
  • Don’t ever travel without telling someone where you are going and what time you plan to arrive. Although most everyone travels with cell phones now, it’s still important to let loved ones know your location in case you are in an accident or lose cell service in a remote area or a storm.
  • Practice safe driving habits on ice and snow. It may be tempting to drive at normal speeds or to think you can handle whatever the weather throws at you, but remember that elements on the road can be completely unpredictable. It’s always safe to practice braking slowly, to keep your speeds lower than usual, and to stay far enough away from other cars that you don’t have to make last minute decisions to avoid a collision.
  • No matter how tempting it may be, or how safe you think you are, don’t ever, EVER drive after you’ve consumed alcohol, or if you haven’t had an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Buckle up! Everyone in the car should wear a seatbelt at all times, and pay attention to the car seat recommendations and laws for your children. Keep those little ones safe by restraining them in the proper type of seat!
  • Put in some leg work up front by making sure regular maintenance is performed on your car. Check your tires, both for tread and air pressure. Make sure your fluids are changed and topped off. Add some de-icing liquid to your windshield wiper fluid, and make sure all of your lights and signals are working properly.
No matter where you are traveling this holiday, keep in mind that you are not the only one on the roads. Be cautious and be gracious when you are driving, and get to your destinations safely! If you have questions about a car accident you have been involved in, give the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese a call and we can assist you with recovering compensation for your injuries.

About the Author

Stephen Wagner has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's areas of law expertise are in personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 12/17/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


WTHR reports a man’s life was recently saved after a trooper stopped bleeding from his leg that was caused by a drunk driver. The man who was injured, 25-year-old Latin McKinney was pulled over onto the side of the road working on his vehicle after it had died. His sister and another man were present, attempting to help him jump start the vehicle.

The drunk driver, 44-year-old Robert Butler, crashed into McKinney’s car near the 37 mile marker on I-465. McKinney was thrown over the guardrail, where his leg was badly injured.

The first officer to arrive at the scene was Indiana State Trooper David Ploog, also a member of the Indiana National Guard, and an Iraq War Veteran. Trooper Ploog was quickly able to recall medical training, and he accessed his own personal EMT kit in the trunk of his cruiser. Thankfully he had supplies, as well as a tourniquet with him, and was able to slow the bleeding until medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Medical staff who attended McKinney later said that the actions of Trooper Ploog not only saved Latin McKinney’s leg, they likely saved his life.

We are so thankful for the law enforcement officers and heroes who work so hard to protect us and come to our rescue when we are injured or in danger. Many thanks to Trooper David Ploog for his actions, and we are glad to have him here in Indiana! If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, remember that the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you with all of your legal needs. Call us today at 888-710-9377 for a free consultation.

About the Author

Jason Reese has been repeatly named an "Indiana Super Lawyer" by his peers and also honored as one of the "Forty Under Forty" by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Jason's areas of practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims.

Posted: 12/16/2014 7:11:50 PM by Jason R. Reese | with 0 comments


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