Keeping Workers Safe in Confined Spaces In Residential Construction

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Because of the dangers involved in working in confined spaces during residential construction projects, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidelines that Nevada employers must follow on job sites. Confined space work may cause workers to suffocate, suffer heat exhaustion or to be entrapped. The regulations governing work in confined spaces are designed to prevent the types of injuries that might otherwise occur during construction projects. If workers are injured or killed when performing work in confined spaces, a workplace injury attorney may help to recover compensation for their losses. Hazardous Conditions in Confined Spaces Under OSHA’s standard, certain types of confined spaces require permits before work can begin. The affected spaces are confined areas containing certain hazardous conditions, including those that: Have or carry the potential to contain dangerous atmospheric conditions; Contain materials that could potentially entrap or engulf workers; Have floors that slope downward or that have walls that slant inward, which could trap workers and cause them to asphyxiate because of their configurations; and Have any other condition that may potentially be hazardous to the workers’ health or safety According to OSHA, basements, crawl spaces, and attics will generally not need permits before work can

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Could Self-Driving Cars Introduce More Dangers to the Road? [infographic]

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While driverless cars may make the roads safer while reducing commute times, they may also bring new dangers to the roads. Google, which is developing its own self-driving car, recently stated that its vehicles may be available to consumers in just five years. Experts predict several issues may make self-driving cars introduce new dangers to the roads, especially when they are newly available. If an accident is caused by a self-driving car, a personal injury attorney may help to determine who the liable parties might be.

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The Cost of Car Crashes in Nevada: By the Numbers

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Each year, motor vehicle accidents in Nevada injure or kill hundreds of victims and cost millions of dollars worth of losses to the state’s residents and businesses. Most car accidents are preventable, and there are several safety measures that Nevada could implement that could help to reduce the number of car accidents that happen. In addition, drivers should take precautions when they drive to reduce the risk of becoming involved in a crash. With improved preventative efforts on the parts of drivers and of the state, the car accident rate could decline. When people are injured in accidents that are caused by negligence, a car accident lawyer may help them recover damages. Costs of Nevada Fatal Car Accidents The costs associated with fatal accidents in Nevada each year are staggering. Medical expenses associated with these serious accidents average $3 million and work-loss costs average $352 million for a total annual cost of $356 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injured occupants of vehicles account for 14 percent of the average annual costs at $51 million. Motorcyclists account for 28 percent of the total costs at $99 million annually while pedestrians account for 22 percent of the

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