Month: April 2016

Safety Standards for Helmets


There are many considerations to keep in mind when looking to purchase a new helmet. Customers should look for a helmet which meets government safety regulations. They need to protect your head adequately. Safety experts advise looking for helmets which meet specific safety standards and making sure it fits comfortably. A helmet should be thrown out if it was in a wreck, since they are only meant for one impact. A new helmet must be purchased if the old one is no longer comfortable. Before purchasing a new helmet, try on as many as possible to get a good fit. Different helmets fit differently, and they’re engineered to fit comfortably on different heads. Pay special attention to padding and the ratcheting band that keeps the helmet fit into place. Customers should also keep in mind that if a helmet is more expensive, it may not provide a better fit compared with the less expensive helmet. A customer should also consider when and where they’ll be wearing the helmet, and if it’s on hot days they should seek a helmet which includes increased ventilation. Cyclists should also consider the helmet’s color. Bright, lighter colors are easier for drivers to see and they also keep a cyclist’s head cooler. Most helmets found in local sporting good stores are designed to protect the head from a serious injury, although many are skeptical about whether they can protect a head adequately from concussions. Currently, industry testing procedures involve dropping a weight onto the stationary helmet, although many experts believe these methods are flawed since they do not duplicate a real-world situation. Multi-directional Impact Protection Systems also address real-world situations to help protect a head from concussions. The system was developed by Swiss researchers after 15 years of research. The system includes an inner layer inside the helmet that slips on impact, reducing the rotational impact during a crash. Only some helmets include the technology, including POC’s Trabec Race. The technology will be added to Lazer’s Helium helmet starting in August. Many helmet manufacturers want to add the system to their helmets in the near future, and experts urge getting helmets which include the system in order to protect themselves better from a concussion. The three helmets suggested by researchers currently include the POC Octal, Smith Optics Forefront, and Lazer Helium. Each of these helmets are meant to provide further during a crash that could save someone from a serious personal injury, according to these news reports. Visit our law office for more info

43% of All Fatal Falls Involve Ladders


43% of all fatal falls in the US involve a ladder, recent reports revealed. Approximately 20% of all fall injuries involve ladders, for instance. Researchers gathered data from 2011 in order to determine that work-related ladder falls resulted in 113 fatalities, and 15,500 injuries in the US. Injuries resulted in at least one day away from work. 34,000 injuries were also treated in the emergency room. Workers with the highest risk of injury included older employees, men, Hispanics, construction workers, installation, maintenance, repair, and extraction workers. A primary researcher said a majority of these injuries are preventable. Safety advocates, employees, healthcare professionals, and others are requested to cooperate in order to help make sure everybody involved with the job remains safe around ladders. They also think further research is required on fall prevention as a result of ladders. They also provided advice on how to prevent ladder falls from occurring. Firstly, they advise seeking ways to complete the work required without using ladders, and providing workers with alternatives to ladders, such as aerial lifts or supported scaffolds. Ladders must also be inspected to make sure safety accessories are available and they must be linked properly with the worker’s task, location, and weight. All workers should be trained while on the job, and they should be provided with necessary information on staying safe while on the job. Safety experts also provided a check list concerning how employees and residents should safely use extension ladders. Workers should maintain a 3-point contact whenever climbing or descending a ladder, which includes using two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand. Employees should also face the ladder whenever going up or down, and keep their body inside the side rails at all times. Ladder users should also stay careful while getting on or off a ladder, and avoid tipping the ladder. All tools should be secured inside a belt, and never carried in the ladder user’s hands while climbing up or down a ladder. Extend the top of the ladder three feet over the landing, and keep ladders free from material that may be slippery. Employees are asked to never put ladders on an unstable base that exceeds the maximum load rating for the ladder, and they shouldn’t ignore overhead power lines. Workers also shouldn’t move or shift a ladder while someone is on the ladder, and they shouldn’t lean out beyond the ladder’s side rails either, according to ladder industry news reports. Now servicing clients in Stockton from our new office below. CDM LAW Home 4.9 stars – based on 6 reviews 4545 Georgetown Place, Suite B12 Stockton, CA 95207 (209) 774-9120   Hours: Mon-Fri 7am – 7:00pm