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Look out for delayed car accident symptoms

Car accidents can happen to anyone. A Minnesota Timberwolves star was in a collision while traveling to the airport and had to miss a game. His injuries were not severe, and he will make a full recovery. However, not everyone is as lucky. 

In the weeks following an auto accident, you need to be mindful of your overall well-being. You may feel fine in the immediate aftermath, but the rush of adrenaline could hide some of your symptoms. Here are common injuries to watch out for in the days and weeks that follow a collision. 

Defective all-terrain vehicle product hazards

An advisory from the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes the agricultural industry increasingly uses all-terrain vehicles. The OSHA bulletin provides warnings and guidelines to help protect employees who use ATVs in the workplace.

ATV design defects are responsible for a shocking number of related injuries and fatalities. A longitudinal research study issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded over 800,000 ATV injuries—including severe burns, amputations, and death—and the numbers continue to rise.

What to expect if a car crash paralyzes you

As a Minnesota resident, no one needs to tell you that our streets and roads can become quite hazardous during the winter months due to snow, ice and sleet. No one likewise needs to tell you that the number of Minnesota car crashes goes up accordingly. Unfortunately, you face a real risk of becoming paralyzed in some or virtually all parts of your body as the result of your car crash.

The extent of your paralysis depends on the location of your spinal cord injury. As you probably know, your spinal cord and the numerous nerves that emanate from it give you the movement of and feeling in your body. What you may not realize, however, is that your spinal cord has 33 vertebrae located in four distinct regions of your back as follows:

  1. Cervical region: the seven vertebrae located between the base of your brain and the base of your neck
  2. Thoracic region: the 12 vertebrae located between the base of your neck and just above your waist
  3. Lumbar region: the five vertebrae located between just above your waist and the bottom of your lumbar curve
  4. Sacral region: the nine vertebrae located between your lower back and your coccyx, popularly known as your tailbone

Smooth, sharp safety technology makes driving safer

Minnesota has its share of car crashes. Reckless driving, drunk driving, distracted driving and other such dangerous activities often result in devastating injuries. Fortunately, forward-thinking inventors and designers are constantly working to increase safety in the vehicles we use on a daily basis and too often take for granted.

Seat belts and airbags are commonplace vehicle safety features, but what kind of new safety technology will you find when you are in the market for a new car or truck? Here are five of the newest, most intuitive systems to help keep drivers and passengers safe.

Winter workplace safety issues and tips

When winter comes, it brings a multitude of hazards at virtually every workplace. Whether you work in an office, construction site or retail store, the cold weather can trigger various injuries and illnesses. While you may know the wintertime can be dangerous, you may not be aware of the severity of the issue.

Workplace safety during winter is crucial. Here are a few of the top winter worksite hazards you should know about so you can avoid them. 

3 essential snowmobile safety tips

Now that winter is in full swing, you are probably ready to bring your snowmobile out for a spin. Snowmobiling is one of the most fun winter activities Minnesotans enjoy. While zipping through the snow is exhilarating, it can also be dangerous

Even if you have a lot of snowmobiling experience, it is vital to prepare yourself and pay attention to safety tips. Here are some guidelines from the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association.

Potential triggers for dog bites

Dogs are "man's best friend," but in the case of an attack, they can be a person's worst nightmare. In fact, attacks can be quite dangerous, and sometimes deadly.

While most consider the summer to be the prime time for dog bites, they can occur year-round under the right circumstances. By being aware of certain triggers, you can effectively decrease your chances of facing an attack.

Dangers of distracted driving

There is a dangerous trend slowly expanding throughout Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that one out of every five car accidents that happen in the state occurs as a result of distracted driving, which most often takes the form of texting while driving. 

In addition to texting, distracted driving can also encompass eating, applying makeup, shaving or changing a song while behind the wheel. Something as harmless as reading a billboard on the side of the road can quickly turn into an accident because you momentarily took your eyes off the road. 

5 of the deadliest jobs in America

Do you ever wonder what occupations are the most dangerous? One of the most effective methods for determining the dangerousness of a job is by how many workers die. There is a new list out of the 25 most deadly occupations in America.

These types of workers experience more fatalities because they are in dangerous environments, work closely with hazardous substances or frequently use heavy equipment. Here are five of the most dangerous jobs from the list.

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