Sleep Apnea and Your Company

If you are the owner of a company in which your employees are frequently at risk for injury, you likely have their safety at the forefront of your mind constantly. A safe workplace is a happy workplace. Additionally, workplace injuries can cause a lot of disruptions to your workflow.

They can lower team morale and lead to a drop in productivity due to the loss of a crucial team member. Not to mention that workplace injuries may cost you and your company thousands of dollars in worker’s compensation benefits.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that as a company owner, you’d like to reduce the number of workplace injuries as much as possible. Doing so will allow you to keep workflow steady and constant, and will also allow you to avoid any loss of money due to worker’s compensation.

One of the easiest ways that you keep your employees safe is to address the issue of obstructive sleep apnea. Keep learning more about why you should address this health concern for a more safe and secure workplace.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which the throat muscles block the airway during sleep — resulting in a breath that repeatedly stops and starts during the course of the night.

Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to a variety of health concerns, many of which can increase the risk of workplace injury. One of those is fatigue during the day. Individuals who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea often wake up in the middle of the night, and as such, are sleepy during the day. If your employees operate machinery during their shifts, this can be especially dangerous.

Another risk is cardiovascular problems. When the body is undergoing obstructive sleep apnea, blood pressure increases — which can lead to hypertension, a risk factor in developing heart disease. High blood pressure could lead to workers having to take time off due to surgery, or may even lead to a heart attack at work.

What Can I Do?

As a company owner, you’re likely asking yourself — what can I do? Fortunately, you have options. Companies who specialize in worker safety provide a variety of solutions to dealing with obstructive sleep apnea among your employees. Some of these solutions include:

Cutting edge technology to test for obstructive sleep apnea in the comfort of an individual’s own home, and the deployment of a CPAP machine for employees to wear while sleeping to help stop obstructive sleep apnea

Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea

Treating your employees for sleep apnea can bring your company a variety of benefits. One such benefit is a decreased amount of workplace injuries — which keep money in your pocket. Another is lower accident rates (due to your employees getting more sleep on a consistent basis), as well as better job performance, and significantly lower healthcare costs.

Consider reaching out to a worker safety company like WorkSTEPS, Inc. to learn how your company can create the safest environment for your employees possible through sleep apnea solutions.

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The Busy Business of Personal Injury

The personal injury business is a messy, competitive industry. While I am not involved as a lawyer nor have I been the victim of a negligent personal injury, I study and research the industry often. I mostly study personal injury law firms because I find the dynamics to be interesting. How difficult it must be to work in a field in which all of your clients have been injured; as a compassionate person (as many personal injury lawyers are), you do not want people to be hurt or injured. But as a business proposition, a personal injury lawyer kind of needs people to be injured or wrongfully hurt.

This is just one reason why the industry is interesting to me. Another reason that it fascinates me is that practicing personal injury law provides lawyers with the ability to fight for justice while still making a good amount of money. From my experience, most lawyers practice law because they want to make the world a better place — even if through just one case or client at a time.

However, a law degree is expensive — and requires an expensive bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate college. Many, many law school students have hundreds of thousands of student loans by the time they graduate and become practicing attorneys. And most new lawyers predict they will offset this debt through a high-paying job soon after graduation. But as an article in Forbes discusses, the reality for most new law school graduates is different than the reality they were promised: law school tuition is increasing while the number of high-paying jobs for new graduates is rapidly decreasing.

As a result, the few industries that have still retained the potential for high-paying jobs are increasingly competitive as more and more new law school graduates seek to stake a claim. But there are only so many personal injury accidents every year, so the clientele base is finite. Lawyers in the personal injury business combat this in two ways:

  • Retaining as many clients as possible — not letting clients decide against litigating or letting clients go to other firms
  • Attracting and earning new clients, developing personal injury mass torts

Of course, there are other methods to increase the profits of a personal injury law firm. But these approaches are the standard in the personal injury world.

Client retention

Client retention and conversion is a difficult aspect of personal injury law; so much so, entire businesses like the legal conversion experts at Intake Conversion Experts have been built around the central premise of helping personal injury law firms retain clients through administrative support, bilingual intake services, follow-up calls, and other client contact methods.

Essentially, these businesses are staffed with people experienced in personal injury law but instead of practicing law, they work on the business/marketing side of things. They are contracted out by law firms to assist with overflow or retention.

Client conversion

As I mentioned before, the second way that personal injury law firms remain competitive is through taking people who have been unfairly injured by another and bringing them to the firm as clients in personal injury law. The difficulties to client conversion include hesitation to incur legal fees and overall dissatisfaction with lawyers. These concerns can be addressed through excellent legal work and a commitment to clients’ well-being.

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What is Tornado Alley?

The term “Tornado Alley” was first used by a United States Air Force meteorologist and an Air Force captain as the title of a research project. Nowadays, the term is mostly used by the media and through other news outlets. We’ve all heard of Tornado Alley, but what exactly does it mean? We all know that it describes a region that is susceptible to tornado damage, but what specifically makes up this region, and why is this region affected? Even the National Weather Service has yet to issue a specific region that defines Tornado Alley. To get a more specific grasp on this region, and because of my interest in meteorology, I decided to do a little research.

One useful article by Smith Kendall says that Tornado Alley includes the area in the south-central United States where there is a higher frequency of tornados. Specifically, it explains that Tornado Alley runs from central Texas to northern Iowa, and from central Kansas and Nebraska to western Ohio. Given these bounds, it is no surprise that Texas, because it is such a large state, reports the most tornados of any state. The smaller states of Kansas and Oklahoma have the most reported tornados per unit area of measurement.

Regarding meteorology, the article explained that Tornado Alley is ideally situated for the formation of supercell thunderstorms. Supercells are types of thunderstorms that have a rotating small-scale current of rising air. This current of air is often found in a cloud. Because of this rotating air, supercells are sometimes called rotating thunderstorms. Basically, if you look up in the sky and see a large or small thunderstorm cloud spinning, there is a good chance that it is a supercell. Supercells can be very severe, and they have the propensity to ultimately create tornados.

In essence, it seems that Tornado Alley, while it does not have any set criteria for defining the region, is characterized by the increased frequency of tornados that form in the region. One study found that about a quarter of all significant cyclones occur in this area. What is it about Tornado Alley that leads to all of these tornadoes? Well, in my research I found that in this region, warm, humid air from the equator clashes with the cold, dry air from Canada and the Rocky Mountains. This creates an ideal environment for supercell formation, and therefore ultimately tornado formation.

Given these ideal temperatures and air conditions, it is no surprise that because of Tornado Alley, the United States has more tornados than any other nation. The nation with the next highest tornado frequency is Canada.

The next time you hear the phrase Tornado Alley, you should now have a better understanding what the phrase is referring to. While there is no set definition, the area is largely defined by the weather conditions that create supercells, and ultimately tornados. Next time you’re in Tornado Alley, watch out for spinning clouds!

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How to Stay Safe if you are Buying a Bike

So, how dangerous are motorcycles, really? We’ve all had that dream to ride across the U.S. with the wind blowing through our hair. We’re riding into the sunset, and it’s like a scene out of Easy Rider. We’re rocking a leather jacket, the engine is revving, somehow there’s a soundtrack playing behind. But we’ve also all heard something along the same lines: motorcycles are dangerous, motorcyclists are constantly getting run over, motorcycles just aren’t safe. Stick with the car. And those words scare a lot of us out of trying to live that motorcycling dream. Well, how worried should we be? Are the worriers right that motorcycles are so dangerous? Or is the fear overrated? Unfortunately, it seems the worriers have it right. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 72.34 motorcycle deaths per 100,000 registered motorcyclists. That’s a massive jump from the numbers for cars, which are just 13.10 per 100,000 drivers. That means riding a motorcycle is 35 times are dangerous as driving a car. But, let’s say, you’re determined to buy a bike anyway. The sunset is calling to you. You need that wind blowing through your hair. Well, what steps can you take to lower your chances of an accident? First and foremost, just pay attention. A lot of this has to do with motorcyclists just not paying attention. In fact, a study done in 1981, called the Hurt Report, found that motorcyclists were at fault for two-thirds of all incidents that involved a single vehicle, and that was mostly because they weren’t paying attention. Another stunning statistic from the same study, almost half of the fatal motorcycle accidents involved alcohol. Compare that to the measly 2% of accidents where the weather was to blame. Another study, MAIDS, found that in 69% of accidents, no evasive maneuvers were used. The next major point is to just wear a helmet. According to the MAIDS report, that would have reduced the chance of injury by almost 70%. So, sorry, no wind blowing through your hair folks. The main point is, be aware of yourself and others. And just be responsible. The most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are:

  • Reckless and careless driving by either you or another
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Road defects
  • And, once again, drunk driving

So, if you stay sober, keep your bike in good working order, and drive safely, you’ve definitely improved your chances of making all the way across your cross-country road trip. One final point: make sure you get some good insurance. Obviously, because you’re left out in the open with so little protection, when accidents do happen, they tend to be pretty bad. So, get the best coverage you can, even if it costs as much as your bike. If you have all that covered, all I can say is, stay safe and enjoy the ride.

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Accidents Resulting to Broken Bones

According to the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, accidents are bound to happen. Every year, people suffer through serious physical and financial stress caused by a serious injury, like fractured skull or broken bones. Personal injury specifically refers to any situation in which another party’s recklessness or negligence directly causes an accident. These preventable accidents can leave innocent victims and their families to face a multitude of challenges.

Broken bone or bone fracture is a break or a crack in a bone. This happens whenever a direct force that is stronger than the bone can withstand is exerted against it. While the most common sites for bone fractures are the hips, arms and legs, there are also cases wherein fractures can occur to the skull and ribs, making the injury life-threatening. 

Besides pain, swelling, bruising, deformity and inability to use the affected limb (arm or leg), bone fractures can also cause other complications, including blood loss, stunted growth of the bone, and injuries to organs, tissues and other structures surrounding the injured part. 

Medline Plus identifies the following as the common causes of broken bones:

  • Fall from a height
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Direct blow
  • Child abuse
  • Repetitive forces, such as those caused by running, can cause stress fractures of the foot, ankle, tibia, or hip

Osteoporosis and certain types of cancer that cause the bones to fracture more easily, present risks too as these can make minor accidents, such as a fall accident, end up with serious results. Thus, while some fractures will only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods which will hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures usually require surgery and surgical traction.   

Among the many types of motor vehicles, bone fracture, or fracture to the skull or ribs, is most common among motorcycle riders. This is due to the lack of body protection of riders. This risk to accidents and injuries motorcycle riders are exposed to is often caused by drivers of passenger vehicles who deny motorcyclists their right of way. Most often too, drivers never check for possible approaching motorcycles before making a turn, before backing up in parking lots or before opening their car door. 

As explained by Milwaukee injury lawyers, broken bones can occur for a number of reasons. While these injuries may seem common, they can have serious and long-lasting effects. Broken bones can lead to complications and permanent problems, often leaving victims stressed and frustrated. It is important to know, however, that victims of accidents, which leave them with a serious bone fracture, may be in the position to fight for compensation from the party that caused the accident.


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