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April 1, 2014 / Personal Injury

Beware What Lies Beneath

As with many things, when it comes to utility lines, there’s more than meets the eye. Many pipelines and conduits run beneath buildings and streets, and even your own back yard. Overall, roughly 18% of distribution line mileage is underground, according to the Edison Electric Institute. Burying utility lines certainly makes for a more pleasing view, but it also can make for hidden dangers when homeowners or construction workers accidentally cut into a buried line. That’s why April has been designated National Safe Digging Month. I know, I know – It seems like every day is National Something-or-other Day. But creating awareness of the dangers of digging is a way to prevent injuries and deaths, and statistics show that it has be[...]


March 10, 2014 / Worker Injury

Incompetence Rampant At Indiana OSHA

What would you do if your child brought an evaluation home from school that said he or she dawdled, made sloppy mistakes, was unprepared, broke the rules, failed to meet deadlines, and was generally “less than cooperative”? You’d sit that child down and communicate some expectations and consequences, right? That’s just what happened recently when the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the Indiana OSHA. The federal agency launched an investigation in April 2013 in response to allegations that the Indiana agency was dilatory about processing complaints and that they were unconcerned, at the least, about the rights of whistleblowers. On February 25, 2014, OSHA sent a 19-page letter to the Commi[...]


February 18, 2014 / Personal Injury

Low T vs. High Risk

I saw a new word recently: “manvertisement.” It refers to advertising spots on television and in print media for products which appeal to men, especially those who want to “be the man they used to be.” Manufacturers of everything from potions that promise to stop hair loss to gels that purport to boost testosterone level are banking – literally – on men’s fear of aging. Some of the products may be effective, but some expose men to serious health risks. Low-T treatments are in the latter category. Several studies have found testosterone therapy could be dangerous for some men. One, published in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found a link between testosterone therapy and an increased rate of h[...]


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