You never think about accidents when you’re at work. Instead, you blithely wander around until one day, BOOM, a loose wire trips you and you feel your tendons snap like uncooked spaghetti as you crumple to the floor.

You probably walk around your workplace assuming that that kind of thing would never happen to you. But here are the facts – more than 78,000 people were injured in the workplace last year. Out of those 78,000 injuries, 133 were fatal.

As startling as those figures might be, they don’t guarantee that you’ll eventually fall foul of them.

Provided you have a boss who’s on the level – as opposed to some cigar-chewing villain who shirks health and safety with a shrug – you can figure out ways to keep the safety of your workplace in check.

Here are just a few.

Call the professionals

If you know your workplace is unsafe but can’t quite put your finger on how, then call UK claim lawyers to give you a helping hand. Providing stellar advice on all forms of accident, they’ll know exactly what improvements your workplace can make to keep your health on track.

Alternatively, bring an accident expert into your workplace. They can check off places that need improvement and let your boss know how to avoid a costly claims process in the future.

The power of the union

Back in the 70s, the trade unions were at their peak. They could whisper into the government’s ear make change possible for people. Then came Tory party prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who diluted the strength of the unions to the point that they, nowadays, struggle to even authorise strike action.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a leaf out of the union’s book.

Whether you’re unionised or not, look to the rest of your workforce for their backup whenever you have a complaint about health and safety at work.

Your boss can easily shoo away one employee complaint – but when 20 come knocking at their door to say the same thing, they’ll have to sit up and listen.

Cuddle up to your employer

Your boss might be a nightmare. They might make casually sexist remarks, cackle at offensive jokes and be about as likeable as an evil dictator tribute act – but you still have to find some common ground.

You don’t have to be best buddies with your boss, but having a solid professional relationship will come in handy if you want to see improvements in your workplace.

The more you’re on your boss’s wavelength, the higher the likelihood of making positive changes for your workplace. So you better start cultivating friendships.


Aging causes a lot of changes to the body and mind. Some of the changes we experience are noticeable, and others are not as obvious. People also age at different rates, with some people suffering some of the effects of advanced aging at a young age, and other people maintaining youthful vitality well into their twilight years.

Factors that Affect How We Age

There are several factors that affect how we age. Some of these factors are within our control, and some are not:

Heredity. You can take cues on your own aging by observing the elderly people in your immediate family. If your parents and grandparents are fairly healthy and active, chances are that you will also age well. If you have a family history of age-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, then you are also more likely to be at risk.

Environment.Where you live can have a profound effect on your health. There are certain regions of the United States that are considered healthier than others for a variety of reasons, from climate and pollution to stress levels and poverty rates. People who live in areas that are considered unhealthy often have higher poverty rates and also tend to be industrial areas that have higher rates of air or water pollution.

Lifestyle Factors.Dietary and exercise habits, the amount and quality of sleep, stress levels, smoking, and alcohol consumption all affect how well we age. For example, men who are chronically sleep-deprived often show signs of accelerated aging in the brain.

Health Status.There are certain diseases that can accelerate aging, especially if they go untreated or are not managed properly. For example, type 2 diabetes damages blood vessels, making patients more prone to hypertension and kidney disease. There is also a strong link between poorly controlled diabetes and dementia.

The Effects of Aging on Lifestyle

The physical and mental effects of aging have a strong influence on our lifestyles as we age. Individuals who remain fairly healthy could live independently, and continue performing activities of daily living indefinitely. However, those who develop age-related diseases could find it increasingly difficult to manage their own care.

Often, these individuals have no choice but to seek help from others. For some, this could mean moving in with adult children, and even grandchildren, and for others it could mean transitioning into an assisted living facility, or nursing home.

Unfortunately, nursing homes often get a bad rap due to reports of abuse and neglect; and as the elderly population continues to grow, instances of abuse could become more frequent.  According to Michael Pines, a nursing home abuse lawyer in California, a survey published by the National Center on Elder Abuse revealed that 7.6 to 10 percent of elderly respondents experienced some form of abuse in a nursing home setting. Additionally, only 1 in 14 cases is ever reported.

This is not to say that assisted living facilities and nursing homes are terrible places, only that we need to take precautions when deciding on care.

Choosing the Right Care

Not every elderly person needs to go to a nursing home. Many individuals could do quite well living at home with at-home nursing care, or attending an adult daycare. However, regardless of the option you choose, here are some steps for finding a good program.

Find a Reputable Referral Service.You don’t have to look far to find an eldercare facility or program. In fact, many of them advertise on television and radio during the times of day when the elderly are watching. However, the production values in the commercials don’t tell you the whole story. Before you call the number on your screen, check with reputable agencies to find good facilities in your area. These agencies include:

  • Your local council on aging;
  • The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which can give you a listing of agencies in your area;
  • The U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator, which can help you find facilities all over the United States;
  • The Medicare Administration’s Nursing Home Compare, which gives detailed information on every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home across the country.

Many of these organizations can tell you if a given facility has had any complaints of abuse, or has had any other issues, such as problems with cleanliness.

Online research and phone calls are only part of the process. You will also need to visit the facility to see what it is really like. If you know someone who lives in the facility, consider visiting them, and asking for their take, before you schedule a tour. You might find that they tell and show you things that are not included on the standard tour.


Long before MTV, the Jersey shore was known for its beaches. It’s not unusual for families from all over the state to head to any of the towns along the 130 miles of New Jersey coastline for weekend fun, or summer-long celebrations of sun, surf, and sand. Of course, with water fun also comes water safety, including knowing CPR.

What is CPR

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It involves reviving someone after they have stopped breathing and/or their heart has stopped beating by breathing for them and using chest compressions to stimulate the heart.

There are three major types of CPR – adult, infant, and child – because infants and children have slightly different cardio-pulmonary needs than adults. There is also a Hands-Only CPR that does not involve breathing.

Lifeguards who work the pools and beaches along the Jersey Shore all have to complete CPR training and certification as part of their jobs. However, CPR is not just for water safety, and anyone can benefit from knowing CPR, whether or not they are on the water.

Why Learn CPR?

The big reason is that anyone can go into cardiopulmonary arrest at any time, and for any reason. It might sound a little melodramatic, but there are several reasons why a seemingly healthy person might stop breathing, and his heart might stop beating.

Cardiopulmonary arrest could happen at school, at work, out at restaurants, and anywhere else that people congregate, and is most likely to happen at home. When cardiopulmonary arrest occurs, minutes count, and someone knowing how to administer CPR could make the difference between life and death.

In fact, in certain industries the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that someone on-site be trained to render first aid and CPR. These industries can include factories or construction sites that have a high risk of injury; or schools or public places where individuals are responsible for the health and well-being of others.

OSHA even recommends that there be at least one person in an office trained to administer first aid, which could include CPR.

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.

The great thing about CPR certification is that it lasts a couple of years, which means your certification could be good for at least one beach season. That can come in extremely handy if you are swimming on a private beach, a private pool, or any other location where there might not be a lifeguard available.

Where to Learn CPR

There are Red Cross-approved training sites you can get CPR training in NJ, just by signing up and attending classes. Some of these training companies also offer classes to the public at schools, fire departments, and community centers like the YMCA – especially in preparation for the summer beach season.

If you are interested in getting certification through your workplace, you will want to contact Human Resources to see if there is a CPR training program in place. If not, then you can talk to them about starting a program, including giving plenty of statistics on the effectiveness of CPR, and reasons why it would benefit the company to offer the training.

The advantage to going through your company is that, when it’s time to renew, they might pay for the training and re-certification. However, even if you get the certification on your own, it’s a good idea to renew the certification when it expires, because the American Red Cross is always updating and improving the CPR process.


Mesothelioma is a disease that must be fought on multiple fronts. From legal battles to treatment side effects, this type of cancer is down right complicated to deal with. In order to prepare yourself to get well, you will require both physical and mental support.

Many mesothelioma patients agree that certain foods can help mitigate the effects of cancer as well as aid in relieving the side effects of certain medications. By making slight changes to your diet and nutrition, you can fight your mesothelioma symptoms, here’s how…

The Food/Cancer Conundrum

Many patients agree that cancer can negatively affect the appetite and chemo can seriously alter the way certain foods taste, sometimes making even your favorite foods unpalatable.

One way to combat these affects on your appetite is to get creative. Try different varieties of healthy foods and even different meal combinations to trigger your food cravings. Chemo can cause sores to develop in different areas of the mouth; to avoid unnecessary discomfort, stay away from spicy or acidic foods until the sores are healed.

Supplements

Though it may be hard to keep food down, especially during treatment, it is not recommended that you take supplements during treatment for mesothelioma. Certain supplements can interfere with treatment drugs and cause complications. If you are considering adding a supplement, speak to your doctor beforehand.

Planning Meals

Patients and caregivers must work together to develop a meal plan that suits the patients specific nutrition requirements. Meals don’t have to be boring or tasteless; stock up on the patient’s favorite foods that remain palatable during chemo treatment.

To reduce the time needed to prepare meals, make them a few days ahead of time. Freezing complete meals guarantees the patient will have nutritious food available at any time. If you are having trouble coming up with different meals, speak with your doctor or dietitian to help you plan out your week’s grocery list.

Getting More Bang for Your Buck

Eating nutritious foods is one thing, but when you have cancer, it is hard for your body to absorb calories and vitamins. Make sure each meal is power-packed with all the essentials.

If it is difficult to keep food down. Instead of eating three square meals, break meals up into several portions. In order to keep your body strong, you should eat as often as you are able.

Always drink water either before or after meals or snacks – not during. Drinking during meals can make you feel more full, and to get the most out of your meals you must be able to eat as many nutrients as possible during each sitting.

To Add Protein

Protein can be added to your diet in a variety of ways. If you are having trouble eating red meat or poultry, try tofu, spinach, eggs, nuts, and beans. These food items are rich in protein and are relatively easy to digest.

Using spreads such as peanut butter or Nutella to toast or other items can add both protein and much needed calories to meals and snacks.

Adding powdered milk to food or drinks can also help you to increase your protein intake if you are having trouble digesting other protein rich foods.

To Increase Caloric Intake

Cook with real butter, olive oil, and vegetable oil. How you cook can help you increase the amount of calories in healthy foods like vegetables. Other ways to increase you calorie intake can include using whole milk, full fat sour cream, and heavy cream to your recipes.

 

Reducing Stress

Careful collaboration between doctors and caregivers is essential. Knowing that these individuals are helping each other work out the logistics of treatment can help reduce the immense stress that comes with physically fighting this disease.

In addition, your doctor should also work with your attorney to determine what may have caused you to contract mesothelioma. Remember to choose an attorney who is familiar with the disease. FightMesothelioma.com further recommends you choose an attorney with a substantial history of preparing and taking mesothelioma lawsuits specifically to trial. Knowing that the legalities related to mesothelioma are being handled by a professional can also help to reduce stress.

When faced with cancer, many individuals feel that activities such as yoga and meditation can help take the emotional edge off. Light yoga or chair yoga can be performed with minimal effort, yet you can still experience the full benefits of the practice including improving the quality of sleep, reaching deep relaxation, and increasing blood flow to areas of the body which are healing.

It is important to stay positive and know that you can fight this disease. Good nutrition and helpful support from your doctor, caregiver, attorney, and loved ones can help you conquer mesothelioma and also help you sustain yourself during even the most trying times.