How to Avoid Being Ripped off by a Contractor

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Many Americans decide to remodel or build additions to their homes in the summer as the weather is more accommodating to that kind of work. But when summer starts, scammers also come out of the woodwork and it’s not uncommon for homeowners to be ripped off by an unscrupulous contractor. The most common scam is to ask for money up front and then abscond, never to be seen again. Also, many shoddy contractors will underperform, providing poor workmanship at an exorbitant cost and try to illicit more money from you in the process. If you are planning a remodel, you…
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Ten Tips for a Safe Summer Road Trip

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Summer’s almost upon us and when many Americans take a vacation, they will hit the road. Road trips are part of the American lifestyle, but when it’s time to travel by car, you should be prepared, especially now that it’s easier to drive further as your kids are distracted in the back watching movies or playing on their iPads. And since you’ll all be spending long stretches in the car, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve taken all of the necessary safety precautions. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following tips to make your next…
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Tips for a Successful Company Summer Party or Picnic

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AS A SHOW of appreciation for their staff, many companies hold summer parties or picnics for their employees. They can be both morale boosters and a way for you to say thank you for their hard work and services. But sometimes the affairs, if not pulled off correctly, can create tension and stress not only for the staff organizing the parties, but also for management and employees that attend. To have a successful summer party, you may want to consider the following tips: • No mandatory fun – Try not to make it seem like another work obligation. Don’t treat…
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Pay Extra Attention to Safety for Teen Workers

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Summer is coming and many employers take on additional staff, including teenagers who are new to the workforce. These new workers need special attention and training in workplace safety as they have no experience on the job. Every year about 70 teenagers die while working in the U.S., while another 100,000 are injured seriously enough to require emergency room treatment. Keep in mind there’s a lot you can do to prevent injuries to your teen workers, and the measures you take to keep them safe will help protect all employees. The first thing is that you need to know the…
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Why workers’ comp claims spike in the summer months

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Workplace injury rates rise during the summer months. When summer rolls around, companies in many sectors, including agriculture and construction, significantly increase production. Increased road construction raises risks for workers and drivers. Many of the newly hired workers are young and inexperienced, creating a high potential for workplace injuries. Toiling in the sun is also a leading cause of weather-related injuries, including heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Heat illnesses occur when the body overheats to the point it cannot cool off, even with profuse sweating. Young workers Too often, young workers enter the workforce with little or no…
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