Hiking Safety Tips

We live in a world full of modern conveniences, and, while that certainly makes life easier, it has also made us lazier. Schedules can be busy, and it can be difficult to find time to make it to the gym. However, there is an activity you can enjoy doing while spending time with loved ones all while burning calories.

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians’ most popular leisure-time physical activity is walking with approximately 70 percent of adults reporting walking in their leisure time in the past three months. If you’re included in this majority, hiking could be a great way to have fun and get exercise. When you do go hiking, however, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

Bear Spray

Bear SprayBears are no stranger to this country. According to Born Free, there are three primary species to be aware of:

  • American black bear (named as such to differentiate from the Eurasian black bear)
  • Polar bear
  • Brown bear

While these animals don’t typically take much interest in humans, the fact remains that they are highly territorial, and a close encounter could result in tragic consequences. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen to you, consider carrying bear spray. It’s lightweight and can give you the time you need to seek safety with just a quick spritz. In order to stay safe while hiking, start your shopping now and find the best product to meet your needs.

Prepare for Inclement Weather

heavy rainsIf you plan to incorporate camping into your hiking trip, it’s important to be prepared for inclement weather. Despite increasing research and developments in the field of meteorology, Mother Nature can still throw a curveball.

There are some steps you can take to best ensure you’re prepared for weather including:

  • Scope out your campsite thoroughly upon arrival. This allows you to orient yourself under good weather conditions rather than scrambling for shelter in the middle of the night.
  • Have a vehicle close by in the event lightning occurs. This is the safest place to take refuge.
  • If a car is not an option, make sure not to remain in the tent when lightning is present as the metal poles can attract a direct strike. Instead, head out into the woods.
  • Pack extra clothes in case of cold temperatures.


tickWith a growing number of serious diseases from parasites, it’s a good idea to take time to consider ticks. According to The Public Health Agency of Canada, there are known tick populations in parts of Ontario, B.C., Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec. In order to discourage them from using you and your group as hosts, you should:

  • Wear light clothing that covers as much skin as possible
  • Wear appropriate socks and footwear that covers the feet
  • Wear insect and tick repellent paying special attention to the following areas:
    • Groin
    • Armpits
    • Scalp

Fun the Entire Family Can Enjoy

While there are many potential potential dangers when hiking through the Canadian wilderness, there are measures you can take to best ensure you are able to avert issues along the way. Whether you’re planning a hiking trip soon or have simply had the thought cross your mind, these tips can help you stay safe, have fun, and get the exercise we all need.

Taking Care of Our Body for Better Employee Productivity

One might think it’s obvious as to why fighting off harmful chemicals from the body is important – because they are harmful. Simple as that, the issue is solved. However, we deal with harmful elements every day, even when we don’t know it. Sometimes, we know about it but we still deliberately put them inside our body, like when we eat junk food, too much sweets, and exotic food, among other things. This is most especially true for those who engage in marijuana use and other forms of drug abuse. So, the questions are, when we know that these are harmful chemicals, why do we allow them inside our body? Do we do anything to ward them off, or do we just rely on our excretory system and all the other parts of the body to do all the work?

We are responsible for our body. As good employees, it is our responsibility to always be in great shape so that we can function well for our jobs. So we should always find ways to compensate for the harmful elements we inevitable cause our bodies to mingle with. This is especially true if we can see that our body is slowly gaining too much fat. Excess fat in the body will cause the body to become susceptible to various diseases and it will cause trouble in your everyday work as well as in your personality. You will become less confident about yourself and your capabilities as an individual.

It is also especially difficult if an employee is into drug use. I know, there are ways that people can escape a urine drug test these days,** and I have to admit, it is actually ingenious. However, beyond escaping the wrath of getting fired due to a “positive” result in a urine drug test, the implications of this action and the dangers are in the fact that you are letting in foreign substance enter your body.

While we don’t think twice about loading our bodies with harmful and unhealthy chemicals and whatnot, we should also give that much effort in restoring our body and ensuring that those harmful chemicals will immediately be put out of danger. Thus, making up for the negative elements means eating up on healthy food and doing regular exercise. Anything and everything that makes a body healthy and recuperate from the negative elements.

It is not fair to your body to give it unhealthy foods alone just because they taste delicious. We must also find delight in healthy products like because it will not only keep your body from harm, it will give you a very shapely body so that people would know that you care about yourself and how you look. This will tell people that you are a good person and in turn it will boost your confidence and your self-esteem.





What To Look For In A Red Dot Sight

So, you decided you want to purchase a red dot sight, but do you know what it is you need to look for? If not, no big deal, that is what I am here for. I have compiled a bunch of useful information for you to help you figure out what it is you need to get out of your red dot sight.

Reticle Size

When I say reticle size, I mean the size of the dot that you will be looking at and which pattern. Sizes vary with different sights. Some are adjustable, some are big and some are small. When choosing the size, it is important to be aware of how much room you have on your firearm. The size of the dot is measured in something called MOA’s or “minutes of angle”. You should also consider your target when choosing a reticle size because the larger ones will block the view of a target that is far away. The larger ones would be better on small game at close distances or purely for target practice.

Battery Life

Red dot sights are battery powered and this is why it is important to consider the relationship between the sight and the battery. If you are going to be using the sight while hunting you should remember that cold weather will drain your battery. Also, some hunters accidentally leave their sights on the whole time they are on their hunting trip. Once they go to aim at a target, they find that their battery has died. If you plan to use it for long trips, I recommend a red dot sight that has an auto shutoff or extended battery life.


Price is also a huge factor when choosing the right red dot sight for you. If you are going to use it for target practice or a quick hunt here and there, you could get away with one from the shelf at your local Walmart or other large chain retail store. If you want something that has the auto shutoff and protection against environmental mishaps, you are looking to spend over $100-$200 or more. A few good examples of the top red dot sights would be:

  • Bushnell Trophy TRS-25: $79.96- As one of the simpler red dot sights, there aren’t many bells and whistles. It does offer an easy target acquisition, 1 x 25mm red dot, and a tilted front lens.
  • Burris 300208 AR-332-$333.00- This is one of the more expensive red dot sights. This sight has a lifetime warranty, made from the highest quality materials, waterproof, and compact.
  • Aimpoint Carbine Optic- $392.99- Another expensive one but this one is designed specifically for newer sporting rifles. It is completely waterproof and has up to one year of constant single battery use.


You can find more highly recommended sights at http://www.gungods.net/best-red-dot-sight-reviews/.

As you can see, there are quite a few things that need to be considered when looking for a red dot sight. Most of them are not cheap, which is why it is important that you know exactly what you need. If you are only using it once in awhile, go for the cheaper ones.

Water Damage Tucson Company Helps Employers Work Better After A Storm

Flooded office given solution by Tucson water damage company

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The October storm had put our office in a bad condition for weeks. After the flooding in the office, it has been a corporate rule that no one should break the niche of work productivity. We tried our best to go back to our own cubicles and continue to work despite the dampness in the workplace.

Little did everyone know that a dampened place caused by water damage in the building can prompt some colleagues to file for sick leave and thus, lessening the work productivity. Including myself, I filed for three days sick leave because I started experiencing throat irritation and coughing while trying to keep things back to normal. Those were the common symptoms suffered by my other seven co-workers who were also on sick leave.

Of course the strange situation alarmed the human resource department and the management. It would just take some basic senses to analyze everything. They knew how the workplace looked and smelled differently after the flood. It’s the work of the human resource personnel to look into the occupational hazards and safety of the work environment. The presence of unwanted moisture and its mold growth in the office building had something to do with the sickness of their employees and their company’s lower productivity.

During a committee meeting, three of us in the entry level position were invited to share our experiences to the HR people and supervisors about the current workplace and how it affected our work. It was a worthwhile meeting of discussions about the building-related problems they had overseen and the possible interventions. Then we veered from the formal agenda. We started talking about the devastation in Tucson during the storm and our experiences in our homes during the flood. And enough had been said about water damages. It was the best moment to mention to them my friend Jon Madrigal who owns a website about Tucson water damage company. I told the nice HR manager sitting next to me about the website which could recommend the best company to restore our workplace.

Two days after the meeting, everyone was asked not to go to work because the day was intended for the cleaning operation in the office. Jon was able to endorse to us a restoration company whom we could commend for a job well done. Now, we are back to our work space with a better feeling and a better work ambiance. Not only the place was restored but the productive workforce has also been revived.

Clean office after water damage Tucson company restored the place

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It is a natural thing that employees will thrive to a more nurturing work environment. They spend most of the day in the office and their well-being lies to what kind of place they are in. Therefore, it is important for a company to support a healthy work environment or a health-conscious culture for its employees. These are all part of the workload of the human resource people but these need the support of the company managers. It’s good if they recognize the importance of investing time, effort and money for a good workplace. They don’t know how much they will reap from having a nice place for their employees.

Tip: Avoiding Occupational Hazards

I have been asked tips on how to avoid occupational hazards and accidents, and I have been asked so many times that sometimes, the answers just come out of my mouth without me even thinking too much about it.

There is really no one great tip in avoiding occupational accidents, or any accident for that matter. That is why they are called accidents in the first place, because they are unplanned, unexpected and unwanted events that lead to injuries and other worse situations.

I always tell those who ask me to just always be careful, and to work for a job that you know you have the skills to work on, because if you don’t, then the probability of you committing mistakes will be greater.

Of course this is not something universal, and this is not something that is applicable for all people. There are people who thrive in experiencing new things, even when they do not have enough knowledge and skill sets to excel. They are just after the experience and the chance to learn. My tips are nothing more but for those who want to always be on the safe side.

With this question repeatedly being asked, I tried thinking of a new answer, just to be able to share a new insight about the issue.

I came to the idea that occupational hazards can be avoided if, you work at home. This makes perfect sense because you are taking away the greatest factor that makes an accident “occupational.”

Of course, this is not to say that you cannot encounter problems at home, this is merely an option for those who fear experiencing occupational hazards and problems with employers.

If you decide to take on this tip, you can either start your own business, which could be a home-based business, or work online.

There are a lot of things you can do now, even when you are at home. If you are unsure on what to do about this choice, you can check out a local online marketing firm to help you understand your options. This is so, because you can choose to work for them, or you can just understand how this kind of business and work style would benefit you.

Online marketing is a big hit these days, and if you want to join in on this market, you have to understand how it goes. You can start by working for a reputable online marketing firm. This could probably equate to you, still being an employee, and this is still your occupation. However, your fear of encountering any form of occupational problems in terms of safety and hazards, will be out of the equation.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

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When an accident in a company resulted to the demise of the victim, and if the incident was caused by another person in the same work place or by a product or service provided by the company itself, then the family of the victim or other survivors of the incident can file for a wrongful death claim. This lawsuit will fight for compensation for the loss of a loved one, not just for the emotional pain it has caused, but also by the fact that the now dead person can no longer provide for the people left alive. Winning the lawsuit will account for the funeral expenses and other monetary needs that have to be faced because of the incident.

Basically, when someone dies due to the legal fault of another individual, there is a right for a lawsuit. While this law differs from place to place, it is known that each place has a type of law that is being practiced.

Some of the incidents that involve this kind of lawsuit are automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability. However, it could also happen in the workplace, and it can happen if no proper consideration for employee safety was given by the company to all their staff. This lawsuit can be filed to a person, a company, and even to a government agency, that is deemed at fault for either intentionally committing the act or for their negligence or failure to act.

Who Can Sue?

Representatives of the victim, or representative of the survivors or family of the victim, can be legally authorized to the wrongful death claim. Families or survivors are often termed or called as “real parties in interest” and they can be categorized under this if they are:

Immediate family members. This includes the spouses and children (adopted included), and for cases where the victim is unmarried, his/her parents.

Life partners/ financial dependents/acknowledged spouses. The domestic partner of the victim who are basically their financial dependents, can have the right to file.

Distant family members. This includes the brothers or sisters of the deceased, as well as the grandparents, and all other blood-related people who are in custody or care of the victim or are the only immediate family available.

All persons who will financially suffer from the loss. While this may not be true for all countries, there are places that do allow people who will be financially burdened by the loss, to file a lawsuit, even when they are not related in blood or in marriage, as long as they have been given financial support by the victim and that the loss will also impede in their financial state, they could file and hopefully get enough compensation to appease for their needs.

These kinds of incidents cannot be predetermined and it can happen anytime. While there is promise of compensation especially if you are wronged, it is also advisable that you should have a funeral insurance ready. Yes, the compensation will come sometime, but while the settlement and court proceedings occur, the family will have to put out their own money first in order to settle the medical bills and the funeral services. With an insurance, you would not need to worry about the expenses.

These scenarios in life – the loss of a loved one – are very difficult as it is, and legal proceedings, compensations, etc., are making it more difficult for you to handle and survive the situation. It would really be great to have an insurance company have your back, like Aussie Insurance Critic does for all its clients.

While we hope and do what we can to make sure that occupational injuries do not occur, these are inevitable circumstance, and it is best to always be prepared when it comes.

Winning a Case against Employer Negligence Resulting to Occupational Injury

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I recently had a talk with a friend that is a divorce lawyer. He shared to me a recent case he had to handle because the client was a very good friend of his, too. He told me the story because it was also related to what I do as an employer at OSHA and because he knows I blog about occupational injuries.

In his many years as a divorce lawyer, one would think he has experienced all kinds of problems and conflicts. You would think, there will be no more new story to share because all possible scenarios have been played out. Well, that is what he thought too, until a recent case of his gave a whole new light to his work.

As a divorce attorney, he focuses on cases that involve, well, divorce. There are a lot of reasons for divorce but I am not dwelling on that because the case I am about to share is not a divorce case in its literal sense. See, my lawyer friend also handles conflicts in the workplace. You can say that he handles cases that involve the divorce of an employee from its employer or vice versa, depending on whether his client is the employee or the employer.

For this particular case, his client is the employee of a particular company. The complaint was that his employer was neglecting his duties and responsibilities towards the client, the employee, by not conducting the annual status report on the facilities of the company building. This included the inspection of offices and facilities, from roof to floor.

The client proceeded with the complaint after he was involved in an accident in the office. The roof near his office caved in and collapse. He was inside the office but it was fortunate that he was already headed out when the collapse of the roof happened. He may have been lucky to be safe, but the emotional stress and psychological impressions of the event upon him was enough to cause him to break down.

The employer tried to plea that what happened was inevitable and that it was the force of nature that caused it. However this defense was easily debunked because a company was called and asked to examine the real cause of the collapse of the roof. As confirmed, the roof was already starting to go weak yet no action was done to prevent it from happening. The evaluation of the company made a very strong case for the client.

My friend and his client has succeeded in the case and the demands have been met by the employer. He is still out from work because he has to go through stress debriefing in order for him to get back on his feet and move on from the horrible experience.

As he narrated that story to me, I also gave my insights about how claims due to occupational injury could also be made. Though right now, my friend and his client are just happy that they were able to win over the employer, who spent a lot of money to hire expensive attorneys that thankfully were not as prepared as my friend was.


Choosing the Right Job to Prevent Occupational Injuries

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Perhaps, the most basic key to avoiding occupational injuries is to choose the job that is right for you.

As professionals, exhausting options should be done in order to land the job that is perfect for you. There is no need to rush into making life decisions because rushing in might cause regrets.

This does not mean that you should be picky and arrogant when in search for a job. This just means that you should know your worth as a young adult that is in your prime and hungry for success. You should not allow yourself to be exploited into jobs that do not value your worth and do not give you room for improvement and growth. Also, beware of jobs that could cause you harm. This can happen if you choose a poor performing company, or if you force yourself to take a job that is not in your field or is not in your skill set.

There are a few things to consider before finally settling for a job offer.

First, you have to know in your heart if it is the career path you want to take. Don’t be blinded by the pay or the freebies or whatever else there is that they use to lure you in. will you be happy with this job? Do you see yourself in 5 years in the same line of business, in the same career path, and will you be happy once you reach the top of this career option? If you know you will be happy, then by all means, take the job. But if you are having doubts, hold it off and think some more.

Second, you have to be well compensated. Just because you are younger does not give companies the right to exploit your talents for lesser fee. There is always a reasonable pay for the type of work you are given, if you think that the offer is good enough for the job, then go right ahead. But if you think you are being paid too low for the amount of work you have to produce, then you better think if you’re willing to receive little for your work.

Third, you deserve a good working environment. This means that you get a good office or cubicle. You cannot produce quality outputs when you are working in an unhealthy environment.

Being young in the corporate world has its advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to take wise decisions in every endeavor so that you can become more accomplished in the long run. Also, making the right decision with regards to the job you have to take will help you avoid occupational injuries because you will be in a working environment that is fit for you and your skills.