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UFOs are a daily danger for construction workers, though we’re not talking about visitors from other planets. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
73 construction workers were killed after being “struck by objects” in 2014. In fact, it’s the third most common cause of death on construction job sites (following falls and electrocutions) and includes unexpected falling objects as well as unexpected flying objects, or UFOs.

How do these UFO injuries occur? In some cases, tools may be accidentally dropped off of scaffolding or roofs and strike other workers below. Objects being hoisted to upper levels of buildings during the construction process can break free and plummet to the ground. Haphazardly stored materials may topple over, and errant nails fired from nail guns can strike unprotected workers as well.

Some topics are understandably difficult to broach, from telling your boss she has broccoli in her teeth to educating your child about the ‘birds and bees.’ However, the conversation almost everyone fears the most involves the inevitability of death and the practical matters surrounding it. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the
Conversation Project, a public engagement campaign launched in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), only 30 percent of adults have talked about their wishes for end-of-life care with their loved ones.

Shoes that are too tight can hurt your feet. Pants that are too loose will fall down. Whatever clothing you’re putting on your body, it’s important to find the right fit if you want to look and feel your best. The same can be said about homeowner’s insurance. If you purchase more coverage than you need, you’re wasting money. But if you underinsure your home and possessions, recovering from a burglary, fire, flood or other natural disaster could be even more costly.

You need homeowner’s insurance with coverage that’s just right for you. And with a little time for research and a few conversations with your insurance agent, it’s absolutely possible to get it.

Zika is a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, a species that is common throughout the world. It may also be transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusions. First identified in the Zika Valley of Africa in 1947, there have been several outbreaks in locations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands since 2007. Most recently, reported cases in Brazil have risen sharply since May 2015.

In most cases, the Zika virus causes few signs or symptoms, though an estimated one in five people may develop a mild fever, rash, muscle pain, headache or conjunctivitis two to seven days after contracting the virus.Treatment for the flu-like symptoms is limited to plenty of rest and fluids along with acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve any joint pain or fever. Most people fully recover within a week.


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