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Month: July 2014

Workplace Safety Scam Uncovered

Outsourcing building inspections, a common practice at the New York Department of Buildings, has unwanted consequences. It turns out that two safety firms hired to verify that workplace safety practices were implemented correctly at building sites were actually...

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Technology to Prevent Train Accidents Not Widely Implemented

There’s a safety device that could prevent train accidents that’s been around for more than 40 years. It’s called Positive Train Control (PTC) and it monitors and controls the movements of trains, preventing trains from speeding, missing stop signals or entering work...

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Bus Accident Results in Falling Scaffolding

A Canadian charter bus, carrying teens from St. John, New Brunswick, crashed into a scaffold in mid-town Manhattan last week. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries. However, the accident illustrates the dangers both of driving in New York traffic and the dangers...

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Street Conditions Cause New York City Bus Accident

The so-called pothole is at least eight inches deep and surrounded by other, small potholes. It has existed for at least six months and well-known to users of the Lincoln Tunnel, delivery drivers and taxi drivers who regularly drive on the street. The charter bus...

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Garbage Truck Accident Kills Staten Island Woman

Yet another truck accident involving a city sanitation truck has killed a New York City resident, this time on Staten Island. An elderly woman was returning from her daily trip to the local store to get her paper and coffee when she was hit crossing the street at...

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The Most Dangerous Jobs in America, Part 1 of 2

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. We have written often in this blog about the dangers of construction work. What about other dangerous occupations? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that in 2012, the last year for which there are complete...

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Danger of Injuries to Healthcare Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidelines on preventing back injuries in the healthcare industry. It turns out that workers in nursing homes and residential care facilities were sidelined twice as often by musculoskeletal...

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Recent Garbage Truck Accidents Remind of Dangers

An apparently drunk driver who had been arrested previously for drunk driving plowed into a garbage truck, killing one of his passengers. The 26-year old driver was traveling south on Utica Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush when his BMW slammed into the...

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