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July 2015 Archives

The dangers of opioid painkillers for injured workers

New York residents likely know that the problem of prescription medication abuse has grown dramatically in recent years. Narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin can be highly addictive, and they are among the ones that are most abused by Americans. These painkillers are often prescribed to those recovering from injuries suffered while at work, and a report issued by the National Safety Council concluded that prescription medication abuse is becoming a serious issue for workers' compensation programs.

Working safely with robots

A rapidly expanding section of the New York workforce labors in conjunction with robots and robotics in the course of their daily employment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been monitoring the progress of this technology and has issued several rulings on the subject over the years.

Confined spaces and OSHA

New York construction workers, as well as their employers, may benefit from learning about the new confined space standards established by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for the construction industry and that are scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 3, 2015. Researchers believe that the implementation of the new rule could lead to five fewer fatalities and 780 fewer injuries each year. It is designed to address the evolving nature of confined spaces in the construction industry and supplement standards that have been in effect since 1993 and which apply to all industries.

Drunk driving and texting accidents caused by teenagers

Drivers who are under the age of 21 cause a disproportionate number of fatal drunk driving accidents in New York. Although these underage drivers account for about 10 percent of all licensed drivers in the United States, they are at fault for around 17 percent of the fatal drunk driving accidents that occur each year. Every year, approximately 2,000 teens are killed in drunk driving car accidents throughout the country.

Seniors more likely to be injured in car crashes

Adult drivers in New York who are 65 or older are at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal crash rates among older drivers increase significantly when drivers reach their 70s. The highest fatal crash rates per mile traveled involve drivers at or over the age of 85.

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