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Walking in a Winter Warzone, part 2

In part one of our series on holiday safety, we focused on how to stay safe while holiday shopping. However, many dangerous situations this time of year occur on the road. With millions of Americans visiting their families or escaping to warmer climates, the roads are packed. Combined with unpredictable winter weather, holiday traffic can be dangerous.

Read on for advice navigating holiday traffic so you can make it over the river and through the woods safely.

Walking in a Winter Warzone, part 1

Avoid common holiday hazards and get through the season safely.

As the holidays approach, it’s time to kick shopping and travel planning into high gear. While many people find the holiday season nothing short of magical, it’s important to remember that winter weather and holiday crowds can lead to some dangerous situations.

NYC subways are a frustrating mess, but are they more dangerous?

New York City subways seem to be less efficient and more chaotic than ever, with many riders reporting more service delays and mishaps than they've seen in years. With frequent problems ranging from power outages to a huge dust cloud at the 72nd Street 1/2/3 station, the MTA seems to be unable to stop the frustration and wasted time that so many commuters experience each day.

According to statistics from the city's Independent Budget Office, inefficiency (as measured by lost rider time) has been increasing every year since 2012, according to the New York Daily News. But does this annoyance, which can cost riders lost work time and cause other difficulties, translate into a more dangerous subway system? Have accidents, injuries and deaths gone up or down recently?

What happens to household employees after a workplace injury?

Most people don’t think of nannying, housekeeping, gardening or other domestic work as particularly dangerous. However, domestic workers are still vulnerable to a range of on-the-job accidents and injuries.

If you’re a domestic worker, you may not have considered what will happen if an injury on the job affects your ability to work. An on-the-job accident can quickly rack up medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that seem impossible to cover. Fortunately, you are unlikely to be fully responsible for these costs under New York law.

New York’s car seats laws are changing

It’s normal for new parents to feel anxious about their child’s safety – particularly on the road. While you probably do everything you can to stay safe behind the wheel, the family car is one place where other people’s actions can have a direct impact on the safety of your child.

According to a AAA spokesperson, a one-year-old child is injured in a traffic crash roughly once every day in New York. Existing child passenger safety laws have made the road safer for kids, but there is always room for improvement. With that in mind, the state of New York recently passed a new car seat law.

The most dangerous intersection in each borough

New York City traffic is legendary – and, to keep up, those who get around on foot have to be equally bold. Crossing the street in New York can feel like an Olympic event that requires speed, judgment and a certain amount of risk.

Of course, some crossings are safer than others. To help New Yorkers identify dangerous intersections and plan safer walking routes, the Department of Transportation has identified five of the city’s most dangerous intersections. Keep reading to see if your most dreaded crossing made the list.

You're an injured temp-to-hire worker. Now what?

There has been a growing concern in OSHA that companies are attempting to employ temporary contract workers to skirts the requirements and obligations under the OSHA Act. This can include using temporary employees in hazardous jobs to reduce the exposure of liability to the employer. OSHA has also been concerned that temporary workers are by definition more vulnerable to lack of training on both health and safety, workplace or health hazards, and are at greater risk for retaliation than their traditional employee counterparts.

Concern has grown as research studies have shown that temporary workers have a higher risk of workplace injury and in some industries, temporary workers have more than double the chance of suffering a severe work-related injury than a typical employee.

When a coworker commits assault

It seemed like a typical day for most of the employees of the ABC Manufacturing company in Indiana, that is except for Buddy.  Buddy was reporting for his second shift at ABC after a fight earlier with his wife had put him on edge.  While approaching the time clock, he was greeted by a first shift worker named Gary who was about to clock out.  Gary received no response from Buddy but brushed his time card on his arm while going to punch out.

It was at this point that Buddy snapped yelling at Gary while pinning and eventually bending his back over the time clock they were both approaching.  This random, unprovoked attack left Gary with substantial injuries that caused him to miss a significant amount of work as well as amass a large amount of medical bills.

How dangerous is driving tired?

Everyone knows how dangerous drunk driving is. The chemicals in the blood stream cause delayed reaction times, limit inhibitions and negatively impact coordination. But few people think about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep before driving.

However, the risks of driving exhausted can be just as bad as driving drunk. Keep reading to learn about the dangers of driving while tired.

4 Occupational Hazards in the Gig Economy

Anyone who routinely uses ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft or Gett has likely heard at least one driver extol the flexibility of such a job. Indeed, the flexible hours and ability to set one’s own schedule are a major draw to “gigs” like driving, running errands and making deliveries.

However, as more and more Americans join the gig economy, safety experts are growing concerned about the implications for health and safety. According to a recent report by Entrepreneur, the realities of “gigging” create several risks for workers as well as consumers.

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