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Can visual literacy prevent workplace injuries?

Accidents at work are unfortunately not uncommon across New York City. Whether due to falls from elevated surfaces, falling debris, heavy machinery, defective products or more, those working in construction, transportation, warehousing and more are particularly at risk.

With rising figures on serious and fatal injuries at work, employers across both New York and the country have experimented with different solutions and approaches to keep workers safe. One such approach, according to the National Safety Council, explores “visual literacy” as a method to train workers to identify and guard against workplace injuries.

Construction deaths, injuries on the rise in NYC

Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that injuries and fatal accidents are on the rise among New York City’s construction workers.

Construction is the deadliest job in the city, and there were three construction fatalities last month alone. Deaths and injuries at New York’s construction sites are a rising trend. Worksite deaths have increased by a third in the past five years, and injuries rose a whopping 221 percent in the same time period.

Top ten OSHA safety violations at workplaces

Over the years it may seem like there have been more and more safety regulations put in place in New York. While sometimes this may seem excessive and can make a project take longer to complete than a worker may want, the regulations are in place to ensure all workers' safety. When these are not followed people can suffer accidents as a result and sometimes suffer significant injuries as a result.

So, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates these safety regulations to make sure companies are following them to try and prevent accidents from occurring. To do this OSHA will go to workplaces and inspect them. Sometimes this is after an accident occurs and sometimes these inspections are done routinely to correct violations before accidents occur. Through these inspections OSHA finds many violations, but some are more common than others.

How alcohol affects a driver's ability to drive safely

There are many different ways that people unwind or socialize. However, many of these activities involve drinking alcohol. This can be a way to let loose a little and relax and by itself is not a bad thing. However, drinking too much can cause problems for the people consuming alcohol. It could create social or employment problems depending on what occurs while people are drinking. Additionally, some decisions people make while they are intoxicated can be dangerous as well.

One of the more dangerous decisions people can make is to get behind the wheel after drinking too much. Alcohol affects people in many ways and most of the effects are not good for drivers. It can slow people's reaction times, affect their coordination, decrease their vision and reduce their ability to concentrate. This means that not only will people not be able to react to the actions of other drivers, it can also cause drivers to take unnecessary risks as well.

Distracted driving remains a concern

Last month was designated distracted driving month. While these efforts helped spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving, the reality is that distracted driving is a growing concern that causes many serious and fatal accidents each year in New York and elsewhere.

According to the National Safety Council, there are around nine deaths and 100 people injured every day in the U.S. because of distracted drivers. In many of these cases, the distractions involved were caused by using a cell phone, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other technology within a vehicle. These and other activities cause the driver to not focus on the road.

Common accidents that occur while people are shopping

Online shopping is becoming a more popular way to shop in New York, but many people still go to physical stores in order to buy many of the items that they need. People still go to grocery stores for food, convenience stores, department stores for clothing, hardware stores, big box stores like Home Depot and many others. While in these stores they usually are focused on the items that they need to purchase, and are unaware that there are various dangers that can injure them.

People can slip and fall on rips in carpeting, on water or other slippery substances that are on the floor. Objects that are on high shelves could fall on people as they reach for them. People can fall when a shopping cart tips over. Sometimes if the store is overcrowded people can be harmed by others shopping. People can also be injured in the parking lots of these stores if there are cracks in the sidewalk, there is snow and ice that has not been removed or pavements are otherwise improperly maintained.

How dangerous is it to operate a forklift?

Once you have been operating heavy machinery at work for a while, it might be tempting to ignore safety regulations. What’s the worst that might happen if you drive a little faster, or take your helmet off for a little bit? If you drive a forklift, there are many ways that skipping on safety may cause serious injury.

Moving carelessly in a heavy machine can be extremely dangerous in a warehouse or on a construction site. You should know what types of injuries you are at risk for and how to avoid them.

Another construction worker dies in a devastating week

As the weather is now getting warmer in New York, there will be even more construction projects starting in the city. This means that many more workers will be at the construction sites performing various tasks required to construct the buildings.

There are many dangers at a construction site and in order to ensure the safety of all of the workers it is important that safety rules and regulations are followed. When they are followed workers usually remain safe, but when they are not followed construction accidents occur and workers suffer serious injuries or die in some cases.

Construction worker killed in crane accident at Soho site

New York is a busy city that is ever changing. More people come in, and more structures are constructed. Whether it is a new construction or for repairs or remodel, construction sites are rather frequently observed throughout the city. While construction workers can make a good living, these workers face many risks and dangers on-the-job. This can be due to the heights they work at, materials they work with or heavy machinery used to complete a project. Although safety measures are taken, this cannot evade all serious and fatal construction site accidents.

According to recent reports, a fatal construction accident took place in Soho. A 34-year-old construction worker who is an Army war hero and a father of four was fatally crushed when a 7.5-ton counterweight fell from a crane. This occurred during early hours of the day at the worksite of a luxury condo. There was a second victim in the accident that reportedly suffered minor injuries.

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