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November 2015 Archives

Safety technology in cars saves more lives each year

Drivers in New York may not know that they could reduce their chances of being in a fatal accident by shortening their commute to work. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an individual who drives 10 miles round trip to work each day has only a 1 in 36,500 chance of being in a fatal car accident while one who drives 12 miles round trip has a 1 in 30,400 chance.

OSHA cites company in fatal accident that killed 1 worker

New York residents who are employed in the construction industry are probably fully aware of the many hazards they face at the job site. One of those hazards is falling. In fact, in 2014, falls accounted for nearly 40 percent of all construction deaths, and a fifth of private industry employee deaths was in the field of construction, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or the BLS.

Vibration equipment and work-related hand injuries

Although a work injury that occurs at a specific point in time may be easy to document for the workers' compensation claims process in New York, some conditions can be more difficult to address because of the lack of a specific event. Hand-arm vibration syndrome may be one of the more complex examples of work-related conditions due to the fact that symptoms may not be noticeable until many years after the problem is caused. As many as 2 million U.S. employees in construction and manufacturing may be exposed to such conditions, and 50 percent or more of these may suffer from this neuromuscular disorder.

Loud noises on the job can cause hearing loss

Loud noises on New York City construction job sites are potentially hazardous to the long-term health of workers there. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers who are exposed to high noise levels on the job can sustain permanent hearing loss. A recent study also showed that workers who are regularly exposed to loud noises have an increased risk of being diagnosed with serious heart disease.

New research focuses on drowsy driving

Driving in New York means sharing the roads with thousands of other drivers and pedestrians. Busy schedules sometimes force people to drive early in the morning or after a long work shift. A recent study by AAA indicates that more than 40 percent of the drivers surveyed said they have at least once nodded off or fallen asleep while driving. This has prompted efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to warn people of the dangers of drowsy driving.

Dangers to warehouse workers

New York warehouse employees should be aware of the importance of warehouse safety as should their employers. The cost of injuries and deaths is high both for both. OSHA fines, damage to the company's brand and higher workers' compensation costs are among the expenses to employers from employee injuries. With approximately 20,000 people seriously injured and 100 killed in forklift accidents alone annually, careful attention to health and safety is essential.

NHTSA and Ad Council target underage drunk driving

New York residents likely recall successful road safety campaigns that warned of the dangers of buzzed driving and allowing friends to drive drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council announced a new campaign on Oct. 19 designed to draw attention to underage drinking and driving. Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens, and it is hoped that the campaign will educate young drivers and their parents about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs.

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