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April 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation: BLS says 1 eye injury every 45 seconds

Employers in all industries in New York and elsewhere are responsible for the health and safety of employees. However, almost two-thirds of workers fail to use protective eyewear in jobs that pose eye injury risks, including the possibility of blindness, because it is optional and not enforced by employers. This is what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says after conducting a study. Employees who suffer injuries at work are typically covered by workers' compensation benefits.

Drug charges: Suspect arrested after alleged client's overdose

It is essential for New York residents to know and understand their legal rights whenever they are suspected of or accused of criminal conduct. For example, what is said and done at the time of an arrest on drug charges could be vital when the case goes to court. Suspects must remember that criminal convictions are based on proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and until the prosecution can establish that, the accused individuals will remain innocent in the eyes of the law.

Common construction worksite injuries

Construction workers are at risk for many kinds of injuries on worksites. From falls to equipment related accidents, many serious injuries can be the result of safety standards or improper training. Unfortunately, many employers do not give injured construction workers their deserved benefits after an accident.

Drunk driving charges: Can field sobriety tests be challenged?

Drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI in New York are often subjected to field sobriety tests. This is one method for law enforcement to determine whether drunk driving charges can be filed. Several potential challenges exist to use as a defense against field sobriety tests in court.

"Fatal Four" cause most deadly construction workers' accidents

In the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ongoing quest to improve workplace safety, the agency runs awareness campaigns to remind employers in New York and elsewhere of their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their employees. The Focus Four Hazards initiative -- or Fatal Four -- aims to draw the attention to the primary causes of construction workers' accidents. Reportedly about six to nine of every 10 deaths in the construction industry are caused by one of the Fatal Four hazards.

Workplace safety: Flame-resitant clothing crucial in oil industry

New York workers who earn their income in the oil and gas industry may become somewhat complacent -- especially after long service. However, this is one industry in which workplace safety must always remain a priority. Fires and explosions can erupt in the blink of an eye, and the consequences of burn injuries can be severe.

Text messages sent before overdose lead to drug charges

Understandably, being accused of criminal activities can cause anxiety and concern. Anyone in New York in such a situation will likely explore his or her defense options. That is likely the focus of a 24-year-old Buffalo man who is facing drug charges, including possession of heroin with the intention to distribute the illegal drugs.

Drunk driving charges: Avoid these errors in field sobriety tests

Young drivers in New York who are new to the freedom and exhilaration of having a driver's license and everything that goes with it may find themselves in circumstances where they get pulled over by law enforcement. Speeding, erratic driving and even a broken taillight could be the cause. Whatever the reason, the officer may suspect the driver of being impaired. The manner in which the driver handles what follows may determine whether he or she will face drunk driving charges or be permitted to leave with a warning or traffic citation.

Workplace safety and the hazards posed by ototoxicants

Employers in New York must protect the safety and health of their employees, and they must inform workers of the hazards to which they will be exposed. Workplace safety is the responsibility of employers, but there are some hazards of which even they may not be aware. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a bulletin to create awareness of ototoxicants, which are chemicals that can damage workers' hearing.

Plenty of evidence to consider for a DUI

Every criminal charge has a legal process behind it. Drunk driving charges, in particular, are noteworthy for the numerous steps, procedures, rules, and measures of compliance that must be followed throughout the legal process. For an individual charged with a DUI, how does all of this impact them?

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