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Airport ground crews encounter an abundance of job hazards

Ground crew workers at airports do not get the most attention among airline employees. That spotlight is reserved for pilots and flight attendants. But such workers maintain crucial roles within an airport and airline’s operations, fulfilling a variety of tasks inside a terminal and outside a terminal.

Among their duties: checking in passengers for their flights, providing security checks, assisting disabled passengers, loading and unloading passenger bags from aircraft, stocking and cleaning the aircraft as well as helping passengers and crew get off the plane by providing the stairs once the plane lands. And all those tasks provide ample opportunity for an assortment of workplace injuries.

College and high school students are not immune to DWI

College- and high school-aged students sometimes want to grow up too quickly, enjoying some of the privileges that come with adulthood. One of those privileges is drinking alcohol. But after having had a few drinks at a party and getting behind the wheel of your dad’s car, are you prepared to face the consequences of a drunk driving charge?

An arrest can sneak up on you. The flashing cherry red lights from a law enforcement vehicle may not be quite enough to sober you up. But the aftermath of a drunk driving arrest likely will. You must face your parents, a judge and the reality that your life has changed, and not for the better.

Injured kitchen workers may file for workers' compensation

A recent study was released about a specific hazard kitchen workers in New York face every day. While numerous types of accidents can result in these employees suffering injuries, this study specifically went into detail about exposure to intense heat levels. Just as those who work outdoors may suffer heat-related illnesses or injuries, so can those who work indoors. When such illnesses or injuries occur, workers' compensation claims may be filed to seek relief for any resulting losses.

Researchers at City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy examined the effects of excessive heat on public school kitchen workers in particular. Their findings can be applied to similar work in other settings, however. When conducting the study, the researchers looked at the effects of light, moderate and heavy-duty work-rate scenarios, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They found that, at 80% of schools, employee work-rate exceeded the heavy-duty action limit; at 60% of schools, employee work rate exceeded the moderate action limit, and at 10% of schools, employee work rate was above light action limit.

Consequences from DUI conviction cross New York state lines

While on vacation out-of-state, you celebrated with alcohol a bit too much. You get arrested for and charged with drunk driving. A night in jail provides the chance to sober up, and you ponder your fate. A few days later, you travel home with family. After several weeks of legal proceedings, a drunk driving conviction is on your record.

If you think your driving troubles ended upon your return from out of state, you better think again. In New York, as in other states, you face related consequences stemming from a drunk driving conviction that occurred elsewhere.

Nurses often victims of violence in the workplace

When one thinks about dangerous places to work, hospitals do not usually come to mind. The truth is, however, that those who work at such medical facilities in New York and elsewhere, particularly nursing staff, often experience workplace injuries, many of which go unreported. There are several ways that nurses may be hurt while on the job; one not often talked about is violence in the workplace.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has identified four different types of violence that occur in hospital settings. Type one involves a person with criminal intent. Type two involves patients or their family members. Type three has to do with violence among employees. Finally, type four is personal relationship violence.

Hidden costs pile on with DWI conviction

Long-term repercussions surface with a DWI conviction. And you know you are in trouble from the start. Jail time and probation are a possibility, and you will be socked with a stiff fine. Do not forget the likelihood of the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, and even civil legal action if involved in an accident that caused serious injuries.

These are some of the upfront costs related to a DWI conviction. But there are lot more hidden costs to come. Beyond increased auto insurance rates, you might lose your job. Your personal and professional reputation will take a hit, too. And required enrollment in an alcohol treatment program means another financial setback.

Summer poses a unique set of hazards to workers

It can be dangerous to engage in any kind of physical activity in the summer heat, to say nothing of hard, physical work. Workers in New York need to be aware of the special challenges that come when working under the summer sun, and what steps they need to take to help prevent a work-related illness or injury.

Memorial Day weekend DWI crackdown results in hundreds of arrests

As usual, New York State Police along with local law enforcement officers were out in force over Memorial Day weekend looking for drunk or otherwise impaired drivers. This year, over 200 DWI arrests were made statewide and thousands of citations handed out. Here's a look at how that weekend went.

According to a recent report, police issued nearly 9,000 tickets for various offenses, including speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving and seat belt violations. They investigated 457 accidents, which resulted in two deaths and the injuring of 11 people. As far as impaired driving goes, 203 people were arrested. It is unclear if any of those charged with intoxicated driving were involved in the above-mentioned car crashes.

Recent construction accident results in injuries and death

Construction sites are dangerous; that isn't exactly news. However, with the various safety measures that are supposed to be in place, it is incredible how many construction workers in New York and elsewhere still suffer injury or death due to worksite accidents every year. Most recently, several people were injured, and at least one was killed after a construction accident occurred at the Morgan General postal building.

According to reports, two construction workers were riding an elevator in the building when a fire extinguisher exploded. Both victims were transported to area hospitals with critical injuries. One victim -- a 35-year-old male -- failed to survive. The other victim -- a 26-year-old -- lost an arm in the incident. This individual's current condition is unknown.

Car crash leads to felony drunk driving charges

Police in New York recently arrested the driver responsible for a single-vehicle crash in Yorktown on Friday, April 24. This individual is facing felony drunk driving charges, which, according to state laws, carry significant penalties if he is convicted. Thankfully, the accused has the right to defend himself with the assistance of legal counsel.

According to reports, the accused -- a 54-year-old male -- was operating his vehicle on East Main Street around noon when he crossed over the centerline into oncoming traffic and then proceeded into a ditch on the side of the road. He was uninjured in the crash. No one else was injured as a result of this incident, either.

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