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March 2017 Archives

Arrest of alleged drug smugglers yields $4.1 million in cash


Police authorities in New York City announced the arrest of three men in an alleged drug smuggling operation and described the elaborate steps the men allegedly took to conceal the drugs. The police also seized $4.1 million in cash and 6 pounds of heroin. The three suspects were charged with several federal drug offenses.

Workplace safety and increased construction work demand

According to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America, employment in construction is higher than it has been since 2008, and almost three out of every four construction firms state that they plan to increase their workforce in 2017. Construction workers in New York and the rest of the country should be aware that as demand for construction work increases, so do the risks that the job presents.

Birthday celebration ends in deadly alleged drunk driving crash


Birthdays are usually a time of celebration, but occasionally celebration turns into tragedy. These tragedies are often caused by excessive consumption of alcohol, as sadly demonstrated by a recent collision that killed a Brooklyn woman who was celebrating her 21st birthday. The accident is alleged to have been caused by drunk driving.

OHSA's safety campaign aims to protect workers

Workers in New York and throughout the country may see safer workplaces since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched the "Safe and Sound Campaign." It is aimed at getting employers to look at their safety and health programs and how they can reduce workplace injuries and deaths. Workplace accidents can be costly as each week workers' compensation costs companies about $1 billion.

Understanding New York's implied consent law


Many New York motorists who are stopped under suspicion of driving while intoxicated wonder if they can refuse a police officer's request to submit to a breath or blood test. The simple answer is "yes," but the refusal to submit to such a test may have other negative consequences.

How communities handle skateboarding

New York residents may see skateboarding as a recreational activity or as a way to get around town. However, there is an extreme element to it that can result in liability issues for property owners. Each year, there are more than 25,000 trips to the emergency room related to skateboard injuries, and nearly 60 percent of those who are injured are under the age of 15. This is according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Improvements made to respiratory protection devices

New York employees may be interested to learn that approximately 5 million U.S. workers are required to wear respirators to protect themselves against respiratory problems in the workplace. Respirators can be crucial in low-oxygen environments or areas where there are dangerous mists, gases and vapors in the air.

How do breathalyzers work?


Virtually every state in the union, including New York, defines intoxication as the percentage of alcohol in the blood stream, commonly called the blood alcohol content (BAC). In New York, a BAC in excess of 0.08% means that the person is intoxicated and may be guilty of drunk driving. If a police officer suspects that a driver may be intoxicated, the driver may be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer measures the person's BAC by sampling the person's breath. How does such a test reveal the level of alcohol in the person's blood stream.

What constitutes first-degree identity theft under New York law?


Identity theft schemes might make for good stories on the nightly news, but it is important to remember that not all of those accused of identity theft are actually guilty of the crime. Individuals in New York need to understand what constitutes identity.

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