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How homeowners can improve pool safety

The CDC estimates that there are 7.4 million swimming pools in residential and public use in the U.S. Homeowners in New York will want to consider the following three safety tips if they own a pool. Though more than 3,500 non-boating drowning accidents occur each year in this country, drowning is not the only concern to watch out for.

Construction workers' accidents: Worker suffers fatal head trauma

Scaffolding structures pose different safety hazards. This fact was recently underscored at a New York work site in Upper Manhattan. Not only are the workers on a scaffold at risk of falling but also those working at lower levels who might be struck by falling objects from above. Construction workers' accidents involving scaffolds have claimed many lives over the years.

Drug charges follow ongoing probe by New York task force

Five men were recently arrested after a drug bust at a Bronx apartment. Reportedly, a Drug Enforcement Administration-New York Police Department task force had a 46-year-old suspect under surveillance when they noticed he came out of an apartment building, carrying a shopping bag after entering empty-handed. They followed his vehicle, pulled it over and found him in possession of 1 kilo of suspected heroin. He is one of the New York men who is now facing drug charges.

More people dying from asbestos exposure than previously thought

A recent study from the International Commission of Occupational Health, or ICOH, indicates that more people have died from asbestos exposure in New York and around the world than previously reported. The Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published the study.

Drunk driving could result in vehicular manslaughter charges

Most of us are aware that driving a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is a crime in the state of New York and can result in drunk driving charges and a DUI conviction. However, if someone was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident, then you may be charged with intoxicated manslaughter and face even more serious consequences.

Workplace safety committees

Every day, there is the risk of getting injured at work. No matter where you work or what you do, there is always the potential of getting injured in the workplace.

Workers' compensation claim may follow electrocution death

Employers in New York are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. As part of that responsibility, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration expects employers to provide safety training to equip all workers with the knowledge of the potential hazards they may face and how to avoid injuries. Specific fields like electrical work are particularly hazardous, and thousands of victims of electrical shocks file workers' compensation claims every year -- sadly, many victims of such shocks do not survive.

Drug charges filed after discovery of suspected meth laboratory

Following his arrest shortly after 10 a.m. on a recent Sunday, a 30-year-old New York man was sent to the jail in Fulton County after his arraignment in City Court. He is facing several drug charges related to unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing and disposal of laboratory material used in methamphetamine manufacturing. The arrest followed a report that police received about the discovery of some equipment used in the production of drugs.

Transportation accidents and crime top sources of worker deaths

New York workers whose jobs involve transportation face a heightened risk of death and injury while at work. Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries revealed the most dangerous occupations nationwide and the sources of danger. In 2016, transportation-related accidents were the top cause of fatal incidents across industries and accounted for 40 percent of workplace deaths. During that year, 632 truck drivers, 116 farmers and 62 landscapers had deaths attributed to transportation.

Drunk driving charges: Are the rights of sober drivers violated?

With the celebrations of the Fourth of July over and done with, life returns to normal for most. However, there are sure to be some New York drivers who were pulled over in DUI checkpoints. In the aftermath, many will be facing drunk driving charges, and some might be wondering about the legality of DUI checkpoints.

Workers' compensation benefits claim or civil lawsuit?

New York workers may not sue their employers for work-related injuries and illnesses -- except under specific circumstances. The workers' compensation system typically provides financial assistance to injured workers while protecting employers from being sued. However, gross negligence by employers could lead to personal injury lawsuits.

Distracted driving in summer the subject of Travelers symposium

On June 15, the Travelers Institute, the public policy division of Travelers Insurance, held an Every Second Matters™ symposium on Capitol Hill. Its subject, distracted driving, is one that should be of interest to any New York residents who are thinking about taking a road trip this summer.

Drug charges filed after car pulled over for traffic violations

Being pulled over in a traffic stop with illegal substances in the car can lead to criminal charges with potentially severe consequences. When motorists in New York face being arrested on drug charges, the best step might be to call a criminal defense attorney to explain their rights, and also to make sure those rights are not violated. It is important to remember that anything a suspect says or does at that time could adversely affect his or her case.

Workplace safety can significantly reduce on-the-job injuries

Many employers in New York focus on nothing but the bottom line. They might not realize that prioritizing workplace safety can significantly improve company profits. Every workplace injury has a negative impact on productivity, and every workers' compensation claim increases insurance premiums. Safety authorities also suggest that employees who feel safe in their work environments are more productive than those who are always concerned for their safety.

Women often misdiagnosed for common medical conditions

While most doctors in New York try to be as thorough as possible in their diagnoses, some patients have to deal with medical mistakes. In particular, women often have difficulty getting proper diagnoses. This is particularly true when it comes to reproductive problems like pain and heavy menstrual cycles.

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