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Is your teen in danger while driving this summer?

Many parents are unaware that industry insiders consider the approximate 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teenage drivers.

It's during these months that the rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving teens increase to 15 percent higher than the other months in the year.

Going parasailing? Be smart about safety

Ah, summer. A time for slathering on suntan oil, picnicking and heading for the shore where there's always fun to be had. But if your fun includes parasailing, you need to proceed with caution.

It certainly looks like fun, gliding high above the blue water while tethered to the boat below. To make sure that your experience is a good one, however, you must be proactive about your own safety using the below tips.

How clean is that Jacuzzi?

If your idea of an ideal summer weekend getaway includes a spa retreat with a relaxing soak in a Jacuzzi, you may want to reconsider. Jacuzzis have the potential to cause all sorts of health issues for those who like to ease sore muscles in the churning water.

Below are some hazards of which to be aware on your next spa day.

Safety campaign is underway statewide this weekend

Local law enforcement departments around the state are teaming up with the New York State Police for the two-week period from May 22 to June 4.

The annual campaign, "Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket," focuses on children's car seat and seat belt enforcement. Authorities time their yearly initiative to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday.

Which industry has the most workplace injuries?

While every occupation comes with some risk of harm, there are many that are inherently much more hazardous than others. Some sectors have high fatality rates, such as logging, whereas others do not have as many deaths but still rank high in injury rates, such as nursing.

Knowing what the most dangerous job is can help you take the necessary precautions to avoid workplace injury and to know when you have a case.

Trench collapse fatalities on the rise nationwide

Many dangers can be found on New York City construction sites, as the city is a mecca for building and development during all 12 months of the year.

But there is one particular danger that workers often ignore, at their peril — trench collapses. Perhaps because they don't occur dozens of feet off the ground or involve heavy machinery weighing many tons, these type of accidents aren't considered to be as lethal to the workers.

Amtrak conductor to be charged with manslaughter for 2015 crash

A judge with the Philadelphia Municipal Court sent down orders to prosecutors on Thursday, May 11, requiring that they file criminal charges against a former Amtrak engineer. It's widely believed that the speed at which he was operating the train on May 12, 2015, was responsible for the train's derailment. The accident killed eight and and injured nearly 200.

The May 11th order was made just one day before the statute of limitations window for filing charges in the case was set to close. The district attorney with the city now must file both reckless endangerment and involuntary manslaughter charges against the former train conductor.

Parents, insist on safety first on prom night

With all the excitement about the formal wear, hair, make-up and nail appointments for the big night, sometimes teens give short shrift to what's most important — making sure that prom night remains safe for all attendees and those they encounter on the roads.

Parents may not be able to eliminate every risk for their teens, but by incorporating the following suggestions into the teens' prom plans, they can reduce the likelihood of tragedy occurring.

What are the implications of New York's dram shop laws?

Sometimes a person suffers injuries or is killed by a drunken driver who left a bar or other venue where alcohol is sold before the accident happened. The injured person or one's survivors may be able to hold the bartender or retailer civilly liable for their injuries and damages.

Dram shop laws were first passed in England in the 1700s. The name stems from the practice of selling patrons drams (or spoonfuls) of gin. The laws seek to establish a clear path to liability for whoever continued to serve or sell the drunken customer alcohol.

3 safety tips for construction workers to avoid accidents

More people suffer fatal injuries in construction than any other industry. If you are a construction worker, you are probably aware of several risks and hazards you face every day. You know how one wrong move or forgetful moment could lead to a catastrophic event. Due to the unique dangers of construction sites, it is crucial for you to do whatever you can to stay safe.

While your employer should uphold necessary safety standards, it is also important for you to be mindful of your behavior and follow best practices. Follow the construction safety tips listed below to reduce your chances of receiving an injury on the job.

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