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The dangers of working on scaffolding

If you are among the many American workers who regularly spends time working on or around scaffolding, you face unique on-the-job hazards you and your employer should try to minimize as much as possible. The term "scaffold" refers to an elevated work platform you might use to construct a building, wash upper-level windows or what have you, and these platforms can prove exceedingly dangerous if not in adequate shape and used properly.

How scaffolding leads to injuries

Beware of construction hazards on your job site

New York City construction sites are a hive of busy activities, with a lot going on at the same time in different areas. As such, they are inherently dangerous places, especially if the workers are cutting corners on safety precautions.

It's important to follow all of the safety rules and regulations to ensure the safety of workers and also of passersby who can become collateral victims of construction accidents. Below are some potential hazards to avoid.

How should you stabilize a vehicle with a blown tire?

There is nothing quite as scary as losing control of your vehicle when you're on the road. A tire blowout can quickly lead to an accident if you don't know how to steer your way out of trouble. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to learn how to handle a blown tire.

When a tire blowout occurs, drivers tend to react automatically. The loud noise of the tire popping combined with the sudden jerk of the steering wheel could make you hit your brakes or try to pull the wheel quickly to get back into your lane. Those actions could put you in more danger, though.

1 worker injured when two subway trains collide

At least one transit worker was injured this week when a couple of subway trains collided under the East River tunnel. The tunnel is currently under repair, stated officials with New York City. The station runs the E and M subway lines connecting Manhattan to Queens.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that neither train derailed after the impact. There were no passengers on board either train when the accident occurred on Wednesday, December 27 at approximately 5 a.m. New York City commuters were unaffected by the trains colliding.

Who is responsible for shoveling my sidewalk?

New York City can get a lot of snow, and that means that somebody has to be doing the snow removal. Who is responsible for this sometimes arduous task?

Well, that depends, and it's a bit complex. All residents, property managers, homeowners and businesspersons may have a responsibility to clear their premises and adjacent areas like sidewalks and inner walkways of ice and snow,

How vehicle technology can cause accidents

Many new vehicles come with features that enhance safety and performance. They also come with technology to make driving experience more enjoyable. The downside is some of those technological advancements make it easy for motorists to lose their focus while they are driving.

According to the Washington Post, onboard safety features could add to driver distraction and other crash risks. 

Operator found at fault in fatal crane accident sues city

The man deemed responsible for a crane collapse that terminally injured a Tribaca pedestrian has filed a lawsuit alleging defamation in Manhattan Supreme Court. A 38-year-old mathematician from Prague was walking from the subway stop at Chambers Street to his office. He died after being struck by the crane.

The 58-year-old crane operator had his operator's license suspended after the New York City Department of Buildings investigated the accident in February 2016. The crane toppled over when wind gusted during the morning commute. Ten months' post-accident, the inquiry report was released, naming the crane operator as the one who was at fault for not securing the heavy equipment the evening before. He was also found to have lowered its boom improperly.

Premises liability lawsuits can be filed for lead paint exposures

According to the Public Advocate for the city, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) chairperson was aware of problems with the agency's inspections for lead paint at least a half-year prior to when she claims that she was notified.

During a recent City Council hearing, the chairperson found herself in the hot seat. The Public Advocate alleged that back in October of 2015, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan asked the Housing Authority for details on lead poisoning cases and abatement efforts. At the same time, the feds informed the agency that they opened an investigation into "false claims" by the NYCHA made to housing officials for the federal government. The alleged false claims were made to secure funds for the agency.

Driving safely as a New Yorker over 75

The ability to drive in New York ensures our independence. It means that we can visit family, get groceries and attend appointments with ease. But driving can also be dangerous, and those over the age of 75 are at a higher risk of a car crash than the population as a whole. That's why, as a driver over 75, it is important to stay up to date on the things that you can do to ensure safe driving.

Be informed about the side effects of your medication

Do you work with any of these dangerous power tools?

If you are a New York City carpenter or construction worker, using power tools is a part of your daily repertoire. Do you realize how deadly they can be if not used properly and with the correct safety equipment?

Below are four potentially deadly power tools which must be used with extreme caution.

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