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Is your construction co-worker stoned on the job?

If you work in an office and your co-worker has a crystal meth or heroin problem, the collateral damage of your colleague's drug problem could potentially affect your own job to some degree.

But if you are working on a New York City construction site on an iron beam high above the street below, and your addicted co-worker nods off on the job, it could be lethal.

Preventing "the fatal four"

In the field of construction, accidents are quite common. Even with safety measures in place, the machinery and the job site itself create the possibility for dangerous situations.

Therefore, it is especially important for construction workers to take their own measures in limiting the opportunity for work accidents. By understanding "the fatal four," or the four most common construction site injuries, companies and workers can better grasp the most effective means to keep them from happening.

Don't let aggressive driving trigger road rage

According to one research study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving is a real problem for today's motorists. Data suggests that almost 80 percent of motorists in the United States exhibited aggression, anger or actual road rage one or more times in the past year while driving.

While there is a difference between aggressive driving and road rage, the line is blurred and drivers can segue from one into the other with alarming ease.

Auto crash injuries up despite Vision Zero

While the Vision Zero program introduced by Mayor de Blasio has resulted in a decline in the number of New York City traffic deaths, the total number of collisions has increased, along with the injury rate. These findings are based on data supplied by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

As reported by the New York Post, from 2014 to 2018, accidents in the Big Apple increased over 11 percent. In 2018, there were 228,227 collisions reported, up from 205,486 in 2014.

How New York City landlords sidestep making necessary repairs

Every New York City resident has heard the horror stories about nightmare landlords who refuse to lift a finger to fix dangerous conditions in the apartment buildings they own. Whether it's vermin infestations by rats and roaches, leaky ceilings and recalcitrant plumbing, living in these conditions places the residents in danger.

While the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is tasked with overseeing New York City's 2.2 million rental apartments and assuring that they are habitable, a review of their records by The New York Times was illuminating. It's apparent that the agency failed to get tough on property owners who deprive residents of even the most basic of services. Few of the worst offenders ever face the maximum penalties for their lapses.

Manhattan DA files criminal charges in mini crane accident

The Manhattan DA's office formally filed charges against two construction supervisors for their roles in a crane accident that left two workers seriously injured. The supervisors face two charges each of felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

The supervisors are employees of Western Waterproofing Co., a subcontractor hired by the construction management company, ZDG LLC.

Is it a fender-bender — or a carjacking?

You are driving in New York City when suddenly the car behind yours strikes your bumper. Nobody likes a fender-bender, of course. But could something more nefarious be afoot?

Carjackings sometimes start out as minor rear-end collisions. Law-abiding people who get involved in accidents typically stop to survey the damage, make sure there are no injuries and exchange insurance information.

How safe is your construction site in the Big Apple?

Working on an unsafe job site can lower employee morale and drive up costs. Ensuring the safety of the workers should be top priority for construction company owners.

How safe is your New York City construction worksite? If it's lacking in any way, the following tips may make it safer:

Costco faces premises liability lawsuit for shopper's injuries

One customer at a Costco in Brookfield in central New York state suffered a life-altering shopping injury as he reached overhead for some paper towels. The display of towels was stacked more than seven feet high, and as the shopper tried to grab a package to place in his cart, a steel pipe that was 40 inches long and three inches in diameter hit him above his left eye.

As a result, the 62-year-old shopper suffered irreversible brain damage, migraines, short-term memory loss, a concussion, light and noise sensitivities, muscle and nerve damage to the area surrounding his left eye and face, loss of neurological dexterity to the left hand and behavioral and mood changes.

Winter safety tips for New York City construction workers

Winter is a dangerous time for construction workers here in New York City. These environments are always fraught with risk and danger, and wintry conditions only seem to exacerbate the hazards workers face.

With that in mind, below are some tips to keep you safer if you are working out in the elements on your construction job.

  • Make sure that workers and supervisors can identify signs of frostbite.
  • Check the job site in the morning and throughout the day for the presence of any hazards.
  • Maintain paths that have been cleared of slush, snow and ice.
  • Don't pile snow so high it obstructs workers' vision.
  • Remove hanging icicles or rope off areas where they have formed.
  • Any portable heaters used on job sites must first pass inspections. They must also be used in well-ventilated areas far away from combustibles.

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