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On-the-tracks incidents on New York subways increasing

In a recent post, we discussed some of the dangers that those who ride the subway face. That proved timely, as The New York Times published its own article this week on the rising numbers of people getting onto the subway tracks.

While some riders inadvertently wind up on the tracks due to being shoved by a mentally ill person or predator, some collapse onto the tracks due to illness or disability. Yet still others attempt suicide in this particularly gruesome manner.

How dangerous is window-washing high-rises in New York City?

In the past, window-washers here in New York City had one of the most dangerous jobs there were. Thankfully, over the years, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the implementation of safety regulations have eliminated many of the former dangers.

Still, this remains a high-risk job without a doubt. The big problem is that when you are working 20 or 30 stories (or more) above the ground, there's very little margin for error. When things go wrong on the job, they tend to be catastrophic.

5 scaffold safety tips to avoid falls

As a construction worker, you are well aware of how dangerous, and potentially fatal, scaffolding can be. According to OSHA, there were 370 deadly falls on construction sites in 2016. If a scaffold is not safe, you may get seriously hurt at work.

Because working on scaffolds is a normal aspect of your job, it is crucial for you to always brush up on safety strategies. Review these tips so you can avoid falling from a scaffold:

How safe are New York City's subways?

You went out for the evening with friends, had a few drinks and a good time. Now, you're waiting for the subway to take you home — but are you safe?

Considering the daily volume of riders on the New York City subway system who experience no problems, the chances of an accident happening are rather low. Still, if you are the unfortunate victim of a subway accident, that is of little consolation.

Bronx man scalded to death in apartment shower

The family members of a Bronx father of six filed a lawsuit earlier this month in Bronx Supreme Court against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) after the man was scalded to death in his apartment's shower last October. The lawsuit, which was filed on Aug. 2, seeks unspecified damages for the 40-year-old man's death.

His widow stated, "I cry every day. I think about every moment that we had because we were always together."

What can I do in New York City this Labor Day?

It's hard to believe that the unofficial end of summer is only a week away, yet Labor Day 2018 is looming on the horizon. While many New Yorkers' holiday plans have already been made, still others may be wondering what to do next weekend.

Below are some suggestions for Labor Day celebrations and activities here in New York City.

The glitch in new safety training for NYC construction workers

The high injury and fatality rates of the construction industry are common knowledge. Much has happened to try to reduce the numbers over the years, from stricter liability laws to safer work equipment. Yet, the rates are still too high. 

New York City has recently responded with an additional protective measure, local law 196, that requires detailed safety training for specific construction workers and supervisors. The deadline to complete the first stage of training was back in March 2018. The last two stages go through September 2020, for a minimum total of 40 or 62 hours of training depending on a person's job site role. Some courses are mandatory, whereas other are electives participants can choose to fulfill the requirement.

Tips for driving in New York City traffic

From gridlocked traffic to a dearth of legal parking spaces, navigating the streets of Manhattan is not for the faint of heart. Motorists in New York City and other major metropolitan areas face different challenges than drivers in less populated locales.

It can easily take over an hour to get from one side of town to the other. Motorists have to plan ahead to compensate for snarled traffic, lane-jumping drivers and jaywalking pedestrians. That's why so many Big Apple residents use the city's public transit system to get from point A to point B.

Be aware of the dangers of drain entrapment this summer

It's been a hot and steamy summer for New York residents. The humid weather makes it all the more attractive to spend the day hanging out at the pool.

If you and your family are planning a late summer getaway, make sure that your kids aren't at risk for drain entrapment.

Asbestos released in steam pipe explosion poses dangers

It has been determined that last month's explosion of an underground steam pipe in the Flatiron section of Manhattan released the toxic substance asbestos into the air. The incident occurred on July 19 at 6:40 a.m., on Thursday in the area of Fifth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets.

The aftermath of the explosion resulted in a huge crater on Fifth Avenue that created chaos during the morning rush hour.

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