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New York files suit against federal agency over safety rules

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) struck down the requirement that companies with at least 250 workers submit yearly employee illness and injury reports. The agency said the change was made due to concerns that sensitive employee information was being disclosed publicly.

New York is one of several states that is mounting a court challenge to the reversal of the rule based on the need for this data in order to prevent injuries in the workplace.

The signs of whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people sustain after a car accident. In the United States alone, approximately 1 million people suffer from whiplash every year, shares Naples Neurosurgery, a division of Neuroscience and Spine Associates. Between 25 and 40 percent of those people will never make a full recovery from their injury. 

Auto accidents are serious, and you do not want to delay seeing a doctor. You should see one within a few hours of the collision so you can begin any treatments immediately. The signs of whiplash may not appear for a day or two, so even after you see a doctor, you need to remain cognizant of any changes in your physical and emotional well-being. 

Fatal bus collision likely caused by loose thermos

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believe they have determined the cause of a catastrophic bus collision that occurred in Flushing in September 2017. They believe the charter bus driver's metal thermos likely wedged itself against the pedals on the floorboard of the bus and prevented him from braking to avoid striking an MTA bus.

The two buses collided on Northern Blvd., killing the charter bus driver and two others and injuring 17.

Hot dog vendor injured in Brooklyn by scaffolding material

The New York Post reported that a Brooklyn hotdog vendor recently suffered head injuries from falling scaffold material. The incident occurred on Monday, Feb. 18, at approximately 3:20 p.m. as the vendor stood beside his hotdog cart at the intersection of Elm Place and Fulton Street.

The man was in the location next to his cart when the temporary wooden structure collapsed onto him and the hotdog cart. The plywood wall was erected as a temporary barrier between the site under construction and pedestrian traffic on the street.

Beware of 'microsleeps' behind the wheel

If you're planning to drive, whether it's across town or across the country, it's important to be well-rested. After all, you are piloting a heavy and potentially lethal 2,000-pound (or more) weapon, so you need all of your wits about you.

A fatigued driver is at risk of succumbing to "microsleeps," or brief moments of lapsed consciousness when drivers are at extreme risk of getting into dangerous accidents.

The who, what and when of scaffold inspections

Scaffolding is ubiquitous all across the South Bronx as developers continue to move in and build up the area. However, just because scaffolding is everywhere does not mean it is any less dangerous.

In fact, the competition among contractors and the proliferation of projects could mean that scaffolds are less safe. Tighter schedules, more demand on experienced crews: It all goes toward reducing the quality and frequency of OSHA mandated inspections. Construction workers should know what makes a good inspection — and what to do if site managers or developers do not follow these practices.

Staying safe in the extreme cold on a construction site

The winters in New York can be unforgiving. From ice to snow to sleet to freezing rain; there's just too much going on that can cause you injuries. If you work in construction you know that the weather plays a major role in whether or not you can complete a project on time. Working construction in the winter can be dangerous, especially in the extreme cold temperatures, so be sure to follow the safety tips presented today.

Make sure you dress appropriately. If you know ahead of time that you will be assigned an outdoor task on the construction site in the extreme cold, you need to wear appropriate clothing. This means covering as much of your skin as possible to avoid frostbite.

Survive these driving emergencies

When it comes to highway collisions, they are always better avoided. But some crashes are indeed unavoidable, which is why it is a good idea to learn how to survive anything that happens.

Below are some of the most common types of highway emergencies. With some foresight and awareness, you will likely be able to have a better outcome.

Woman freed after 3 days stuck in Manhattan elevator

Imagine spending three days trapped inside of a stuck elevator. That was the unfortunate reality for a New York City resident who spent three uncomfortable days trapped inside a Manhattan elevator car last month.

As reported by CBS New York, the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) was called out to rescue a female employee who was stuck in the elevator of her employer's East 56th Street residence between Park and Madison Avenues.

Mayor praises agency for 9-hour heat, hot water fix

It's cold in January in New York City. So, on the coldest day of the new year when residents of a half dozen public housing buildings had neither heat nor hot water, it was more than a minor inconvenience.

But Mayor de Blasio still touted in a press conference earlier this week that 10,000 tenants had services restored by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in nine hours as opposed to the 11-hour agency average.

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