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March 2017 Archives

Did you get hurt in an elevator while shopping?

Living in the city means working, living and recreating in tall buildings - and that means you probably use elevators throughout the day. It's also likely you take the safety of those elevators for granted. It's rare that you hear of someone involved in an elevator-related accident, and even rarer that you hear of someone hurt or killed in an elevator incident. Nevertheless, these situations do happen.

Do smartphone Breathalyzer applications work?

For the cost of about $50, you can own a special device that attaches to your smartphone that functions as a pocket Breathalyzer device. The companies that build these apps say they can help you make better decisions when you're trying to figure out if you should drive home or call Uber. The question is: Do they work?

What are my rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act became law in 1970. It was created to increase worker safety in the United States by preventing serious and fatal on-the-job accidents. Under the OSH Act, employers must ensure that their employees are working in environments free of known dangers.

21-year-old woman dies in car accident on her birthday

It's every parent's worst nightmare: outliving your children. That nightmare often involves vehicular accidents, which are a leading cause of death among children, teenagers and young adults. Tragically, a young woman from Williamsburg died when her allegedly drunk friend was driving her home on her 21st birthday.

What is loss of consortium?

There is a simple reason why people get married. It's because a marital relationship provides specific benefits to those who enter into the agreement. That's why, when a debilitating injury alters the nature of a marital relationship, both sides of the marriage will suffer immensely. This suffering can be emotional, just as much as it can be financial in nature.

Young, Hispanic construction workers at increased risk of injury

Construction work is a well-paying career. This is due to a number of factors. First, there is a substantial risk of injury, even death, to those who work on construction jobs. That is particularly true for buildings over one or two stories. Secondly, construction work is critical to the safety of others, so the need for quality work is critical in construction jobs. Finally, there are often highly skilled positions, such as welding, that require additional training and certification. For those with nerves of steel and the ability to work with their hands, construction work can be a great career.

3 pedestrians killed, 1 injured, in New York area crashes

A string of pedestrian accidents in three different boroughs left three people dead and one person critically injured last Tuesday. The fatal victims in the accidents were a 71-year-old man, an 81-year-old woman, and a woman in her 50s. The critically injured man is 87. All of the victims were pedestrians.

Commercial construction workers are always at risk of injury

As a commercial construction worker, you should never overlook the fact that trouble is always lurking around the corner. Even if you do your part in preventing accidents, you never know if somebody else will make a mistake that puts you in a dangerous situation.

Minivan crushes man while shopping in a convenience store

A 37-year-old man was peacefully minding his own business while shopping between the aisles of a Bronx Mobile Mart when a freak accident changed everything. Raw surveillance video from inside the location depicts a minivan driving into the store, turning the aisles into dominoes.