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New tech devices may help protect NYC construction workers

A collaboration between three companies may help protect construction workers from onsite injuries. Insurance provider, The Travelers Companies, Inc., is partnering with contracting company Gilbane and Triax Technologies, a tech company focused on the construction industry.

Teens with teen passengers at risk of distracted driving

When a teenager gets their driver’s license, they want to share their newfound road freedom with others. They might want one of their friends in with them to start carpooling to school together or to show off their car and new driving skills.

However, in a teenager’s first year of driving, they must take all precautions that they can to ensure that their child begins receiving proper experience on the road. Having other teens with them in the car during their first couple of months is proving to be especially dangerous. Recently, AAA released a study showing that in 2016, the chances for a motor vehicle fatality jumped up nearly 56 percent if a teen driver had a teen passenger with them. It is important to know how having another adolescent in the car with your child can put them in serious danger on the roads of New York.

Ways limo drivers can get distracted

Limousine service safety regulations are continuing to come under fire weeks after the tragic crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. The public is re-examining the safety protocols of limo drivers as they continue to question what led to the disastrous road incident.

One of the topics that has come up is the issue of distracted driving. As limo drivers arguably have more responsibilities than your typical motorist, they also have more ways to distract themselves. Any possible distraction issue you have in your car can be even worse for limo drivers with how often they are on the road. It is important to be aware of these various distractions so you can proceed with caution if you have a limo in an adjacent lane that has questionable control over their vehicle.

Workplace Injuries: Construction Accidents in NYC and How to Protect Yourself

Have you or your loved one been injured in a construction accident? You may be eligible to file a legal claim. New York City has seen a rise in construction accidents - and construction workers need to know how to protect themselves.

New York City is in the midst of a building boom - with the greatest construction activity of all other major cities in the United States. According to the recent study by Dodge Data & Analytics, the New York City metro area's construction projects worth $15 billion from January to May of 2018.

Awareness to protect your hearing starts in October

No matter which field you work in, your hearing can be at risk, but some industries are worse for your hearing than others. At the law office of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we know that your ears often take the back burner when you consider the different ways you can be injured on the job. This month, you and other New York residents should be aware of the risks and how to protect your hearing.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Up to 24 percent of adults under 70 in the United States suffer from some form of hearing loss that was caused by noise. You might notice you don't hear as well as you used to when you approach middle age; however, you may have begun to suffer from noise-related hearing damage as early as your teens or 20s.

Issues that can arise with blind spot monitors

In a city like New York, drivers need to be on constant alert from every angle of their car to avoid any traffic accidents. Unfortunately, some cars contain massive interior blind spots that could leave drivers vulnerable if a nearby vehicle is within the area the spot covers up.

Thankfully, vehicle companies have been installing most of their newer cars with blind spot monitors that alert drivers when a vehicle is in the blind spot. It has proven successful to minimize many car accidents within the last couple of years. However, the installation still has a few problems that can come with it. New York drivers should be aware of the various complications that appear when they equip this safety device.

What are the requirements for school bus drivers?

The most vulnerable passengers on New York roadways are children. This makes it especially important that the driver of a school bus has the proper training and abilities to drive a vehicle of this size and transport such important passengers. If you want to become a school bus driver in the state, there are very specific criteria you must meet before you ever hit the road.

The NYC Department of Education explains that school bus drivers must meet some basic requirements that include providing proof of the legal right to work in the country and possessing a commercial driver's license in the state. You also will need letters of recommendation. In addition, you must pass a criminal background check and a drug test. You need to provide your driving record, along with a certificate that you have completed the required training. Once you are hired, you will have to complete continuing education to maintain your certification. You also must complete and provide proof of a defensive driving course.

Subtle methods to help your teen drive safely

As a parent in New York, it can be terrifying once your teenager is ready to drive on the streets by themselves. Even though the state has made more enforcements on distracted and drunk driving within the last decade, you still do not have full control over what your child does behind the wheel in this heavy traffic city.

The direct approach does not always work when it comes to teaching your child motor vehicle safety, so you may need to take more subtle actions to influence them into becoming a more careful driver.

Hours-of-service requirements for truck drivers

Traveling on New York's roads for long, uninterrupted periods of time can make almost anyone feel fatigued. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver given the impact that drowsiness can have on one's reaction times while behind the wheel. Those whose jobs require them to drive for extended lengths (such as truck drivers) are encouraged to not push themselves to becoming physically exhausted on the road, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that fatigue is cited as a cause in 13 percent of commercial vehicle accidents. 

Refraining from driving can be difficult for truck drivers due to the fact that they are typically only paid when they are driving. Thus, federal laws have been established to govern the hours of service truckers can work. Working hours must be recorded by drivers so that such records can referenced if questions about compliance to these laws arises. 

Why is the drug valsartan being recalled?

As the Food and Drug Administration continues its investigation into a popular medication called valsartan, doctors in New York and other cities are concerned about getting the word out to patients that the drug has been recalled. Doctors prescribed the drug to an estimated 3 million hypertension patients throughout the country, Newsday reports, who may have a supply that doesn't expire for several months still.

Another issue that may hamper the process of notification is the inability of unsophisticated software to search medical records by patient name, condition or medication brand and production data. Adding to these issues is the concern that tainted medications may have been on the market since 2012 and the contamination was uncovered just recently.


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