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The most dangerous jobs in the country

The full-time work schedule is one most Americans are familiar with; whether an employee loves or despises the job, it puts food on the table. But what if that job compromises more than a good night's sleep, or a night out on the town? Millions of the nation's workers put their lives on the line daily so they can make a living. It is hard to believe for many, but simply the environments in which these workers are surrounded pose an immediate threat to safety. Like any state, New York sees a prominent number of work-related injuries, and some industries are much more dangerous than others.

TIME released an article last year that covered the nation's most dangerous jobs, quickly identifying logging as having some of the highest numbers of deaths out of all risky occupations. What are other high-ranking dangerous jobs? According to a study used in TIME's article ranging from 1992 to 2014, the following are other industries that see an alarmingly high number of workplace injuries and deaths: 

  • Truck driving
  • Construction
  • Farming 
  • Police officers 
  • Fishers and fishing workers

What are the most common workplace hazards?

Employees and employers in New York both do their best to ensure that their working environments are clean, healthy, and safe. However, every workplace has its hazards. Some may be hiding in plain sight. Knowing how to identify these sources of injury can help you make your work truly safe.

Take One Step has divided workplace hazards into four primary categories. They consist of chemical, biological, ergonomic, and physical hazards. Chemical hazards include any chemical in liquid, solid or gas form that causes harm to human beings. Cleaning products, gasoline, and carbon monoxide are all chemical hazards. Biological hazards encompass all ranges of biological issues like insect bites, bacteria or germs, and bodily fluids. Ergonomic issues involve the impact of your working environment on your body. Examples include poor lighting, frequent lifting, or repetitive movement.

How serious are repetitive stress injuries?

Though workplace injuries are often associated with the severe accidents commonly seen in factory jobs, New York office workers like you aren't exempt. In fact, it's the office worker who often suffers from repetitive stress injuries, which can be quite debilitating.

Medical News Today reports that repetitive stress injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries or RSI, can impact numerous areas of the body. They make it difficult for you to continue working, as they impact your ability to move. Having one overworked group of muscles can also cause you to overcompensate with another group. This leads to more overworking and more pain. Tenderness in certain areas can drive you to avoid using the strained spots, which can have an impact on your job performance.

Drunk driving deaths a continual problem

For several decades now, New York residents have benefited from the knowledge shared with them by advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Organizations like MADD have worked tirelessly to spread the word about just how dangerous it is to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. At the same time, laws have become stronger and penalties harsher for those people who are arrested for and convicted of drunk driving offenses.

Despite this, too many lives continue to be lost at the hands of negligent drunk drivers. In New York, during the five years spanning 2012 to 2016, drunk driving fatalities accounted for upwards of 31 percent of all vehicular fatalities every year. In this time frame, a total of 1,620 people were killed by impaired drivers across the state.

Thrills, chills and action sport accidents

It is a form of exercise, a popular sport and a way of life. It is also a common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Skateboarding has long been a favorite pastime for individuals young and old, but the risks that come with the activity can be devastating. And while helmet use is encouraged in all action sports, it is not always a practiced safety method. New York, like many other states, sees an alarming number of skateboarding accidents each year. Is there a better way to broadcast the importance of skateboarding safety, or will the stubbornness of risk takers allow the TBI trend to continue?

It comes as no surprise that the unpredictable and thrilling sport of skateboarding can result in an injury or two. The New York Times places the blame of skating accidents on thrill seeking, which is not exclusive to a particular age group. Instead, skaters of all ages are often inspired by their extreme sport idols. In a dangerous mix of hubris and overestimated skill, countless skateboarders face concussions, skull fractures and other serious injuries each year. The Times reflects on a study that showed the bleak numbers: from 2000 to 2011, over four million extreme sport injuries occurred. That statistic does not appear to be on the decline anytime soon, either; more than 129,000 reports from that 12-year study involved head and neck injuries.

Medical malpractice lawsuits in New York

Medical malpractice is the worst fear of many, and a nightmare for those who have experienced it. Although human error is a natural part of life, why do so many of those mistakes happen within one of the most widely trusted institutions? There may not be an answer to this complicated question, but some studies show that New York leads the country in medical malpractice suits. It is therefore essential to understand what happens in malpractice lawsuits, the problems that can arise as a result and the ways these errors are addressed.     

One of those malpractice studies found its way into a 2014 article from The Washington Post. The article reveals that, according to government data collected by Diederich Healthcare's Jeremy Gower, awards in malpractice lawsuits paid out in New York amounted to $690 million in 2013. This statistic almost doubled that of the second-highest ranking state of Pennsylvania, where payouts amounted to $357 million. The Post adds that New York also leads the country in per capita payouts, averaging at $39 per resident. The numbers may be overwhelming, but do medical malpractice lawsuits ultimately benefit patients? Despite their complex outcomes, laws surrounding medical malpractice can vary depending on the state and types of insurance companies that reside within.

Are New York buses as safe as we think?

For those living in big cities such as New York, buses are an everyday part of life. City dwellers rely on these modes of transportation for various personal and business reasons, as oftentimes buses are ideal in highly congested areas where traffic creates delays. Unfortunately, these buses sometimes do not operate as planned. One bus accident in Queens last month raised one focal issue: are all bus drivers trained and equipped to take thousands of lives into their own hands each day? 

Daily News highlighted the bus accident in Queens that claimed three lives and left some passengers in critical condition. Reports on the incident show that, shockingly enough, the driver had been speeding and driving recklessly, and also allegedly had a history of drinking and driving. In fact, the driver, Raymond Mong, had faced DUI charges just two years prior to the accident that cost him his bus driving job with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Yet the state was unaware of these occurrences and allowed Mong to operate the bus that plowed through a red light at 60 miles per hour one Monday morning, crashing into an MTA bus. Not only had Mong faced DUI charges in the past, officials also learned that he had a history of driving without insurance, leaving the scene, and other counts.

Should you drive if you have narcolepsy?

You may be one of many people here in New York who don't sleep enough. You may joke that you feel like a narcoleptic because you could pretty much snooze anywhere due to constantly feeling tired. However, this sleep disorder can be incredibly dangerous for those who have it, and for anyone else who happens to be on the road with someone suffering from this condition unchecked.

Approximately 250,000 people here in the United States suffer from a sleep disorder called narcolepsy. Not all people who suffer from this disorder fall asleep without realizing it. Many have their symptoms under control, but when one doesn't take certain precautions, a narcoleptic driver could cause an accident.

Automotive deaths jump 5.6 percent in 2016

For most people in New York, hopping into a car to go to work, to school, to run errands or attend social functions is just a normal part of everyday life. Little thought may actually be given to the fact that every time a person gets in a vehicle, they expose themselves to the risk of a car accident. Even with clear laws and improving technology at work, crashes seem to remain a fact of life. All too often, these crashes claim lives of innocent people.

Last year, more than 37,400 people lost their lives on America's roads in automobile accidents. This number represents a significant jump of more than five and a half percent over the prior year. Perhaps even more startling is the fact that the number of people who died in car crashes in the U.S. in 2016 was higher than it has been in the span of nine years.

Important facts about nursing home rights

Choosing the right nursing home for a loved one generally takes serious time and dedication, depending on the family member's physical and mental needs. When it comes to the right nursing home itself, staff and medical teams are also an absolute must. What happens when a New York nursing home fails to meet these needs? 

The state of New York works to protect individuals from nursing home neglect, especially when that neglect leads to illness, injuries or any other kind of distress. Oftentimes, those who suspect their loved one is not getting the proper care they need may choose to take further legal action. 

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