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Commercial truck accidents: Is the driver or company liable?

Commercial truck accidents often result in catastrophic consequences. If a large truck crashes into your smaller vehicle, you may sustain a serious injury or even die. The significant weight, massive size and less-than-ideal braking capability of a tractor-trailer increases the risk of injuries and deaths.

The need for proactive safety at construction sites

To effectively reduce workplace accidents, contractors in New York and around the country should be implementing proactive measures such as safety orientation for new employees and drug screening programs. This is one of the conclusions that can be drawn from a report recently published by the industry group known as the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Which is more dangerous: drunk driving or drowsy driving?

Drunk driving gets a lot of attention and for good reason. It is a serious problem on New York roads, including in Ontario County, which ranked higher in DWI fatalities for every 100,000 people than did every county in New York City according to a 2015 news report on Syracuse.com.

NHTSA on the dangers of distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to raise the public's awareness of distracted driving and its dangers. Drivers in New York probably see others behind the wheel who are using their phones, and this is not uncommon. NHTSA estimates that each day, 660,000 drivers do so during the daylight hours. The agency states that distracted driving led to nearly 3,500 deaths and 391,000 cases of injury in 2015.

Software can cut costs and reduce medical errors

Patients in New York may understand the consequences that a medical error can have. A study from the University of Colorado found that data entry errors were made by radiologists in up to 28 percent of ultrasound and DEXA reports. By having computer software enter the data, it could be possible to increase accuracy while saving up to $1 million in costs.

The dangers you face working on or near scaffolding

If you make your living working in construction, building erection, cleaning or another type of industry that requires that you spend time working on scaffolds or temporary work platforms elevated high off the ground, you face unique job-related dangers. Per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, anyone who works on or around scaffolding faces at least some degree of risk, but you, your colleagues and your employer can all make efforts to help protect one another and mitigate that risk.

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