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More Women are Dying While Cycling in Cities and Urban Environments

Among urban cycling infrastructure experts, conventional wisdom holds that when more women are biking, a city has built a successful cycling network. In too many American cities, though, a gruesome corollary to this rule is becoming apparent: When a city builds infrastructure that creates the illusion but not the reality of cycling safety, more women will die. Urban cycling has long been mostly a male activity. As Evan Friss writes in a new history of cycling in New York City, the bike messengers who helped define the city’s 1980s streets were virtually all men. Today’s food delivery cyclists are predominantly male....

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$4.9M Awarded to Women Who Allege Sexual Assault by a Massage Therapist

A Yavapai County Superior Court jury awarded $4.9 million to two women who allege they were sexually assaulted during massages at a Sedona spa. The women say they suffered physical, emotional and psychological trauma after receiving massages from Aaron Frank Orrico at Namti Spa in 2016. The 48-year-old former massage therapist has pending criminal charges related to the allegations. One of the women, who lives in Massachusetts and is identified in court documents as "M.N.," said Orrico touched and fondled her genitals during a massage in February 2016. She told him, "no thanks," and she alleges he whispered in her ear, "I hope I didn't offend you." She reported the incident to the spa and to...

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Lawsuit Filed Against Top E-cigarette Maker Juul

An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for over a year sued a leading e-cigarette maker on Friday, accusing it of deliberately marketing to young people and sending the message that vaping is cool. Attorneys filed a lawsuit in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf of 18-year-old Adam Hergenreder, who was hospitalized at the end of August for about a week after complaining of nausea and labored breathing. The 85-page suit argued Juul Labs conveyed in advertisements and through social media campaigns that kids could boost their social status by vaping. It also said Juul never fully disclose their...

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Proposed Hours of Service Rule Changes Aim to Give Truckers Flexibility but Brings Safety Concerns

Truckers across the U.S. were finally able to catch a break earlier this month as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled its proposed changes to the hours of service (HOS) rule. “FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV (commercial motor vehicle) stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility — and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” says FMCSA Administrator Raymond P....

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NYC Public Advocate Calls for Increased Safety Measures For Cyclists

The ever growing popularity of dashboard cameras shows just how dangerous it can be to bike in New York City. After taking a bike ride from Brooklyn and across the Brooklyn bridge Tuesday afternoon, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams held a news conference aimed at raising awareness about the latest tragedy: Sunday’s horrific fatal collision in Brooklyn. It was the 19th cyclist death on city streets this year. "When I look at a problem, I always try to look at it from a position of privilege to less privilege," Williams said. "The fact of the matter is, on the road,...

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NYCOSH Construction Fatality Report, “DEADLY SKYLINE,” Released, Reveals Increasing Trend in New York State Construction Fatalities

A New Report Shows Construction In New York State Remains ‘Highly Dangerous’ Despite Attempts At Improving Safety Construction Fatalities In New York City Decreasing Despite Overall Statewide Increase In Construction-Related Fatalities The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State,” outlining just how dangerous construction remains in New York State. Deemed “highly dangerous,” researchers found increasing trends in New York State construction fatalities and that employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity. The report also found that while New York State is seeing an...

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Travelers Get Green Light From Court to Sue Airport Screeners

A U.S. appeals court has rejected the notion that federal airport screeners are immune from lawsuits filed by aggrieved travelers. In a 9-4 decision, the Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that Transportation Security Officers, given their authority to conduct invasive searches of travelers, are essentially law enforcement officers and as such aren’t covered by the immunity granted to most federal agencies and employees. The ruling overturns a lower court judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Nadine Pellegrino of Florida who claimed her belongings were damaged during a search at Philadelphia International Airport and she was falsely arrested. Writing for the majority,...

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Contigo Recalls 5.7 Million Kids Water Bottles ‘Potential Choking Hazard’

Check your kids' lunchboxes and backpacks. Contigo announced Tuesday that it is recalling the lids on 5.7 million of its Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles because the spouts pose a potential choking hazard. According to the voluntary recall notice posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the bottles were sold at retailers nationwide including Target, Walmart and Costco between April 2018 and June 2019. "Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles, take them away from children and contact Contigo for inspection instructions and a free replacement lid," the recall notice states. There have been no reported injuries, Contigo said in a statement on its website at www.gocontigo.com/recall. However, Contigo...

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Studies Show Tired Employees are the Most Prone to Accidents

What Causes Worker Fatigue? Several factors including too little, poor quality or interrupted sleep over a period of time can cause fatigue. Fatigue is the body's signal that a rest period is needed.  Long work hours and extended and irregular shifts may be stressful physically, mentally and emotionally. The body operates on a circadian rhythm sleep/wake cycle. It is naturally programmed for sleeping during night hours. Demanding work schedules may disrupt the body's natural cycle, leading to increased fatigue, stress and lack of concentration. What are the Effects of Demanding Work Schedules? Long work hours and extended and irregular shifts may lead to fatigue and...

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What Does the Future Hold for NYC’s Vision Zero Plan?

On Tuesday, July 9, more than 1,000 cyclists laid on the ground of Washington Square Park during a “die-in” to protest the dangerous conditions of riding a bicycle on New York City streets. Among the prone protestors, a smattering stood with signs reading names of the 15 cyclists killed in the first seven months of the year. The crowd was mostly quiet, except for a trumpet player and chant of each name. In the weeks since the die-in, there have been more, albeit smaller, vigils. One for Alex Cordero, a 17-year-old bicyclist struck and killed by a tow truck on Staten Island. Just a few...

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