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Death and Injury From Traffic Crashes Continue to Be Among the Most Serious Public Health Problems

In 1966, traffic crashes resulted in over 50,000 fatalities and the fatality rate was three times as high as it is today. Congress recognized this public health crisis and created the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Bureau. That momentous event was a crossroad in our nation's efforts to address this crisis. If the extraordinary progress in improving highway safety had not been made since that time, over 120,000 people would have died last year and hundreds of thousands more would have suffered traumatic injury. Death and injury from traffic crashes continue to be among the most serious public...

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Skiing and Snowboarding Accidents

Each winter, millions of people hit the slopes on their skis and snowboards in search of excitement and adventure. And although most recreational skiers and snowboarders are aware that these sports can be dangerous, most do not recognize the extent of the inherent dangers involved. Although you take precautions to minimize the chance of being involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, unfortunately you depend on the conduct of others on the slope. The inconsiderate, reckless, and even negligent behavior of other skiers and snowboarders is a major contributor to skiing and snowboarding accidents. However, there are numerous other threats on the...

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With Snowy Roads Just Around the Corner Here are Some Winter Driving Tips

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for travelers. Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. Cold Weather Driving Tips Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.Keep at least half a tank...

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How Airbags Work, And How They Can Fail

Millions of the safety devices have turned deadly. It's been a brutal year for motorists and for an industry safeguard that was, until now, seen as an unmitigated lifesaver. Last spring, several automakers began recalling vehicles because their airbag supplier, Takata Corp., had shipped bags with botched inflators. It turns out the inflators can send shrapnel spewing through a cabin with such force that they leave victims with what police have said look like gunshot and stab wounds. (In one case, cops actually started a homicide investigation.) Global giants like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, and Pontiac were forced to recall 19...

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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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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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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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