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New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state. In 2017, the most recent...

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App Alerts Consumers to Dangerous Products

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a recall app that alerts people when a product has been declared defective and recalled. The country’s chief product safety regulator created the app to make recall information more accessible to consumers and. The app is just one part of the CPSC’s efforts to make the recall communication process more modern, and the CPSC is hoping to encourage manufacturers to develop marketing strategies for recalls so consumers will know right away that a product they’ve bought or used is unsafe. With this app, the CPSC is hoping that consumers will be more likely to...

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Man Decapitated Falling Onto Manhattan Subway tracks While Walking Between Cars

A man fell to the the tracks at a Manhattan subway stop and was struck and killed after trying to walk between the train cars. An unidentified 25-year-old man was hit by a southbound 2 train and pronounced dead at the scene, the New York Daily News reports. The fatal accident happened before 11pm at Chelsea station at 23rd Street and 7th Avenue on Wednesday night. Southbound 1 and 2 trains have been diverted to traveling express due to the disruption from the accident, the New York City Transit Twitter account posted. By Michael Nam [DailyMail]...

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82-Year-Old Man With Dementia In Critical Condition After Wrong-Way Crash On LI

An 82-year-old man with dementia is in critical condition after a wrong-way crash on Long Island. Police said Burgess Moore, of New Britain, Connecticut, was reported missing shortly before the wreck. Investigators say he drove his Subaru Legacy north on the southbound lanes of the Wantagh State Parkway, crashing head-on into a Toyota Rav 4, driven by a 48-year-old man from Long Beach, police said. A Saturn Vue, driven by a 20-year-old Levittown man, then struck the other two vehicles, police said. Moore suffers from dementia, yet he has a valid driver’s license. Experts say it’s not that uncommon. “There’s a provision within the Department...

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Driverless Industry Surges Forward While Hill Hiccups on Regulation

Sen. John Thune was test-driving a car of the future when he ran into a very 20th-century problem: traffic. In 2016, Washington’s local laws forced Thune’s autonomous-capable Chrysler sedan to motor into neighboring Virginia before it could show off the no-hands navigation. That’s where the South Dakota Republican got stuck in a tide of commuters. “Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic jams,” he said. Thune was an early advocate for autonomous vehicles, but his experience among a fleet giving Congress test rides that day is a good example of why Capitol Hill needs to set uniform standards for driverless cars before the technology...

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