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In recent months, a series of auto crash tests have been conducted to determine whether safety risks are posed by the Trinity ET-Plus guardrail system. As the New York Times reports, the eighth and last in the series of tests by the guardrail’s manufacturer, Texas-based Trinity Industries, Inc., has raised some eyebrows. During the January …

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Modern pharmaceutical drugs have helped to treat and prevent illnesses that, in the past, may have resulted in tens of thousands of deaths or left patients suffering from debilitating physical or mental health conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also played an important role in ensuring that the drugs prescribed to patients …

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Avoiding potential injury on a New York construction site in the winter means more than adding an extra layer of warm clothing. Construction workers and others who work outdoors over the winter months face specific weather-related hazards that can lead to construction accidents. Here are the top five hazards to consider: 1. Cold Stress Cold …

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New research shows that lack of sleep and poor sleep can cause drivers to fall asleep behind the wheel and get into serious and potentially fatal car accidents. Authors of the study published this month by the online research journal PLOS ONE concluded that 6 to 10 percent of motor vehicle accidents are caused by …

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A newly published study explains that a system of waste removal unique to the brain can be damaged by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and leave the victim more susceptible to degenerative brain disease and premature death. It is well-understood that a serious TBI can eventually lead to degenerative brain disease. But a study in the …

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Some people refuse to leave home on New Year’s Eve because they are concerned that there will be too many drunk drivers and reckless drivers on the roads. Is their concern justified? The answer depends on how you look at it. The National Safety Council’s Safety + Health magazine recently analyzed driving accident statistics for …

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  The holiday season has arrived, and people throughout New York State are putting up decorations. It is crucial that they do so with safety in mind. Holiday decorations can present injury risks – specifically fire and burn injuries. As the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported last December, between 2009 and 2011, fire …

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Does a newly popular alternative to smoking still come with the risk of lung cancer? Even worse, is your co-worker’s use of e-cigarettes – or “vaping” – potentially dangerous to you? Using an e-cigarette is commonly called “vaping” – an activity that has increased so much that it was recently named the Oxford Dictionary’s 2014 …

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It’s not going out on a limb to say that the most dangerous jobs you can work are in the construction industry. This is because there is a plethora of data showing that construction work is the most likely to involve a workplace accident that results in injury or death. The Occupational Safety and Health …

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