October is Long-term Residents’ Rights Month

There are national awareness days and months for just about anything these days, and for good reason. Some things are worth bringing peoples’ attention to. October, for example, is Long-term Residents’ Rights Month. Considering the current state of many nursing homes in New York and across the country right now, it certainly seems an appropriate time to talk about some of the struggles this vulnerable population is facing. According to The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, this year’s theme for Residents’ Rights Month is...

The Risks Motorcyclists Face

Riding a motorcycle provides enjoyment, but it also comes with more than its share of risks. Cars and trucks enjoy the safety of an enclosed structure with seatbelts that can protect them from an accident. While motorcyclists lack that luxury, it doesn’t stop them from enjoying the open road. Some cite the statistics involving a higher number of fatalities for those who operate two-wheel transports. While motorcyclists are fewer in number, deaths are calculated based on miles traveled. While often cited, those tragedies are on the decline....

Scaffolding safety tips

If you suffer a scaffold accident while at work on a construction site, the consequences are likely to be serious. You will need time off work and may be unable to return to the same job. Your injuries could leave you with a life of pain or permanent disability. The medical bills and any assistance you need could be significant. That is the best scenario. Many people die each year due to scaffolding accidents. Injuries can occur for several reasons, including falls, collapsing scaffolds, items being dropped from the platform onto your head...

How defensive driving can keep you safer

When you hear the term defensive driving, what do you imagine? Defensive driving is a simple set of skills focused around the understanding that every driver out there makes mistakes, which means you need to be conscious of the potential dangers. You can use defensive driving to stay safer every time you get behind the wheel of your car.  If you want proof of the effectiveness of defensive driving, consider the fact that many insurance companies offer discounts if you take a recognized defensive driving course. They acknowledge that these...

Motorcycles might be safer than you think

Motorcycle sales have risen this year, perhaps due to COVID and the appeal of hitting the open road. Sitting with other people on a crowded public transport system, such as a bus or a train, is no longer considered safe and people are looking for alternatives. You have probably heard others talk about the dangers of motorcycling. Maybe your mother forbade you from buying one, as she did not want you to “get yourself killed.” The question is, is motorcycling as dangerous as people think? Not according to the statistics. According to The...

How can you reduce the risk of a red-light car crash?

Once upon a time, intersections were a chaos of vehicles fighting for the right to pass. Then someone had the bright idea of installing an electrical box that changed color to indicate whose turn it was to proceed and who must stop. Yet, over 100 years since traffic lights were first invented, some people still struggle to understand them, or simply do not care. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, around two people die every day due to drivers who fail to stop at a red light. While you might think things have improved with...

What are the top safety violations OSHA finds?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government body responsible for ensuring all employees have safe workplaces. It provides training, offers guidance, and carries out checks to ensure employers meet the safety regulations it sets. These are the 10 most common workplace safety violations it found in 2019 and the number of violations for each category noted that year: Fall Protection (6,010): You do not need to be far off the ground to suffer a severe injury from falling. You could fall into a hole in the ground....

Scaffolding, scaffolding everywhere: Why is NYC covered in old scaffolding?

Take a stroll down almost any street in New York City and you’re bound to find one thing: Buildings covered in scaffolding. Scaffolding is supposed to go up when repairs need done on a building and come back down when the work is done. But scaffolding in NYC seems to go up and just sit there -- usually for years. Scaffolding and sidewalk sheds are supposed to protect pedestrians from crumbling facades and work debris, but they can become hazards in their own right -- especially since there are about 300 miles of sidewalk sheds that aren’t...