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How do I protect myself when operating heavy machinery?

Working on a construction site is dangerous, even if you and those around you take every safety precaution possible. Accidents can happen, even at the safest of construction sites. If you work near or operate heavy machinery, you will want to follow the safety tips outlined here to prevent accidents on a construction site in New York.

Prior to operating heavy machinery, make sure the piece of equipment has proper guarding installed. Guarding helps to protect workers on the machine and around the machine from being hit with rotating parts and other dangerous objects. Guards can be light curtains, barrier guards and two-hand devices.

Safety tips for driving near large trucks

Living or working in New York is a thrill that many get to experience during their lifetime. The city has so much to offer people of all ages, but it can also be dangerous, especially when on the roads. Here are some important safety tips for driving near large trucks on the roads of the city.

A large number of streets in New York are narrow. You should be mindful of trucks approaching a street wishing to make a right turn. If you are sitting at the stop light on the street, be sure to leave plenty of room for the truck to make the turn onto your street. Trucks made wide right turns, requiring a turning radius of 55 feet, so position your vehicle appropriately to avoid getting hit.

Were you injured in a pedestrian versus car crash?

Manhattan sidewalks are probably some of the most heavily trafficked pedestrian walkways in the world. With the many vehicles traveling on the roadways beside these sidewalks, they're also very dangerous.

Pedestrians walking on sidewalks are always at risk of getting hit by an out-of-control vehicle. When this happens, the injured pedestrians may have the ability to seek financial compensation in court.

New device may reveal phone use behind the wheel

It is by no means a controversial statement in 2017 to say that texting and driving is dangerous, foolish behavior. There is no shortage of statistical data to confirm this common sense truth, but texting-related car accidents happen every day. The truth is that drivers who look at their phone behind the wheel endanger not only themselves but other drivers as well.

Now, New York police are considering employing a new tool to determine whether a driver in a collision was using their phone near the time of the accident. The device, referred to as a "textalyzer" plugs into a phone and gathers simple data to identify how recently the phone was in use. If law enforcement does choose to move forward with using this tool, it could help create much safer driving conditions by curbing phone usage by drivers.

Inadequate security and premises liability cases

Premises liability cases can involve a host of different things, one of which is inadequate security. Not many people realize that this issue is a common one in the premises liability realm and that it is a serious problem. Property owners are legally required to provide their guests with adequate security.

What it all boils down to is property owners providing their guests with the proper security to keep them safe, even if that means keeping them safe from outside harm caused by outsiders. The various forms of inadequate security include negligent security, lack of security and improper security.

How do I protect myself when working with chemicals?

No matter where you work, or what you do for employment, you can come into contact with chemicals while on the job. If you don't know how to keep yourself safe when working, especially when you work in a job with chemicals, you can suffer serious illness or injury.

Working with chemicals can cause the following issues with your health:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Eye and skin burns
  • Skin rashes
  • Asthma
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Trucking accidents in New York can leave you severely injured

No one wants to get into car accidents (other than maybe stunt drivers). People take great care and effort to avoid situations that could lead to a serious motor vehicle collision.

Unfortunately for many people who drive or ride in paid car services in New York, you can't control what other drivers do on the road. When it comes to commercial truck drivers, a moment of distraction or a simple mistake could prove damaging or even fatal to people driving in smaller vehicles. Roughly three-quarters of all fatalities involving commercial trucks are of people in passenger vehicles, not the trucks themselves.

Dealing with road rage incidents in New York

New York is one of the heaviest populated cities in the country. Of course this means that the roads are clogged with vehicles of all kinds. Not every driver will follow the rules of the road. Nor will they operate their vehicle safely at all times. You are bound to encounter road rage at some point during your time living in New York. Because of this, you should know how to handle such an incident.

All drivers who encounter others with road rage should know how they can defuse the situation. You can start with a friendly wave to the other driver to know everything is fine. You can also mouth that you are sorry if for some reason something you did enraged the other driver. You should also move your vehicle as far away from the road rage driver as you can. If this means you have to pull off the road to a safe place for a couple of minutes, do so. It can only keep you safe.

The importance of the trucking log in New York

Trucks are the backbone of the United States economy. The more trucks you see on the roads of the country, the stronger the economy. There are quite a few rules and regulations truck drivers must follow when operating their rigs, including filling out the truck log. This is a universal requirement for truck drivers across the country, not just in New York.

Chapter 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) regulations require truck drivers to complete log books correctly each time they are on a run with their rig. Even the most minor, honest mistakes in a truck log can lead to an investigation by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Officers from the DOT can visit any trucking company and ask for six months' worth of trucking logs to review to ensure that drivers are complying with federal hours-of-service regulations.

Trenching and excavation – avoiding the dangers

The construction industry is full of dangers, both visible and hidden. Whether it is unsecured electrical lines or a falling object, hazards lurk around every corner. That is why, every time you set foot on a job site, you stay alert and follow all of the required safety procedures.

Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions you take, sometimes it is impossible to avoid an accident while on the job.

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