Sidewalk sheds (the open scaffolds you walk under) are well on their way to becoming as synonymous with the Big Apple as hot-dog carts and yellow-taxi cabs. With the influx of construction, sidewalk sheds and scaffolding have devoured thousands of New York City streets and have become more than just an eyesore for residents; they’re safety hazards.
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A study conducted by researchers from one of Long Island’s largest health care entities discovered that fewer than 1 in 5 nurses comply with guidelines for standard precautions for infection prevention. The study conducted by researchers from Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems) surveyed 116 ambulatory care nurses to measure self-reported compliance with standard precautions, knowledge of hepatitis C virus and the behavioral factors that influenced their compliance. The inconsistency associated with nurses’ behavior to adhere to standard precautions put them and their patients at risk for acquiring a blood-borne infection.
Young children swallowing lithium batteries has become a dangerous trend in recent months. According to Dr. Kris Jantana, more than 3,500 children, most under the age of 6, were hospitalized last year as a result of swallowing these batteries.
A button battery is a round, coin-sized lithium battery that is commonly used in children’s toys and books, as well as musical greeting cards, keyless entry remotes, wireless game controls, digital scales and thermometers, watches, calculators and flashing jewelry and shoes. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, children under the age of 4 are highest at risk of swallowing button batteries.
Hoverboards have become very popular among the pre-teen and teenage population, and have been given as many holiday gifts this year. However, safety concerns have arisen concerning hoverboards, which require the user to balance as the board moves at a rate of over ten miles per hour. In many instances, users fail to wear helmets. With the rate of how quickly the hoverboards can move, this can create a dangerous situation for the user. 29 emergency room visits related to hoverboard use were reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission since August 2015.
When people go Christmas shopping for the children in their lives, they usually think of which toy the child would most enjoy. However, when choosing a toy, it is important to exercise caution and discretion. According to the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, statistics show that every three minutes a child is treated for a toy related injury nationwide. According to the findings of the research, different types of toys encompass different risks for various age groups.
The holidays are a time for enjoying the festivities with friends and family. Many people are busy shopping, decorating, and completing their holiday tasks. At such a busy time, nothing can ruin the season more than an accident. However, 1.9 million slip and falls occur each holiday season with falls from roofs and ladders being responsible for 56% of injuries.
Deadline Passes to Register Cooling Towers Under New Law Passed After Worst Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in NYC History
This past Thursday, September 17, 2015 marked the deadline for building owners in New York City to register their cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers with the City Department of Buildings. August of this year was marked by the worst outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in New York City history. Twelve people died and more than 100 people got sick. This prompted the City to pass a law requiring the registration of cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled similar statewide regulations requiring building owners to register, test, inspect and disinfect all cooling towers when necessary.
The National Transportation Safety Board reported that its investigation into the accident revealed that the truck driver had not slept in 28 hours and had failed to slow down despite posted warning signs. The board said truck driver could have prevented the crash if he had slowed to 45 mph, the posted speed limit for the construction work zone where the crash occurred. In just 15 weeks working for Wal-Mart, the truck driver had had nine "critical event reports.
Long Island Rail Road officials said they did not set aside enough space to fit federally mandated positive train control (“PTC”) equipment into the railroad's next generation of trains, requiring 256 new trains to be retrofitted at additional cost and delay. PTC is intended to remove the possibility of human error in several potentially deadly situations. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have said PTC could have prevented several fatal accidents, including the May derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia and the December 2013 Metro-North derailment in Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.
New Rule Requiring Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on Heavy Trucks and Large Buses Hopes to Save Lives
The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized its rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses. NHTSA estimates the rule will prevent as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries and 49 fatalities each year. ESC will prevent up to 56 percent of untripped, rollover crashes -- rollover crashes not caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road. ESC works instantly and automatically to maintain directional control in situations where the driver's own steering and braking cannot be accomplished quickly enough to prevent the crash.