November 2017 Archives

Mitsubishi recalls 84,000 Mirage sedans to fix airbag fault

New York residents that drive Mitsubishi Mirage sedans may soon be receiving recall notices. The Japanese car manufacturer is recalling about 84,000 compact cars because of a potentially deadly flaw in their airbag control systems. Mitsubishi announced the recall on Nov. 17, saying that the dealers will begin rectifying the problem at no charge. Work can commence almost immediately because the repair involves reprogramming computers, and no special parts are required.

Why do construction site accidents happen?

When New York construction workers report for work, they know they will be facing a myriad of risks and threats to their personal safety. Construction work is fraught with risks and dangers, yet that does not mean that these men and women must needlessly expose themselves to unnecessary ones. With planning, enforcement of safety training and other measures, employers can ensure that workers are as safe as possible on construction sites.

ADHD could increase the odds of an accident

According to a study that has been published in JAMA Pediatrics, a young driver who has ADHD is 36 percent more likely to get into an accident. Other studies have also found a potential link between ADHD and an increased likelihood of getting into an accident. However, past research was considered limited in its scope. The new study reviewed the medical records of 18,500 people, and roughly 2,500 of those individuals had ADHD.

Slippery floors persist as danger to workers and customers

Entries, sidewalks and parking lots throughout New York represent common sources of falls among employees and visitors to a property. A slip-and-fall survey conducted by a risk management company evaluated flooring at numerous locations across a seven-year period. Half of the floors tested did not reach the minimum dynamic coefficient of friction of 0.42 as set by the American National Standards Institute. To prevent falls, the risk management company recommended four best practices.

Disability following car accidents not always apparent

If you were driving to work in New York and a drunk driver veered across the center line of traffic, smashed into your car and caused you to suffer injuries, including broken bones, lacerations and contusions, anyone who would see you in the near aftermath of the accident would immediately notice your injuries. However, not all car accident injuries are so immediately apparent. If you were to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, for instance, many people may cross your path without realizing you were a recovering accident victim.

Drowsy driving common to night shift workers, study says

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a study to better understand the link between night shift workers and drowsy driving, the results of which should interest workers in New York. Shift work disrupts the ordinary sleep-wake cycle, which can lead to high blood pressure and a higher risk for conditions like heart disease. It also leaves many feeling drowsy during their daytime commute.

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