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Follow these snowy weather driving tips

With the winter months closing in, it won't be long before snow moves into the area on a regular basis. Even if you enjoy this time of the year, you know one thing to be true: it's never easy to drive when the roads are covered with snow.

If you find yourself hitting the road in the snow, here are some tips you can follow to prevent an accident:

What are the most common types of work injuries?

It doesn't matter what type of job you work, there is always a chance that you could be involved in an accident.

It goes without saying that some industries, such as construction, are more dangerous than others. Even so, regardless of your job and responsibilities, you should realize that an accident could happen when you least expect it.

Questions to answer regarding a construction accident

If you work in the construction industry, you are well aware of the dangers that lurk around every corner. This doesn't mean you will be involved in an accident, but you know that this could happen at some point.

As an employee, there are steps you can take to improve your overall level of safety. Just the same, you expect your employer to take all the appropriate steps in protecting you and your coworkers.

Are union jobs really safer? NYC encouraged to track accidents and find out

Thanks to a recovering economy and certain financial incentives, New York is experiencing a tremendous construction boom. Workers are busy and projects are profitable - but the news isn't all good.

In 2015, New York City saw 433 accidents and 471 injuries on construction worksites. Those figures are about double what they were in the previous year, according to the New York Daily News. And with 12 construction fatalities last year - a 50 percent increase over 2014 - safety advocates are looking for ways to make construction sites safer for workers.

The many types of auto accidents

As somebody who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle on a regular basis, you know just how important it is to avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, even if you do your best to avoid an accident, there are other drivers who never think twice about this. Instead, they take risks and make poor decisions on the road. As a result, they put others at risk of being injured.

As a driver, you should understand the many types of auto accidents. In addition to the most basic, when two passenger vehicles crash, consider the following:

Lawsuit seeks to throw out new crane safety regulations

While it seems hard to believe, New York City has actually seen multiple deadly crane accidents in less than a decade. Indeed, the most recent of these accidents took place in February, when a crawler crane collapsed in 40 mile-per-hour winds in Tribeca, causing the death of a pedestrian.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Mayor Bill de Blasio convened a technical group to examine crane safety. Chief among the group's recommendations was to start enforcing a longstanding rule dictating that crawler crane operations in the city must cease when the National Weather Service finds or predicts that wind speeds will reach at least 30 miles-per-hour.

Most common safety hazards on the job

Your job is part of who you are. It pays your bills, funds your children's health and welfare, and gives a sense of pride and achievement. It's a fundamental right that, while you're in the assigned location doing your assigned duties, you will be as safe as can be. This is the case in all injuries, whether you work on the docks, in construction, waiting tables or delivering newspapers.

Workplace injuries in America

Government safety agency OSHA has released an updated list of the ten most common citations that the organization finds in their inspections. Across the country, each year an estimated 3 million are injured on the job with over 4,500 killed in a workplace accident. Injuries caused by falls, machinery, electricity and vehicles lead the list.

Why is New York's Scaffold Law so important?

It seems that every year without fail, construction industry lobbyists and insurers tee up to rail against New York Labor Law 240, also called the Scaffold Law. But amidst calls for it to be repealed, this law has stood strong since 1885.

So what exactly does this law do? And why is it so important for our city's workforce? 

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