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What can you do to drive safely in heavy rain?

When it comes to driving in heavy rain, you know that you will face a variety of challenges. For example, poor visibility can make it difficult to see the road ahead (as well as other vehicles). Furthermore, standing water can lead to hydroplaning, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident.

There are a few key steps you can take to drive more safely in heavy rain, including:

  • Be patient. Even if you are in a hurry to reach your destination, you need to slow down. When you take your time, you'll feel more in control.
  • Use your headlights. Not only does this help you see the road ahead, but it makes it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle.
  • Leave plenty of space. It never makes sense to drive too closely to other vehicles, especially in the rain. You'll need extra reaction time in the event that you need to stop quickly, so be sure to keep your distance.

What types of conditions can cause a slip-and-fall accident?

Employers are expected to take all steps necessary to maintain a safe work environment. This means doing whatever they can to prevent a slip-and-fall accident.

Unfortunately, there are times when floor conditions cause a slip-and-fall accident, thus leading to the injury of a worker or visitor.

Rehabilitation has another meaning when it comes to workers' comp

After suffering an injury at work, you may need some physical rehabilitation in order to continue your recovery. You are more than likely entitled to this form of rehabilitation as part of your workers' compensation benefits.

However, rehabilitation has a second meaning in workers' compensation insurance. It could also mean vocational rehabilitation. If your injuries do not allow you to return to your previous job duties, you may need help in finding other gainful employment. You may also need to learn new skills in order to do so. This is where vocational rehabilitation comes into play.

Manhattan electrician becomes trapped by elevator, dies

An 53-year-old electrician, who had been working in the elevator shaft at a new 52-story high rise in Manhattan on Sunday, July 23, was found dead within it early in the morning the following day. It's believed he died of asphyxiation as he attempted to escape the elevator shaft once power had been cut off to it, trapping him inside.

The Jamaican native and United States Army veteran had been working on the elevator on the building's fifth floor on behalf of Patriot Electric when the electricity was cut to the elevator. Evidence found at the scene shows the man tried to crawl out of the shaft through an opening in it; however, it appears he soon became trapped between the car and the shaft.

When a workplace accident costs you a limb

In an instant, your life changed. While it is impossible to go back in time and prevent an accident, it is important to consider the future and take steps to protect your interests.

Whether it was a penetrating wound, a crushing injury or a devastating encounter with machinery, you are now facing the amputation of a limb. The loss of an arm, hand or leg can be difficult to overcome, and recovery from such an injury is as much in the mind as it is in the body. Knowing what to expect may help you cope.

What do workers' compensation benefits cover?

When injured at work, it is extremely important to receive quality medical care and financial benefits in order to fully recover and eventually return to work. While you may know that you have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits, it is in your best interests to know your rights, as well as the benefits you may expect to receive.

Every workers' compensation claim is different, and what you may be able to obtain depends largely on your individual case and the nature of your injury. Before you even initiate the claims process, you will find it beneficial to seek a complete explanation of your rights as an injured New York employee and of your potential benefits.

Your definition of disability may be different from the SSA's

If you are unable to hold gainful employment due to a serious illness or injury, you know how frustrating and frightening it can be to find yourself unable to provide for your New York family. Fortunately, disabled individuals may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, but actually obtaining these benefits can be complicated.

In order to obtain Social Security disability benefits, you must prove to the SSA that you are genuinely disabled. This seems simple enough, but your definition of disability may be quite different from the definition held by the SSA. Navigating the claims process can be daunting, but you do not have to do it alone.

What to do if your workplace is unsafe

It is your right as an employee to have a safe environment in which to work. If you suspect that your workplace is unsafe and poses a dangerous risk to yourself or one of your colleagues, it is important to inquire more and potentially take action.

This blog focuses on how you will know whether your workplace is safe according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and what steps you can take under the law if you believe that your workplace is not safe.

A manual distraction when driving: A dangerous combination

As a driver, you must fully understand the importance of keeping your attention on the road and surrounding vehicles at all times. It only takes one distraction, no matter how small it may be, to cause serious trouble.

Although there is more than one type of distracted driving, here's something to remember: A manual distraction can be the most dangerous, as it involves all three types of distracted driving (cognitive, visual and manual).

Building collapses often cause serious injury, death

In New York City, you can't go hardly anywhere without seeing a construction zone. While employees and employers do whatever it takes to maintain safe working conditions, there are times when accidents occur.

A building collapse is one of the most serious types of construction accidents, as this can injure or kill more than one person in an instant.

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