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August 2015 Archives

What constitutes safe ladder use on construction sites?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls from ladders cause approximately 81 percent of the fall injuries that send construction workers to emergency departments each year. If you are a construction worker in New York, your vulnerability on ladders dictates that this equipment requires special attention from your employer. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed standards specifically governing the use of ladders in the workplace to prevent unsafe working conditions.


James Woo (all identifying information has been changed) worked in a store that sold kitchen supplies and cabinets. His employer paid in both cash and check. James was paid by the week, and was asked to work overtime on many days.

Causes and costs of traumatic brain injuries in New York

A person may a traumatic brain injury because of a blow to the head, or it might be the result of an object penetrating the skull. Sometimes, the damage to the brain occurs when a person comes to an abrupt stop and the brain bounces against the inside of the skull. According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, brain damage can also happen hours or days after the injury because the brain may swell, or oxygen blood flow may be restricted.

Informed consent helps prevent inappropriate medication

The Long Term Care Community Coalition reports that New York laws and regulations specifically require informed consent in nursing homes. We at the Klein Law Group understand that this is one area that can make the difference between life and death for your loved one. If you have power of attorney because your family member is unable to participate in his or her own health care, the facility must have your consent before implementing any treatment plan, including what medications are prescribed and administered.

Truck drivers are at risk for impaired driving due to fatigue

Truck driver fatigue is a topic of continuing concern in New York, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has attempted to address the issue by regulating the number of hours that truck drivers are allowed to work per day. Although the agency can mandate rest times, there is no guarantee that the operators are getting adequate sleep to prevent them from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research co-sponsored a study on the effects of driver fatigue and motor vehicle accidents, and the results indicate the mandated schedules do not prevent impaired driving.


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