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New York company cited for over 48 safety violations

Employees go to work each day with the expectation that their workplace is safe. Unfortunately, that may not always be true.

Earlier this month, a New York company was cited for over 48 workplace violations. The company, which makes plastic balls used for hydraulic fracturing, allowed its employees to work in an environment that may have compromised their health or led to workplace injuries. Not only did employees work in areas without proper ventilation systems, but they also may have been exposed to chemical hazards.

Car accidents can cause severe spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries have become one of the most common types of injuries sustained by drivers in New York and other parts of the country in car accidents. The World Health Organization estimates that anywhere between 250,000 and 500,000 people around the world suffer spinal cord injuries each year from car crashes, falls or acts of violence. Spinal cord injuries can leave victims with an inability to control their sensory or motor functions and use their arms, legs, back and other parts of their bodies. In some cases, they are left paralyzed after auto accidents.

Motor vehicle accident injuries, including those affecting the spinal cord, can lead to other conditions. Many individuals suffering from spinal cord problems also develop deep vein thrombosis, ulcers or urinary tract infections. They may also often have to deal with chronic pain.

Distracted driving car accident rate on the rise

A new traffic investigatory report suggests that distracted driving is a far more serious issue amongst teen drivers than previously thought. Research suggest that distracted driving is a factor in 60 percent of mild to severe car accidents. That percentage is far higher than information from police reports would suggest. The evidence was obtained by analysis of the last 6 seconds of crash footage taken from in car vehicle event recorders.

The most common types of distractions encountered by teen car crashes were interaction with other passengers and cell phone use. Research found that drivers that who were texting, calling or other manipulation of their phones had their eyes away from the road for approximately 4 out of the 6 seconds right before a crash. Rear-end crash data analysis shows that teens using cell phones failed to use their brakes or attempted to veer out of the way more than half the time.

Man killed, woman injured in New York head-on collision

On March 24, a Pennsylvania man was killed in a car crash on Route 62 in Kiantone. The accident happened at approximately 7:45 a.m. just south of Riverside Road, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the driver of a Ford Focus headed south on Route 62 lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, hit a guardrail and entered oncoming northbound traffic lanes. The Ford then stuck a Subaru Legacy head-on. The driver of the Ford, a 57-year-old man from Warren, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Subaru, a 50-year-old woman from Russell, Pennsylvania, suffered injuries to her legs, hand and head. She was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.

New York patients and misdiagnosis

Being diagnosed with an illness like breast cancer can be an emotionally and physically taxing experience for the patient. An error made by the health care professional when evaluating the results of a diagnostic procedure could lead to a patient being misinformed, mistreated and potentially harmed. Findings from a recent study have indicated that this may be relevant to patients who rely on medical professionals to interpret the results of breast cancer biopsies for an accurate diagnosis.

A recent study showed that evaluations of the biopsies were inaccurate as much as 75 percent of the time. Such medical errors may lead to the failure to prescribe an appropriate treatment for the patient's actual condition. With approximately 1.6 million women having breast cancer biopsies performed each year in the United States, many may need to be concerned about the physician's accuracy regarding the results. A misdiagnosis in a woman suffering from breast cancer can have a significant impact on her odds for a successful recovery if she is undertreated.

Alleged drunk driver kills New York hospital employee

A 36-year-old Long Island woman is facing drunk driving charges after she allegedly caused a fatal wrong-way crash on March 13. The accident happened just after midnight, according to Suffolk County police.

Authorities said the woman was traveling north on Route 25A in Smithtown when she veered into oncoming traffic, slamming into a Toyota Camry. The Camry driver, a 59-year-old Island Park man, was rushed to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center where he died. Apparently, the victim was returning home from his job as a supervisor in the radiology unit of the hospital when the crash occurred.

Woman injured when hit by cab in New York

At approximately 5:50 a.m. on Mar. 2, a 42-year-old woman from California was putting her luggage in the trunk of a cab near Times Square when she was struck by another cab. The first cab was being driven by a 61-year-old veteran cab driver and was parked at a red light when the woman began loading her luggage in it. A second cab, driven by a 34-year-old rookie, slammed into her, pinning her between the two vehicles.

The rookie had recently finished his probationary period in 2014 and alleged that he did not see the woman in the dark. He further stated that he braked and thought that he had struck the cab, not the woman. The accident occurred at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Off-duty detective dies in wrong-way collision

On Feb. 27, a New York Police Department detective was killed by a wrong-way driver in Greenburgh. Police say the man was a Detective 1st Grade who was assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau. At the time of the accident, the 46-year-old detective was off-duty.

According to a preliminary investigation, a 2011 Honda Civic was traveling the wrong direction in the southbound lanes when it struck a 2011 Honda Pilot head-on. On the morning of the accident, a report about a wrong-way driver on the Sprain Brook Parkway came in to the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center at 3:52 a.m. At 3:57 a.m., troopers discovered that there had been an auto accident that was caused by the wrong-way driver near Route 100B.

New York man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal 2013 accident

Court officials in New York said that on Feb. 20, a Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a fatal 2013 accident. Representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said that the man, now 48, drove after using drugs, resulting in a collision that killed one person and injured another.

The accident occurred in January 2013 in Sayville. The 48-year-old man was traveling on Montauk Highway when he struck a vehicle carrying two people head-on. That car's 82-year-old driver, a West Islip man, died as a result of the accident. His 79-year-old passenger, an Oakdale woman, suffered serious injuries.

New York bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York had a 58-year-old bus driver arrested under the requirements of administrative code 19-190 on Feb. 13. The city law makes injuring or killing a pedestrian or bicyclist a criminal misdemeanor.

Police said the bus driver was charged in the injury of a 15-year-old girl whose left leg became pinned under his bus when it hit her while she crossed Grand Street in Williamsburg. The bus had been headed south on Union Avenue when it turned left on Grand Street. The girl was struck at that point. Authorities reported that her leg injury was severe when she went to the hospital.

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