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Good news! It is getting safer for NYC school children to walk or ride a bike to school due to The Safe Routes to Schools program. The federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration received $612 million over five fiscal years beginning in 2005 and was…

The tragic fire in the Santa Maria nightclub in Brazil on January 27 is a sober reminder why government regulates commercial establishments and enforces safety regulations. The fire left countless family members and friends to grieve the loss of 234 lives. The investigation is ongoing regarding the cause of the…

Almost 60,000 people a day make trips on the Staten Island Ferry, according to the New York City Department of Transportation. And the number of people taking the Staten Island Ferry and other ferries is rising as traffic snarls and subway accidents increase. However, the ferry accident on Pier 11…

The numbers are not yet out for 2012 construction accidents. However, in 2011, 4,609 workers were killed on the job in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Of 4,114 worker fatalities in private industry that year, almost 18 percent occurred in construction accidents. The leading…

With icy sidewalks and recent snowfalls, it is important for pedestrians to be careful! Slip-and-fall accidents are common, especially during icy weather. According to the National Floor Safety Institute website, falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits. Fractures are the usual injury that results from falls, occurring in 5…

The death of a 19-year-old freshman at Northern Illinois University has led to arrest warrants for 22 students charged with felony and misdemeanor hazing, according to the New York Times. The freshman, one of 19 pledges in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, drank enough to put him almost four times…

Government agencies and anti-drunken driving organizations recognize December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, which is timed for the holiday season to call attention to the risks of driving under influence. The holidays often are a time of increased social drinking. The campaign attempts to raise awareness of the dangers…

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