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Safety Tips for Taxi, Uber, and Lyft Drivers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, taxi drivers have the fifth most fatal job in New York and are 20 times more likely to be murdered than other workers. Though these statistics focus on taxi drivers, the safety risks apply to drivers for popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. New York drivers should take these precautions to stay safe on the road:

Know Danger Zones

Get to know the more dangerous locations and times in your city. If possible, avoid driving between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. to avoid robbery, mugging, and other violence. Learn about the most dangerous locations in your area such as streets, neighborhoods, or bars. Never pick up or drop off customers in dark alleys or any other area that makes you feel unsafe.

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How to Prepare for a Worker’s Compensation Independent Medical Exam

If you’ve been seriously injured at work, you may need an independent medical exam (IME) to determine your worker’s compensation benefits. If you have an IME coming up, don’t worry. Here are five ways to prepare:

Talk to your attorney

Your Queens worker’s compensation disability attorney is the most valuable asset you have in navigating your worker’s comp claim. Your lawyer can help you use your independent medical exam to your advantage. He may advise you to emphasize a particular aspect of your injury or give you tips concerning your specific examiner.

Bring a witness

Your attorney may ask you to bring a witness to your IME. A witness can be useful if you have concerns about the fairness of the exam. If you decide to bring a witness, ask a trusted friend or family member to come along to the appointment. You may ask the witness to...

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Safety Tips for Repair and Maintenance Workers

Repair and maintenance jobs are some of the most dangerous jobs in New York. In 2013, nine New York repair and maintenance workers were killed due to workplace injuries. Exercise caution on the job with these safety tips:

Wear Personal Protective Equipment

Every day, repair and maintenance workers deal with many types of equipment that require different PPEs to keep safe. Before working on any machine, make sure you’re wearing the appropriate equipment. If you’re not familiar with a machine or its required PPE, ask your supervisor or refer to the machine manual.

Use Caution When Working from Heights

Falling from heights is the second most common cause of maintenance worker injuries, so be sure to use the right equipment for reaching difficult spots. Use slip-resistant stationary steps, scaffolds, elevating work platforms, or ladders when necessary. Whenever possible, use equipment with guard rails or other fall protection...

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