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How to keep your kids safe at the mall this holiday season

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year -- but it can be a parent's worst nightmare when they have to bring small children with them to the mall and struggle through the crowds with a toddler or two in tow.

While individual stores and mall management are legally responsible for providing a safe environment for shoppers, there are things that you want to do to help keep your little ones safe:

  • Invest in a stroller to keep your little one in place. If you don't have one, most malls have rentals. Just be careful not to overload the back with packages and cause a tip-over.
  • Be wary of display tables. A lot of them are not as secure as you might think or may be made of disconnected pieces that could fall apart if a child leans on them.
  • Skip the escalator altogether. Escalator accidents are responsible for around 2,000 injuries -- including amputations -- every year. The majority of victims are children under 5 who get off balance due to the movement and fall.
  • Be careful of gaps between the elevator floor and the store floor -- a small child can easily catch a toe in the gap and fall face-forward onto the ground.
  • Watch out for the food court. A spilled drink, some dropped ice or something like ketchup smeared on the floor can cause you or your child to fall -- and it's easy to get hurt on those hard food court floors.
  • Make sure that you pin your cellphone number to your child's pocket if he or she isn't old enough to remember it -- just in case you get separated.
  • If you are separated, immediately let the nearest store personnel know -- stores often have a system to locate lost little ones and no one will blame you for being panicked.

18 construction workers die every week

When you leave for work in the morning, you fully expect to come home that night. You're just watching the clock and counting down the hours until you can return to a warm home, a family and a fulfilling dinner after a good day's work.

Statistics show that, for 18 construction workers who leave home with those same plans every week, none of that comes true. They're killed in a deadly accidents. Their children, spouses, siblings and parents are left to wonder why it happened and if anything could have been done to prevent it.

5 reasons for slip-and-fall accidents

In many ways, slip-and-fall accidents are easy to avoid if the proper steps are taken. At the same time, these accidents remain very common, and part of the reason is simply that people don't always know why they happen or how to prevent them. They don't get as much media attention as other accidents.

With that in mind, here are five common reasons that people find themselves on the way to the emergency room after a slip-and-fall accident.

  1. Flooring is poorly constructed. For instance, the levels are different when changing from one type of flooring to another, creating a small lip that trips people up.
  2. Spills aren't cleaned up quickly. Wet floors, especially wood and tiles floors, are very dangerous. If spills aren't cleaned up, they should at least be marked.
  3. The weather plays a role. For instance, a winter storm covers a New York sidewalk in snow and ice, and the owner makes no effort to remove it in a timely manner.
  4. Visibility is low. Something as simple as walking in a parking lot or an alley can be dangerous if you can't see. Low visibility on stairs is especially hazardous.
  5. Caretakers are neglectful. This doesn't apply to everyone, but it's a huge issue in nursing homes. Falls are common with the elderly, and caretakers must provide proper care and assistance at all times.

OSHA's top violation: Fall protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration checks companies for numerous violations, from exposure to hazardous chemicals to unsafe working conditions and much more.

Over and over, though, OSHA comes up with the same violation at the top of the list. It's simple: Workers don't use proper fall protection gear.

SUV drives through a laundromat in reverse

A white Ford Escape in New York started backing up in the parking lot outside of a laundromat. Rather than stopping in those parking spaces in front of the building, though, it slammed right through the glass window and plowed on inside.

Six people were injured in the event. Police said that a number of them were pinned by the SUV. Three of the injuries are considered to be minor, but emergency crews rushed the other three people to hospitals with serious issues.

Do distracted driving awareness campaigns work?

You've probably read news stories about distracted driving laws. You've likely seen commercials designed to raise awareness of the risks.

What you're wondering is if these measures even work? Don't people already know that texting and driving is dangerous, for example? Is seeing a commercial really going to change their habits? It often feels like they know the risks already; the problem is just that they decide the risks are worth it and text anyway.

The most common injury accident

With Labor Day weekend upon us, it is a good opportunity to revisit the importance of safety on the roads.  The National Safety Council reports that 2.5 million rear end collisions occur each year, making them the most frequent accident on U.S. roads. Damages from fender benders may seem minute, but they are actually quite expensive. Americans typically spend $164 billion every year repairing cars after rear end collisions. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that the cost of treating neck and back injuries from rear-end collisions has grown to $8.5 million per year.

Naturally, you can avoid being hit from behind by paying attention to what’s going on around you. This can be done by adjusting your rear and side mirrors so that you can see hazards (or avoid being one yourself). You should be wary of problems up ahead that could make drivers in front of you stop. Whatever problem is up ahead will be your issue very quickly. 

What constitutes 'excessive force'?

Excessive force is one of those legal terms that is hard to pin down exactly. It is not a measurable number. And how it is determined varies widely from court to court and case to case.

But we recognize it when it happens to us, right?

New Federal regulations are to protect residents of nursing homes


You never want to have to place your loved one in a nursing home, but sometimes you have to. You do your best to make them comfortable and happy. As people age, they are more likely to need care around the clock. A nursing home may be the solution. You worry about your loved one while they are in the care of others.

This year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made several revisions to the federal nursing home regulations.

Long Island Landlord Negligence Lawyers on Fitness for Human Habitation

While a lot of landlords are honest and take their responsibilities seriously, there are others whose only concern is collecting as much money in rent as they can, while spending as little as possible on issues of sanitation and safety. 

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