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Does your summer vacation include parasailing activities?

Summer vacations are a great time to head to the beaches in Connecticut and elsewhere in New England. Whether it's for a family reunion or simply a gathering of old friends, there are always fun activities going on at the shore.

You may prefer to swim in the ocean, fish off the rocks or simply lie in the sun under your beach umbrella. Beach vacations have something to entertain every member of your family or group of friends. But some beach activities carry a much higher risk than others.

Why teen workers are at special risk in restaurants

Many teens seek summer employment in the restaurant industry. From casual dining chains to high-end restaurants, you'll be seeing more of them taking your orders and busing tables over the next few months. Many you may not see because they are behind the scenes in the kitchen.

Restaurant work can be dangerous for anyone. However, it can be particularly hazardous for inexperienced, part-time employees. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that the majority of work-related injuries among those under 18 occur in the restaurant industry. There are several key reasons for this:

  • Teen employees have less on-the-job experience, so they often don't know how to protect themselves from common restaurant hazards.
  • Teens are more likely to take risks because they don't understand the dangers.
  • If they're only working in a restaurant for the summer and/or part-time, they may not get the amount of safety and other training that full-time workers receive.
  • They may not know their rights. Minors are often prohibited by law from performing certain hazardous tasks. Connecticut also has restrictions on the hours that minors can work in restaurants and at other jobs, both during the school year and during nonschool weeks. Long shifts can increase the chances of mistakes and carelessness that can lead to injuries.

How safe are motorcycles?

To some degree, you decide just how safe you are on your motorcycle. There are steps you can take to increase safety and limit injuries.

Some of these include:

  • Wearing a helmet
  • Following the speed limit
  • Getting proper training
  • Wearing bright colors
  • Not riding at night
  • Never drinking and riding
  • Never driving recklessly or carelessly

Who can be held liable for swimming pool injuries?

As warmer weather returns to Connecticut, many people will be spending time in pools owned and managed by others, whether it's at hotels, apartment buildings, community recreational areas or other people's homes. You can't always be guaranteed that these pools are maintained appropriately or properly supervised.

Unfortunately, too many people -- particularly children -- are severely and even fatally injured in pools every year. Statistics from the federal government show that drowning is the second leading cause of death from unintentional injury for children between 1 and 14. It's the leading cause of injury-related death for kids from 1 to 4 years old.

Read this before taking your kids to a trampoline park

Thinking about bringing your children to a trampoline park? These indoor facilities often have dozens of trampolines, which are all connected together. The result is a huge area where kids can jump and play. They love it, and parents love how it helps them burn off so much energy.

Trampoline parks are fun, but they are dangerous. You need to understand the risks.

How Connecticut motorcyclists can reduce their risk of a crash

The National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) posits that one of the leading reasons that motorcyclists become involved in crashes is because of carelessness. They note that there are certain actions that they can practice when operating their motorcycles on public roads to avoid hurting themselves or others.

Their researchers point out that a motorcyclist shouldn't start riding a high-performance motorcycle until they've used a less robust, "learner" one for at least one year.

Jogging tips when you have to run near cars

Some of the most devastating car accidents are those involving pedestrians. Many of these accidents involve people in crosswalks or getting in and out of cars, but a lot of them also involve runners. Those who jog in the city spend a lot of time in close proximity to vehicles, and there's always an inherent danger there, no matter how experienced they are.

So, if you decide to run near traffic -- or if you have no choice -- here are some safety tips that can help you avoid a serious crash:

The mold in Stamford schools can affect workers' health

Statistics released in late February by the Stamford Public School System shows that 148 employees filed claims for workers' compensation for injuries that they'd suffered from mold exposure during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This accounts for 38 percent of all claims submitted by any city employees. Only 80 of those claims submitted by paraprofessionals and teachers were filed for other types of injuries or illnesses.

When asked to comment on the high number of mold-related claims filed in the district, one of Stamford's Board of Education members questioned what the source of the information was. She noted that, as far as she's aware, there have been only three workers' compensation claims filed by custodians, the actual workers who are responsible for cleaning it up. She notes there have been significantly more filed by the teaching staff.

An elderly man is convicted of killing a young dad in Bridgeport

A 64-year-old Bridgeport man was sentenced on Feb. 19 to three years in Connecticut prison for his role in causing car crash that claimed the life of a 31-year-old father of three. The accident that claimed the young Stamford father's life took place on Father's Day in June 2016.

According to police and court records in the matter, the elderly retired electrician had decided to take his car out for a spin to pick up a pack of cigarettes that fateful evening.

What are the top 3 most dangerous professions in the U.S.?

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that 5,147 workers died in what's been described as accidental workplace deaths in 2017. While this number decreased by 43 people over what it was in 2016, worker fatality rates are significantly higher than they were 10 years ago. While an uptick in drug overdoses has resulted in many of these accidental deaths, some professions are just flat out more dangerous than others.

The three most dangerous jobs that an individual can have include fishing, logging or working as a flight engineer or airplane pilot.

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