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Number of Construction Fatalities on the Rise Nationwide

According to a study completed by the Ohio Safety and Health Administration, 20.2% of all workplace deaths were due to construction related incidents. Unfortunately, this trend, though lower than in previous years, is on the rise. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction worker fatalities have hit an all-time high since the recession of 2009. These numbers come from 2015 when there were 937 fatal injuries in the construction sector. This sad increase was even worse in New York State. The New York Committee for Occupational Health and Safety (NYCOSH) has found that construction worker deaths are on the rise throughout the state simply because employers are consistently violating safety protocols. Their report, titled Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State, found that within the past two years, there have been 30 construction fatalities in New York City alone. Unfortunately, within the past decade, there have been more than 500 deaths on construction sites. Of these fatalities, 59% were caused by falls. Part of the reasoning for this high percentage was that in 2015, NYCOSH found that 68% of all construction sites failed their inspections. Not to mention that in the same year, 90% of construction sites did not pass inspection by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In particular, non-union sites were deemed especially dangerous to workers. Included in the report is a petition to add 10 bills that will require immediate, updated training for construction workers across the state. They also are requiring the implementation of more extensive guardrail and netting requirements in hopes to potentially curb fatalities caused by falling. There also is also a call for more monitoring of construction sites in order to enforce these safety standards. Jumaane D. Williams, Chair of the Housing and Buildings Committee of New York City explains its importance to Insurance Journal: “There is no other industry where workers die at such an alarming rate without significant preventative recourse. It is the responsibility...

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China’s Cotton Industry Continues to Grow at a Rapid Rate

Feb 01, 17 China’s Cotton Industry Continues to Grow at a Rapid Rate

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Approximately 29 million tons of cotton are produced annually, but the demand for the product in China is now experiencing record highs. In fact, the country’s voracious desire for the fabric is producing its best rally in almost half a year. This year, Chinese consumers have committed to buying approximately five times more American cotton than they did at this same time last year. The price of the commodity is set to reach its largest monthly advance since July 2016. That’s good news for the U.S. agricultural industry. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American cotton growers are expected to ship the most cotton this season since 2013. In addition, purchases in Indonesia and Vietnam are contributing to sales growth. Despite the push in sales, cotton futures in New York are trading steadily at approximately 65% below the 2011 record. This has left cotton prices at an affordable level for consumers. Arlan Suderman, the chief commodity economist for INTL FCStone Financial Inc. in Kansas City, has been keeping track of cotton markets for over 30 years. Suderman explained that at the moment, U.S. cotton is “very competitively priced” in the global marketplace. It’s estimated that consumption will outstrip cotton production by approximately 1.24 million metric tons in 2017. This data comes from Cotlook Ltd., a Birkenhead, England-based research company. The USDA estimates that this high rate of consumption will help reduce approximately 90.6 million bales of global cotton stockpiles. In addition to purchasing cotton from the U.S., China has just merged its state cotton and grain reserves. This merger will create the biggest agricultural product group in China, according to the nation’s state media outlets. The State Council approved the merger between Cotton Reserves Corp. and China Grain Reserves Corp., known as Sinograin, in January. The new company born of the merger will have combined assets adding up to 1.47 trillion yuan, which is approximately $213 billion in U.S. dollars. Demand for cotton just keeps increasing, which may lead U.S. farmers...

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How To Trick People Into Booking a Beach Vacation During the Winter…

Jan 30, 17 How To Trick People Into Booking a Beach Vacation During the Winter…

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Beach vacations are extremely popular, no matter what time of the year it is. More than half — 52% to be exact — of worldwide survey respondents expect to take a vacation to the beach within the next 12 months. And one of the more popular beach destinations in the world has recently upped their advertising strategy in hopes of increasing its amount of yearly beachgoers. According to WMBF News, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) is taking advantage of the East Coast’s freezing winter temperatures to spread awareness about vacationing at the beach. Once the snow melts and the spring and summer finally arrive, people are going to be thinking about the beach a lot more. MBACC hopes that Myrtle Beach will be at the top of everyone’s summer to-visit list. “It does give us more telephone calls coming in, more website visits, more online bookings,” said John Taylor, general manager of Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals. “These things we do see an increase when it does get cold.” The cold months of January and February are actually the two most popular marketing months for the beach because people start not only thinking about their summer vacation ideas, but they actually start planning them. Not only that, but the business association has come up with a clever marketing technique to entice snowbirds to start planning. MBACC uses targeted geo advertisements to show how cold and snowy a certain area of the country is, and then show the warm, sunny shoreline of Myrtle Beach to make people envious of their more comfortable peers. “Have some sort of a warm weather picture for them and that usually gets them ready to make phone calls and check in their vacation times,” Taylor added MCABB usually sees between an 8% and 12% increase in bookings during the winter months, and the chamber is excited about 2017 because of a strong start to the year so far. “Usually if the trend is if you book more, you...

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Americans Are Increasingly Unsafe on the Roads and Drinking and Drowsy Driving is On the Rise

Jan 13, 17 Americans Are Increasingly Unsafe on the Roads and Drinking and Drowsy Driving is On the Rise

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Think driving drunk is the worst thing a driver can do behind the wheel? Think again. A new study has shown that driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a person who drives without an adequate amount of sleep not only puts themselves at risk, but everyone else on the road. The AAA found out that losing one to two hours is enough to double a driver’s crash risk, and losing three hours of sleep can quadruple it. The Richmond Register reports AAA’s findings as, “Drivers missing two to three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.” Drowsy driving is responsible for 20% of all fatal auto accidents on the road. Not only is this number concerning, but it confirms the overall trend that Americans are not practicing safe driving habits. 2016 may turn out to be the worst year on record for drunk driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. On average, 28 people a day died from DUI related accidents nationwide. To put this number into perspective, every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. These numbers are the highest the country has seen in 50 years, and the NHTSA is trying to get to the bottom of this deadly habit. As a way to prevent intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel, NHTSA hopes to implement a new technology that will use sensors to measure a driver’s blood alcohol level before they put their keys into the ignition. Not only will this technology work with cars, but it will be especially beneficial for motorcycle drivers, who are at even higher risk out on the roads. The system is set to be put in place as...

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