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Safety requirements for employers

State and federal laws require employers to provide their employees with a safe place to work. If an employer does not do so, then employees may file a report with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employees may also refuse to work in some cases.

Interstate commerce employers come under OSHA when it comes to establishing safety standards and enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The safety agency's job is to protect employees from:

  • Recognized hazards that can result in someone's death or serious injuries
  • Illnesses due to unsafe health conditions
  • One-time injuries

Watch out for snakes: Bite numbers are rising and here's why

As many as 8,000 people are bitten in the United States each year by venomous snakes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bites are fatal to about five out of those thousands of people.

One epidemiologist said that the number of people bitten each year is rising -- by about 100 to 200 people. She said the reason for this increase is due to global warming, which means that snakes are moving father north. Increased urbanization in areas with forests and creeks mean that snakes and people are coming in contact more frequently.

Family of teen shot by police settles wrongful death suit

The family of Michael Brown has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the officer who shot and killed the teen and the Ferguson police chief.

Michael Brown was killed in an altercation with police in 2014. According to some witnesses, the teen was standing with his hands in the air when the officer shot him. Others say that Brown, 18, attacked the officer in his car and tried to get his duty weapon, leading to the officer shooting the teenager. The community erupted in protests and riots, which also occurred across the nation.

Why motorcyclists are like soldiers in battle

If you've ever been to battle -- in a real combat situation -- you know that that this analogy doesn't come close to being accurate, but perhaps it could serve an important purpose. When you go out on the road on a motorcycle, you need to be as careful and attentive to details as a soldier going into battle.

Like a soldier looking ahead for the risk of a potential ambush on the other side of a mountain pass or in a dense thicket of jungle -- a motorcyclist needs to scan one's terrain for a surprise automobile appearing out of nowhere at an intersection or coming out of a parking lot. You also need to look out for patches of gravel, dirt, ice and puddles in the road ahead -- especially at turns -- so your wheels don't accidentally slip out from under you.

The '100 deadliest days for teen driving'

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, car wrecks involving teenagers are expected to increase by 43 percent, according to the Highway Safety division of AAA. This year, there were 39 million people traveling during the Memorial Day weekend. Out in force that weekend? Teenage drivers -- many who are driving while distracted and inexperienced.

Most teens are out of school for these summer days and their cars are on the road -- full of teenage passengers, cellphones and even alcohol. From 2010 to 2014, over 5,000 lost their lives in car crashes that involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 19, according to AAA. One man said, "People are in a hurry to get [to their destinations]. They're driving crazy, they're on their cell phones, and it's chaos sometimes."

Pit bulls euthanized after attacking 3 adults

The owner of two pit bulls was apologetic when pleading guilty to two charges of dog at large in the Seabrook District Court. "We apologize and we're very, very sorry," the owner of the dogs said. "I hope everything looks good for (the victims) in the future."

The victims, two men and one woman, were attacked about 7:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. The two men suffered bites to their legs and one was bitten on his arm as well. The woman's clothing kept the dogs teeth from breaking her skin.

Health risk associated with lead dust from firearms

Firearms safety is vital for all those who use guns for work or for fun. Many gun users take safety courses, training sessions and gun lessons to learn how to properly operate a firearm. You can practice safety as much as possible, but there is a silent issue out there that can cause health problems. That silent issue surrounds lead dust.

When a gun is fired, the lead core wrapped around the bullet can boil when the gunpowder ignites. Lead particles trail behind the bullet when the gun fires. This can lead to lead particles trailing behind the casing when it snaps out of the ejection port. If you are firing a gun in a poorly ventilated range, the lead can hang around and attach itself to the clothing of those present. It could also be inhaled.

New Hampshire drivers urged to stay safe this Memorial Day

New Hampshire police sent out a reminder to residents of the state -- go ahead and enjoy the weekend and the start of summer, but please drive safely and defensively over the weekend.

More than 34 million Americans are expected to hit the roads and travel 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend just to celebrate with their families and friends.

Cat bites may be more dangerous than you originally thought

When people think of potentially dangerous animal bites, probably very few consider cat bites to have the potential of becoming a problem. In fact, it might be shocking to find out that cat bites have the highest risk of becoming infected than any other type of animal bite.

One reason cat bites can be so harmful has to do with the type of teeth they have. Cat's teeth are very sharp and have a slender profile, features that allow them to not only puncture an individual's skin, but penetrate more deeply as well.

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