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Workplace accidents: Window washer electrocuted in cherry picker

Workers who work at heights face multiple hazards, regardless of their occupations. Those in New York and other states who wash the windows of high-rises put their lives on the line for every job they do. The dangers that window washers face are frequently underscored by tragic workplace accidents like the one that happened on a recent Tuesday morning that claimed the life of a worker in a neighboring state.

Workplace accidents: Meatpackers face amputation risks

New York employees in the poultry processing industry are extremely vulnerable to suffering severe injuries. The National Employment Law Project indicates that workplace accidents in this industry cause amputations to 27 workers every day. Reportedly, these catastrophic injuries occur in processing plants of all sizes, including some of the nation's biggest poultry processors.

The threat of workplace accidents involving robots

Workers nationwide, including in New York, may be concerned about the possibility that robots may replace them sometime in the future. Industrial workers who are already sharing their work environments with robots might have additional concerns. A recent lawsuit shows the potential of robots killing human colleagues in workplace accidents to be real. The husband of a maintenance technician who was killed by a robot in another state in July 2015 filed a wrongful death claim earlier this month.

Heavy machinery can lead to workplace accidents

Employees who work in New York factories face workplace hazards every day. The heavy machinery used in these environments are often the cause. Sometimes these workplace accidents are trivial, but other times they can lead to severe injuries. A factory worker in a neighboring state was recently the victim of one such accident that left him in serious condition.

Employees have right to work without fear of workplace accidents

Broken bones, cuts, bruises and even death all occur within the workplace. The average New York resident goes to work each day expecting to return home after earning that day's wages. While there, the worker does not usually expect to fall victim to one of the many workplace accidents that occur every year.

Workplace accidents: construction worker killed on the job

Working construction in New York can be a dangerous profession in spite of all the safety precautions most companies implement. Whether the result of a fall, faulty equipment or simply human error, workplace accidents can cause serious injuries or even lead to fatalities. This proved true for one construction worker who was recently killed on the job while working at a high school.

Serious workplace accidents can cause fatalities

New York residents employed in manufacturing positions likely know that the industry can be a dangerous place to work. Even with the numerous safety regulations enforced in the majority of businesses, workplace accidents still occur often. Unfortunately, these accidents can sometimes lead to fatalities. A recent accident at a packaging facility caused the deaths of three employees and injured several others.

Workplace accidents: Engulfment by fertilizer kills 1 worker

Loading and unloading of any product can be hazardous. Workers in the agricultural industry in New York and other states may be very aware of engulfment hazards, and many might have lost coworkers in such workplace accidents. Deputies in another state recently reported the death of a worker who was engulfed by granular fertilizer.

How many workplace accidents are truly "accidental"?

In a recent article, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Administration commented on the fact that any employee injury or death can always be linked back to a decision made by an employer or supervisor to do something or the neglect to do something. He said the recent dramatization of a 2010 oil rig explosion called Deepwater Horizon demonstrates how such tragedies come about. He emphasized that most workplace accidents in New York and elsewhere are not at all accidental, but preventable and predictable incidents.

Workplace Accidents: Car smashes into lift truck basket

Workers in the construction industry in New York and other states have to face many known hazards, but from time to time, they come up against unanticipated -- and sometimes life-threatening -- dangers. Unexpected workplace accidents can happen at any time and may cause minor to life-threatening injuries. The Rochester Fire Department recently rushed to an accident in which a car smashed into the basket of a lift truck.

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