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Category: Construction Workers Accidents

Construction workers’ accidents: Crane drops load onto 3 workers

Friday, June 30, 2017

A spokesperson for the New York Fire Department says it was the commitment and training of firefighters that made a recent rescue operation successful. FDNY is frequently called when employee lives are on the line in construction workers’ accidents. This was also the case on a recent Tuesday afternoon when three members of a construction crew became trapped under thousands of pounds of rubble on a building site. The incident occurred at the site of a residential renovation in the northwestern corner of the New York borough of Queens. Authorities say a crane dropped a massive load of construction material on […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: 3 injured in building collapse

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Those who work in construction in New York are likely aware of the potential dangers they face while they complete their job responsibilities. While added safety precautions can prevent some construction workers’ accidents, they can still occur. Unfortunately, three workers were recently injured when part of the building they were working on collapsed. The incident happened one afternoon on a day in June. The construction project reportedly involved adding a third-story to a two-story structure. Unfortunately, the upper portion of the structure is said to have collapsed, trapping three construction workers. One of the workers, a 37-year-old man, was reportedly able […]

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Construction workers’ accidents are often preventable

Friday, June 9, 2017

Employees in the New York construction industry face many safety hazards on site, many of which involve working at heights. Safety authorities say the confidence of some experienced workers who are comfortable with working at heights cause disregard of safety precautions. However, supervisors must ensure compliance with safety regulations to prevent construction workers’ accidents that often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to provide fall protection for any employees working at levels of six feet or higher. The protection options include fall harnesses worn by workers and harnesses attached to a secure anchor to […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Collapsing excavation kills 1

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Excavations are some of the most dangerous areas on work sites, and if they are not adequately supported or shored, the walls may collapse. Every construction company owner knows this along with the mandated safety precautions that must be in place to prevent construction workers’ accidents. However, families in New York continue to lose loved ones in collapsing trenches or other excavations. A recent collapse claimed the life of a 59-year-old worker at a work site on Long Island. Reportedly, a crew was working on the installation of a cesspool at a residence when the incident occurred. Reportedly, the man was busy […]

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New law may limit fatal New York construction workers’ accidents

Friday, May 19, 2017

Along with the construction boom in New York came an unacceptable death toll of workers that exceeded 30 over the past two years. Many believe that the majority of these construction workers’ accidents were preventable. In many cases, it is apparent that construction company owners prioritized profits over safety. In the past, the City’s Department of Buildings (responsible for enforcing the building codes) was not obliged to inform the Occupational Safety and Health Department (responsible for enforcing safety regulations on worksites). In a move that might prevent many deaths, the New York Council recently passed several bills aimed at employee safety. One of […]

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Another man injured in 1 of many construction workers’ accidents

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A paramedic with the Schoharie County EMS says they responded to a workplace accident that was reported just after 9:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. This was one of many construction workers’ accidents that have been reported in the state of New York over the last few months. Reportedly, this incident occurred at a road construction site in Otsego County. According to the county sheriff, the work crew was busy with a project involving a ditch and a bridge. As workers were being elevated to work on the underneath part of the bridge structure, the machine that was used to lift them […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Worker pinned under 7-ton hammer

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The high number of construction accidents in New York has been a subject of concern for safety authorities for some months. On a recent Wednesday morning, a construction worker in Queens miraculously escaped death in a construction workers’ accident that involved a 7-ton falling hammer. This man was incredibly lucky to suffer injuries that were not considered a threat to his life.  Reportedly, the incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. at a construction site in Kew Gardens. Under circumstances under investigation, the steel hammer fell on the construction worker’s legs. Responders were initially at a loss to figure out how […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Excavator rollover kills 1

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Working along the busy highways of New York and surrounding states can be extremely hazardous. The risks that construction workers face were underscored in a recent fatal accident in a neighboring state. The death of a 60-year-old construction crew member who was working on an overpass was but one of the many fatalities in construction workers’ accidents that occur nationwide every year. Reportedly, emergency departments received notice of a construction accident shortly before 1 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. State troopers arrived to find an excavator that had tipped over. The operator was apparently ejected from machine’s cab the when the excavator […]

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Construction workers’ accidents continue to claim lives

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New York construction workers risk injuries every day on a worksite. While there are constant additions and changes to the New York skyline, lives continue to be lost in construction workers’ accidents. This problem has now become political. Some believe that the country’s unions are steadily eroding and that the importance of workplace safety is being left behind. When looking at the injury rate for construction workers over four years from 2011 to 2015, there was a 250 percent increase as per reports of the New York Department of Buildings. It was reported that 31 construction workers in the city lost […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Mall roof collapses in New York

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sometimes, workplace accidents occur in which many lives could have been lost, but, miraculously, only minor injuries occur. One would think that such incidents would encourage a business owner to improve the company’s safety protocols. However, after a recent roof collapse in New York, it became known that the out-of-state contractor had a record of four prior safety violations after construction workers’ accidents since 2007. This incident involved work that proceeded without the necessary permit on the roof of a shopping mall. Reportedly, the accident took place on a recent Wednesday, and the fire department called it a major collapse of the […]

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