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Category: Construction Workers Accidents

Tappan Zee Bridge crane accident under investigation by OSHA

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Construction workers are in one of the most dangerous fields in the country. This was recently highlighted with the Tappan Zee Bridge crane collapse. Currently, the state Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal organization, are investigating. Government officials are taking the accident seriously. In fact, a publication by Insurance Journal discussing the accident quotes Gov. Andrew Cuomo, noting that he was pushing for answers and encouraging “agencies to accelerate and expedite the investigation because we want to know what [the cause of the accident] was.”  Construction in New York: Tappan Zee Bridge not the first […]

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Construction workers’ accidents lead to criminal charges

Monday, June 20, 2016

The owner of a New York construction contracting company faces severe punishment after being indicted on multiple charges including second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. These charges are related to construction workers’ accidents and violations of unemployment and workers’ compensation laws. It was reported that he may be facing as many as 15 years behind bars. The shocking disregard of workers’ safety by this company owner is unacceptable. The charges relate to the death of an employee in April last year. The employee was working at the sixth floor level of a building where he was smoothing concrete. Unfortunately, he was not […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: 12-foot fall claims man’s life

Monday, June 6, 2016

Too many New York construction workers lose their lives because they were not provided with appropriate protective equipment on the job. Falls from elevated positions form a significant percentage of fatal construction workers’ accidents. It is alarming that many of these deaths were preventable by compliance with prescribed safety regulations. One such accident resulted in the death of a 55-year-old Ronkonkoma man on a recent Tuesday. It was reported that the incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. at an oceanfront construction site in East Hampton. The man was working on the second floor level of the building when he reportedly lost […]

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Construction workers’ accidents may lead to amputations

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Owners of construction companies in New York and elsewhere must ensure workers’ safety at all times. Construction workers are exposed to a myriad of safety hazards on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some employers prioritize profits over safety, and, in many cases, this leads to construction workers’ accidents that can claim lives or cause permanent disabilities. A construction worker in another state is trying to adjust to life with only one leg after he lost the other leg in an on-the-job accident a month ago. He explained that, with the help of a coworker, he was connecting rigging when the incident occurred. […]

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Evacuation of unstable building shows some of the dangers construction workers face

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nine buildings in the Bronx had to be evacuated on April 21 because a building under construction became unstable. The building is on Southern Boulevard near Freeman Street. The MTA suspended train services in the area as well. This situation highlights the dangers of construction work for workers and other people in the affected area. This hazardous, yet necessary, industry causes considerable numbers of injuries every year. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction has a fatality rate that is higher than the national average for all other industries. What happens if a building collapses? An unstable structure is […]

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New York Workers’ Compensation Claims for Construction Site Accidents

Monday, June 15, 2015

An alarming report issued recently by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Price of Life: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC, highlights how dangerous construction sites are for workers. Every day, our law firm files workers’ compensation claims for workers seriously injured on unsafe and unwatched construction sites. It seems that the only time government work safety enforcement officials seem to care is after a worker dies on the job. I think this is disgraceful. New York workers’ deserve better. Some of the disturbing findings in the 2015 report are: Latino workers and other immigrants have the highest rate […]

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