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Category: Workplace Accidents

How many workplace accidents are truly “accidental”?

Friday, March 10, 2017

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. Eleven rig workers lost their lives and 17 more suffered injuries in that […]

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Workplace accidents: Food factory grinder mangles worker’s hand

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Workers in food manufacturing plants are typically exposed to amputation hazards. Some employees are fortunate enough to work for employers who prioritize their safety. However, thousands of others must risk potential workplace accidents because of unsafe work environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the compliance with regulations of a Brooklyn manufacturer of hummus and other kosher foods. The New York Fire Department received an emergency call from the factory shortly after midday on a recent Friday. Responders arrived to find an employee with a severely injured hand, and they rushed him to a hospital. Reportedly, the worker […]

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Workplace accidents causing amputations mostly avoidable

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Negligent business owners often expose industrial employees in New York and other states to amputation hazards. Too many workplace accidents are caused by non-compliance with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency recently reported the outcome of an investigation that followed an avoidable incident in another state that almost caused one employee to lose an arm. OSHA says the accident took place in Sept. at one of the facilities of an international food and beverage manufacturer. The agency issued citations for serious violations because this was the second similar incident within six weeks. Reportedly, a 56-year-old […]

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Workplace accidents: Wood chipper kills untrained worker

Monday, March 6, 2017

Employees of tree trimming companies face multiple hazards on a daily basis. It is not only the exposure to fall hazards when working at heights that threaten their safety, but also equipment such as chain saws and wood chippers typically used in this industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says, of all the equipment used by tree workers, wood chippers are the most dangerous and are responsible for many workplace accidents. In fact, the reported amputations resulting from wood chipper injuries are now six times more than those recorded five years ago. OSHA recently cited a New York tree service company […]

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Workplace accidents: New York father crushed to death at work

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A New York man — said to have been a wonderful husband, father, son and brother — recently lost his life after suffering fatal on-the-job injuries. Workplace accidents that cause severe injuries or deaths are typically investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Investigators are usually initially focused on the employer’s compliance with federal safety regulations. Reportedly, this accident occurred on a recent Tuesday morning at a manufacturing plant that makes metal structures. An investigator said several workers were inside a large metal structure that was positioned on the forks of a lift truck. The structure and the workers […]

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Workplace accidents: Architect falls 47 stories to his death

Friday, February 17, 2017

The wife and three children of an architect from a neighboring state have to cope on their own after his fatal fall from a New York high-rise. This was one of many fatal workplace accidents on construction sites this year. An investigation by the Department of Buildings is underway. The architect was the owner of an architectural company that focused on glass installations. Reportedly, he was working on the roof of a 47-story building in Midtown Manhattan when the incident occurred. The man was apparently taking measurements close to the edge of the building — a development of luxury condominiums — when […]

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Workplace accidents: Scaffold collapse kills contract worker

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hazards can exist in all industries nationwide, including in New York — many of them life-threatening. Two serious workplace accidents took place in one county of a neighboring state within four days. In the first incident, an employee of a hotel was injured when his hand got caught in a compactor, and, in the second, a worker died during a scaffolding collapse. The latter accident occurred on a recent Saturday in a warehouse of a beauty supply company. Reportedly, a work crew was dismantling a steel scaffolding structure that was used to give workers access to shelving that had to be disassembled. For […]

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Workplace accidents: Rotating shaft kills maintenance worker

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the outcome of its investigation into the January death of a worker at The Tonawanda Coke Corporation in New York. Investigators determined that, despite prior citations for similar safety violations, the company continued to expose employees to conditions that could lead to fatal workplace accidents. The agency determined that the 60-year-old worker’s death was preventable. Reportedly, the man was doing maintenance on a coal elevator shaft when the incident occurred. The employer apparently failed to turn off the power to the elevator, leaving the shaft turning while the worker had to apply grease […]

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Workplace accidents: New York tree trimmer electrocuted

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Employees of landscaping companies in New York have to face multiple safety hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reminded employers in this industry about the safety regulations with which they must comply. This follows the death of a tree trimmer at a private residence on Long Island. Too many lives are lost in similar workplace accidents. The incident reportedly involved a 39-year-old man who was an employee of a landscaping company. Apparently, he accidentally cut into a power line while trimming a tree. The worker was electrocuted at the work scene. OSHA reminds employers to ensure that only qualified […]

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Sanitation workers at high risk of suffering workplace injuries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The mining industry is known to be extremely dangerous. However, it is reported that the injury risk among sanitation workers is more than double that of miners. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health also says the risk of suffering fatal workplace injuries in this industry is 10 times higher than that of workers in all other industries. NYCOSH released a report about eight cases that involved fatalities, amputations and chemical exposure. While doing the case studies, it was determined that many of these workplace accidents resulted from non-compliance with safety regulations. This underscores the fact that, among sanitation workers, […]

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