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Category: Workplace Accidents

Fatal workplace accidents: Worker crushed by falling dumpster

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Losing a loved one who leaves for work in the morning and never returns is naturally an indescribable experience. Not only will the surviving family have to cope without that person’s love and guidance, but the financial consequences of losing that person’s income may be severe — particularly if the deceased worker was the primary breadwinner. Workplace accidents in New York are never anticipated and always tragic. One family of DeWitt suffered such a loss after an incident on a recent Wednesday morning. A police report states that a dumpster crushed the man. Under yet undetermined circumstances, the dumpster reportedly […]

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Report looks at common causes of workplace injury with eye toward mitigation

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Most people are pretty well aware of the risks they face in their own work on a daily basis. Have you ever wondered, though, about workplace accidents in general? How do people get injured on the job? A recent report by the Travelers Companies Inc. looked at the most common causes of workplace injury and accidents between 2010 and 2014. The results were obtained by looking at records of 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims in a variety of industries and business sizes. What was found was that materials handling caused the majority of injuries and accidents, accounting for 32 percent of workers’ […]

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Many construction accidents in New York tragically avoidable

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Everybody faces certain risks on the job. Risks vary by type and degree, of course, but all work involves some risk of harm. The construction industry is one we naturally think of as being among the more dangerous industries, and there is certainly good reason for this. New York sees its fair share of construction accidents. In recent years, with the increase in real estate activity, there has been a corresponding increase in construction accidents. In 2015, a total of 12 workers died on construction sites in New York, an increase from eight in 2014. A great many more injuries occurred, though. […]

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Disregard of safety regulations may lead to workplace accidents

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Construction workers in New York are likely aware of the dangers they are exposed to on a daily basis. While company owners are expected to maintain safety standards as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it is not uncommon for employers to disregard regulations. This failure often leads to workplace accidents with severe injuries or even fatalities. The family of a Staten Island construction worker has to adjust to life without him after a construction accident that occurred on a recent Friday morning claimed his life. It was reported that a four-man contractor’s crew was demolishing unused premises on the […]

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Deck the halls and check the falls this holiday season

Friday, November 21, 2014

A friend likes to tell the story of taking a shuttle to La Guardia one wintry morning maybe 20 years ago. It was a van, and it was packed. She was crushed against the window, with a complete stranger almost in her lap. What do you do in those situations? You stare out the window. The stranger broke the silence. “Lord have mercy,” he said, “people are stupid.” Sure enough, in the car next to the van was a woman, riding in the passenger seat, holding a baby in her lap with one hand and a lit cigarette in the […]

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New York at the holidays should be magic, not tragic

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

There are few things more disconcerting than wandering into a drugstore the day after Halloween and discovering that Christmas is already here. Retailers used to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up the garlands, lay out the crèches and pipe in as many different versions of “Sleigh Ride” as there are. Not anymore. Even Lord & Taylor jumps the gun by unveiling its Fifth Avenue holiday display in mid-November. At least the Rockefeller Center tree won’t be lit until the first week of December. This is the season that finds handypeople climbing up ladders to put up holiday […]

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