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Construction workers’ accidents: Another death causes concern

Monday, February 27, 2017

Building authorities in New York recently expressed their concern about the number of fatalities in the construction industry. The City Council said construction workers’ accidents on New York building sites caused the deaths of 11 people last year. A call was made for harsher enforcement of compliance with safety standards after yet another life was recently lost on a construction site. A stop work order was issued immediately following the fatal incident that claimed the life of a 43-year-old worker from the Bronx who died at a site where a Brooklyn hotel is under construction. Not many details about the circumstances under […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Roofers exposed to fall hazards

Friday, February 24, 2017

A New York roofing company is adamant to fight the findings of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It maintains that no workplace injuries have occurred in the 10 years of its existence. However, OSHA is concerned about the company’s repeated non-compliance with safety regulations. An OSHA spokesperson said safety regulations to prevent construction workers’ accidents are not only necessities but required by law. Inspectors found unprotected workers on slanted residential roofs with ladder access that also did not comply with safety regulations. OSHA says citations were issued to the same company on three previous occasions, dating back to 2011, and the […]

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Serious workplace illness can be caused by exposure to styrene

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene recently underscored the importance of protecting workers against volatile organic compounds such as styrene, which is highly flammable. Exposure to such hazardous substances can cause workplace illness that could be debilitating or even fatal. Styrene is used in the manufacture of multiple products, and employees in some New York factories may not even be aware of the potential dangers. Styrene vapors can be inhaled, and in liquid form, contact with a worker’s skin can result in severe burn injuries. OSHA says styrene exposure can affect the central nervous system […]

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New law to protect public workers from workplace injuries

Monday, February 20, 2017

New York workers in some industries are extremely vulnerable to assault. Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill into law that will see assaults on public workers elevated to felonies from misdemeanors. Previous laws had been enacted to better protect workers such as emergency medical service providers and technicians along with transit workers. Sadly, some public workers to suffer severe workplace injuries at the hands of those they serve. The new legislation followed a report made to State Senator William Larkin about a violent attack on a utility worker. The three categories of workers that will be included in the […]

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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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How are you affected by extended workdays?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Does your employer require you to work extended hours? If so, you might want to learn about some aspects of extended workdays that could cause you harm if left unaddressed. Although it is not an inherently dangerous choice for a company to make, there are risks attached. How does it work? When employers schedule extended workdays, there are no hard and fast rules, but the idea behind it often is to fit the 40 normal hours of a workweek into fewer days. Working shifts of 12 hours or more allows workers more days off work. Benefits: Having consecutive days off work might […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Fatal fall from 42nd floor

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The number of fatalities in the construction industry in New York listed by the city varies from that published by the federal government. Reportedly, the city’s recorded data only includes construction workers’ accidents that occurred due to violations of the construction code of the city. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s records include all construction-related deaths. Going on the numbers reported by OSHA, the death of a worker on a recent Thursday was the seventh fatality on a construction site this year. Reportedly, emergency workers were called to the location of the Flatotel project in Midtown Manhattan shortly after 2 p.m. to […]

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Unguarded lathe spindle causes fatal workplace injuries

Monday, February 13, 2017

Employees of industrial companies in New York are frequently exposed to dangerous moving parts of machines. Even though unguarded equipment is responsible for so many serious and even fatal workplace injuries, employers still allow these hazardous conditions to exist. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes clear guidelines and regulations about the safeguarding of machines, and violations can have devastating consequences. A company in another state was recently cited by OSHA for one serious and one willful violation after the death of a worker. Reportedly, the man was operating a lathe at the premises of a tool and manufacturing company. Because […]

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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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Construction workers’ accidents: Man struck by pavement roller

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Whenever there is activity in road construction zones in New York and other states, lives are put on the line. The dangers posed by the massive machines and equipment must never be underestimated. Owners of construction companies must ensure that operators of equipment are qualified and trained in the operation of the particular machine. Even slight errors can cause devastating construction workers’ accidents. A worker recently suffered critical injuries in an accident that were likely avoidable. A spokesperson for that state’s Department of Transportation reported the incident occurred on a recent Monday afternoon on a section of highway that is being […]

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