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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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Safety is in your hands

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The bones, muscles and nerves working together to move your hands are nothing short of miraculous. The dexterity and ability to manipulate your fingers and thumbs sets humans apart from all other animals. Your hands allow you to operate heavy machinery at work, then go home to tuck your children into bed or tenderly hold the hand of someone you love. To lose the use of your hands would be a devastating blow. On average, doctors in emergency rooms in New York and across the country treat 16 million hand injuries each year. About 75 percent of all disabling work […]

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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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The threat of workplace accidents involving robots

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Workers nationwide, including in New York, may be concerned about the possibility that robots may replace them sometime in the future. Industrial workers who are already sharing their work environments with robots might have additional concerns. A recent lawsuit shows the potential of robots killing human colleagues in workplace accidents to be real. The husband of a maintenance technician who was killed by a robot in another state in July 2015 filed a wrongful death claim earlier this month. The woman was a maintenance technician on an assembly line at an auto parts manufacturer. Reports indicate that safety doors separate six isolated […]

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Heavy machinery can lead to workplace accidents

Monday, March 27, 2017

Employees who work in New York factories face workplace hazards every day. The heavy machinery used in these environments are often the cause. Sometimes these workplace accidents are trivial, but other times they can lead to severe injuries. A factory worker in a neighboring state was recently the victim of one such accident that left him in serious condition. According to news reports, the accident occurred at a bed factory in New Jersey. The victim was working to move a large pile of steel from a crane to another location. In the process, the approximately 3,500 pounds of steel shifted, which caused […]

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Employees have right to work without fear of workplace accidents

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Broken bones, cuts, bruises and even death all occur within the workplace. The average New York resident goes to work each day expecting to return home after earning that day’s wages. While there, the worker does not usually expect to fall victim to one of the many workplace accidents that occur every year. Workers in the state of New York have the right to work in a safe environment. If conditions appear to be unsafe but do not appear to present an immediate threat, the worker should notify the employer in written form. Then, if the employer fails to address the issue, […]

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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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Workplace accidents: construction worker killed on the job

Monday, March 20, 2017

Working construction in New York can be a dangerous profession in spite of all the safety precautions most companies implement. Whether the result of a fall, faulty equipment or simply human error, workplace accidents can cause serious injuries or even lead to fatalities. This proved true for one construction worker who was recently killed on the job while working at a high school. According to reports, the construction company was at the high school campus to conduct some external repairs. The primary focus of these repairs was the installation of brick cladding to the exterior of the building. The company indicated that […]

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Serious workplace accidents can cause fatalities

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New York residents employed in manufacturing positions likely know that the industry can be a dangerous place to work. Even with the numerous safety regulations enforced in the majority of businesses, workplace accidents still occur often. Unfortunately, these accidents can sometimes lead to fatalities. A recent accident at a packaging facility caused the deaths of three employees and injured several others. The accident at the packaging plant occurred on Feb. 8, 2017 and resulted in an explosion. While investigators originally believed the explosion could have been caused by a fire, further review indicated that it was not. Reports note that the automatic valve […]

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Workplace injuries: What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

Monday, March 13, 2017

New York employees who work in production lines in the manufacturing industry may be at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This is one of many workplace injuries that can develop over time, and it could be very painful. Workers at chicken processing plants are often victims of this injury that can be debilitating if left untreated. The carpal tunnel protects the primary nerve that goes into the hand, along with the nine tendons required to bend fingers. Lubricating sheaths encase the tendons, and excessive repetition of hand movements can cause the lubrication system to malfunction. This can lead to friction in […]

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