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Workplace injuries: No more heavy lifting for baggage handlers

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New York Newark International Airport workers will be relieved to learn that they may have safer workplace environments in the future. Reportedly, United Airline has agreed to settle a 2015 lawsuit. As part of the settlement, an ergonomics study will find ways to eliminate musculoskeletal and repetitive motion workplace injuries. The lawsuit brought to light the fact that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation determined that the number of injuries caused by baggage handling from 2011 through 2015 exceeded 620. These occurred when workers had to lift and lower baggage of varying weights onto and off the jet bridges. These […]

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OSHA says employer failed to prevent workplace injuries

Monday, February 6, 2017

While there are certain safety hazards present in most workplaces, every industry has its own unique dangers that need to be addressed. Workers must be trained to identify safety risks, and also the required precautions to avoid workplace injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that the failure to provide this basic training contributed to the cause of severe injuries to two employees of a New York provider and servicing company of fire extinguishers. The investigation was prompted by an accident at the company’s premises in February when two workers were busy filling a gas cylinder with compressed air. It […]

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Exposure to mercury causes workplace illness in New York

Friday, February 3, 2017

A New York company that endeavors to eliminate the threat posed by hazardous waste on the environment has been found to be oblivious to the life-threatening dangers to which its workers are exposed. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was launched after complaints were filed by employees of Environmental Remediation Services. Upon completion of the inquiry, OSHA reported that the employees of the company were exposed to chemicals that could cause workplace illness. OSHA investigators determined that employees were exposed to mercury during operations at an electric power and water plant in New York. While workers were removing […]

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Falling cinderblock causes severe workplace injuries

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Construction workers in New York have to face multiple safety hazards on a daily basis. Almost every aspect of construction work poses dangers that may cause severe workplace injuries or, in some cases, fatalities. Despite the extensive list of safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers continue to allow employees to work without personal protective equipment. After two fatalities in the New York construction industry earlier this year, a worker suffered critical injuries when he was struck on the head by a heavy cinderblock. Reportedly, the incident occurred on a recent Friday afternoon at a construction […]

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That which must save a life can also take a life

Friday, January 13, 2017

If you are a construction worker in New York or Long Island, you may feel comfortable with the fact that your employer provides you with a fall harness whenever you work at a height of over six feet. You also get a lanyard, and the equipment is in good repair — so, you should have no reason to be concerned about your safety. However, you may be at more danger than you realize. Fall protection equipment must stop the fall of a worker before he or she slams into the ground below. However, in a suspended position in the constrictions […]

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The many hazards of working in an auto body repair shop

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of employees in the glass and auto body repair industry face multiple hazards every day. If you work in this industry, your employer must ensure that you receive safety training to prepare you for the dangers you will face on the job, and the precautions that you can take to avoid harm. The hazards typical to this industry include toxic chemicals, dangerous equipment that could cause amputation injuries and more. You could potentially be exposed to any of the following: Repetitive Motion Disorders: These injuries result from constant stress on one part of the body. For example, workers who […]

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9/11 Cancer Eligibility for the Victim Compensation Fund

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

If you were in the 9/11 “crash site area” in lower Manhattan as indicated in the above map during the period of September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, and have been diagnosed by any of the almost 70 covered 9/11 related cancers, you may be eligible for compensation from the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

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Have you suffered the consequences of safety violations at work?

Monday, November 14, 2016

If you are an employee in any of the many industries in New York, you will likely recognize some of the threats that lead to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s list of most commonly cited safety violations. The agency prepares an annual list for publication in October that it bases on its findings in investigations carried out during the fiscal year. OSHA says the 2016 list includes information from almost 32,000 inspections. You may not be aware that the number of workplace fatalities every year exceeds 4,500. Also, occupational injuries total about 3 million per year. This is alarming because […]

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Are union construction jobs safer than nonunion jobs?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This is the question New York lawmakers and labor organizations are asking. As construction accidents increase, people want to know if there is a difference between safety on sites with union labor and those with nonunion labor. Answering this question may help city officials determine where the majority of safety concerns lie. Currently, there are no statistics to show that union jobsites are safer, even though that is a commonly held belief among many people in the construction industry. Why is this a concern now? New York is experiencing a dramatic increase in construction projects. With this increase comes more construction […]

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Construction worker falls 42 stories and dies

Friday, September 16, 2016

A tragic story out of Manhattan this week after a construction worker fell to his death on September 15 highlights the dangers construction workers face every day. This man, Bruno Travalja, was an architect working on the high-rise building. Early reports say that he was taking measurements and may have fallen after standing up. The details of the incident are still under investigation by the police and the New York Department of Buildings. Falls are the most common OSHA violation A 2016 report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) names fall protection as the number one safety violation federal investigators uncover […]

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