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Tappan Zee Bridge crane accident under investigation by OSHA

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Construction workers are in one of the most dangerous fields in the country. This was recently highlighted with the Tappan Zee Bridge crane collapse. Currently, the state Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal organization, are investigating. Government officials are taking the accident seriously. In fact, a publication by Insurance Journal discussing the accident quotes Gov. Andrew Cuomo, noting that he was pushing for answers and encouraging “agencies to accelerate and expedite the investigation because we want to know what [the cause of the accident] was.”  Construction in New York: Tappan Zee Bridge not the first […]

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Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Re-opens for New Claims

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) re-opened yesterday and is accepting new claims after a seven month hiatus. The temporary closure for new claims was necessary to comply with the new James Zadroga Reauthorization Act passed last December. The Fund is now up and running at full speed. All those with new 9/11 illnesses diagnosed since last December, or those who did not complete there claim application prior to December last year, can now file claims through a  9/11 Victim Fund attorney or directly through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund website. There are several important things you should know about […]

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Mattress recycler cited for potential workplace injuries hazards

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Employers in all industries in New York are responsible for maintaining workplace environments that will not jeopardize the health and safety of employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration may inspect any company at any time, and if noncompliance with the agency’s safety regulations are found, the business will be penalized. Follow-up visits by OSHA may follow, and if previous safety hazards have not been rectified, the company could be placed on the severe violators list in an effort to prevent workplace injuries. Sadly, many companies fall into this category, and these employers fail to stop and think about the employees who […]

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Construction companies can be held liable for worker deaths

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Claiming the company is innocent, Harco Construction intends to fight a judicial order to fund worker safety public service announcements. The company was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter as well as criminally negligent homicide in the 2015 death of construction worker Carlos Moncayo. The company’s attorney states that they plan to appeal the verdict. This case is just one example of the negligence and disregard for worker safety that typifies many construction companies. If you are injured or you lose a family member in a construction accident, you will likely have to fight the negligent party aggressively to get justice. Why […]

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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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Construction workers’ accidents lead to criminal charges

Monday, June 20, 2016

The owner of a New York construction contracting company faces severe punishment after being indicted on multiple charges including second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. These charges are related to construction workers’ accidents and violations of unemployment and workers’ compensation laws. It was reported that he may be facing as many as 15 years behind bars. The shocking disregard of workers’ safety by this company owner is unacceptable. The charges relate to the death of an employee in April last year. The employee was working at the sixth floor level of a building where he was smoothing concrete. Unfortunately, he was not […]

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Finding a doctor after a work injury can be challenging

Friday, June 17, 2016

Under New York workers’ compensation law, injured workers are supposed to be able to choose their doctor if the doctor has the right Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) credentials and takes workers’ comp insurance. This is not always as straightforward as it sounds, however. Recently, an NBC New York I-Team investigation found that many doctors have stopped accepting workers’ comp insurance. To make the problem worse, the state has not been keeping accurate records on which doctors participate in the program. This puts extra burden on injured workers to find a doctor who will care for them after a work injury. The investigation […]

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