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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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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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