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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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We Will Never Forget September 11th, 2001

Sunday, September 11, 2016

We continue to fight every day for health care and compensation for 9/11 responders and survivors. Thankfully, the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act was passed last year which guarantees health care and compensation for years to come, especially to those with 9/11 related cancers.

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Workplace injuries: Severe burns caused by scalding hot asphalt

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New York employees in the road construction industry are typically exposed to multiple safety hazards. Those who are the victims of workplace injuries may be unable to return to work for extended periods of time, if at all. Along with the burden of medical expenses, wage loss can cause hardship for any family. Two workers in a neighboring state may be seeking the assistance offered by the workers’ compensation insurance system after suffering burn injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident that reportedly occurred on a recent Tuesday. The men — who are employees of […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Driver guilty of killing 2 men

Monday, August 22, 2016

In May 2014, two men in another state lost their lives when a truck smashed into them in the construction zone where they were working. Fatal construction workers’ accidents in work zones on the nation’s roads are especially tragic because the deceased are often those who are working to improve the quality and safety of streets and highways. New York workers may be interested in the outcome of a criminal case that followed the death of the two employees. Court documents indicate that the two workers, ages 24 and 49, were just finishing their work shift and removing barriers at […]

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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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