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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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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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