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How many workplace accidents are truly “accidental”?

Friday, March 10, 2017

In a recent article, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Administration commented on the fact that any employee injury or death can always be linked back to a decision made by an employer or supervisor to do something or the neglect to do something. He said the recent dramatization of a 2010 oil rig explosion called Deepwater Horizon demonstrates how such tragedies come about. He emphasized that most workplace accidents in New York and elsewhere are not at all accidental, but preventable and predictable incidents. Eleven rig workers lost their lives and 17 more suffered injuries in that […]

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Workplace injuries from violence at work can be psychological

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More and more incidents of workplace violence are reported in New York and other states. Not all victims of such violence suffer physical workplace injuries. Workplace violence can include abuse that employment laws typically cover such as verbal abuse, property damage, spreading rumors and more. However, serious psychological injuries can result from the trauma that follows incidents related to anger such as rape, murder and arson — even for workers who are witnesses rather than victims. Although many such events are unanticipated, some warning signs exist. Employees who disrespect authority and handle criticism poorly, as well as those who hold grudges […]

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Workplace accidents: Food factory grinder mangles worker’s hand

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Workers in food manufacturing plants are typically exposed to amputation hazards. Some employees are fortunate enough to work for employers who prioritize their safety. However, thousands of others must risk potential workplace accidents because of unsafe work environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the compliance with regulations of a Brooklyn manufacturer of hummus and other kosher foods. The New York Fire Department received an emergency call from the factory shortly after midday on a recent Friday. Responders arrived to find an employee with a severely injured hand, and they rushed him to a hospital. Reportedly, the worker […]

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Workplace accidents causing amputations mostly avoidable

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Negligent business owners often expose industrial employees in New York and other states to amputation hazards. Too many workplace accidents are caused by non-compliance with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency recently reported the outcome of an investigation that followed an avoidable incident in another state that almost caused one employee to lose an arm. OSHA says the accident took place in Sept. at one of the facilities of an international food and beverage manufacturer. The agency issued citations for serious violations because this was the second similar incident within six weeks. Reportedly, a 56-year-old […]

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Workplace accidents: Wood chipper kills untrained worker

Monday, March 6, 2017

Employees of tree trimming companies face multiple hazards on a daily basis. It is not only the exposure to fall hazards when working at heights that threaten their safety, but also equipment such as chain saws and wood chippers typically used in this industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says, of all the equipment used by tree workers, wood chippers are the most dangerous and are responsible for many workplace accidents. In fact, the reported amputations resulting from wood chipper injuries are now six times more than those recorded five years ago. OSHA recently cited a New York tree service company […]

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Construction Workers’ Accidents: Fatal fall claims life of NY man

Monday, March 6, 2017

Too many families lose loved ones on construction sites. While the importance of fall protection is a much-discussed subject, construction workers’ accidentsinvolving fatal falls continue to occur. A 44-year-old New York man died when he fell while working on the roof of a building under construction in a neighboring state only a few days before Thanksgiving. The project is under the management of a nonprofit organization, and the deceased man was an employee of a heating and cooling company. Authorities say the worker was on the roof, busy with the installation of the air conditioning system’s vibration mats. Under the circumstances […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Fall causes head injuries

Monday, March 6, 2017

Fall accidents on construction sites in New York are common occurrences. Many such construction workers’ accidents cause death or traumatic injuries. Unfortunately, most falls are preventable if employers would comply with federal safety regulations. An unsafe work environment might have caused the fall that led to the critical injuries that a 39-year-old worker suffered in a neighboring state on a recent Wednesday afternoon. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s safety regulations prescribe that all construction workers who work at levels higher than three feet must wear fall protection to arrest falls. Furthermore, floor openings must be covered to prevent accidental falls on […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: 1 dead, 4 injured in fall

Friday, March 3, 2017

Falls cause a significant number of workers’ deaths in New York and elsewhere. Many of these fatalities follow noncompliance of safety regulations that lead to construction workers’ accidents. A recent incident in Kingsbury caused the death of one construction worker and the hospitalization of four more. Emergency workers rushed to a Washington County bridge after receiving a 911 call reporting an emergency involving several employees. Reportedly, five DOT employees fell into the Champlain Canal from a work platform. Unconfirmed speculations say a cable that held the platform snapped at about 11.30 a.m. Emergency workers from several surrounding areas arrived at the […]

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Workplace accidents: New York father crushed to death at work

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A New York man — said to have been a wonderful husband, father, son and brother — recently lost his life after suffering fatal on-the-job injuries. Workplace accidents that cause severe injuries or deaths are typically investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Investigators are usually initially focused on the employer’s compliance with federal safety regulations. Reportedly, this accident occurred on a recent Tuesday morning at a manufacturing plant that makes metal structures. An investigator said several workers were inside a large metal structure that was positioned on the forks of a lift truck. The structure and the workers […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Another death causes concern

Monday, February 27, 2017

Building authorities in New York recently expressed their concern about the number of fatalities in the construction industry. The City Council said construction workers’ accidents on New York building sites caused the deaths of 11 people last year. A call was made for harsher enforcement of compliance with safety standards after yet another life was recently lost on a construction site. A stop work order was issued immediately following the fatal incident that claimed the life of a 43-year-old worker from the Bronx who died at a site where a Brooklyn hotel is under construction. Not many details about the circumstances under […]

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