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New law may limit fatal New York construction workers’ accidents

Friday, May 19, 2017

Along with the construction boom in New York came an unacceptable death toll of workers that exceeded 30 over the past two years. Many believe that the majority of these construction workers’ accidents were preventable. In many cases, it is apparent that construction company owners prioritized profits over safety. In the past, the City’s Department of Buildings (responsible for enforcing the building codes) was not obliged to inform the Occupational Safety and Health Department (responsible for enforcing safety regulations on worksites). In a move that might prevent many deaths, the New York Council recently passed several bills aimed at employee safety. One of […]

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Workplace accidents: Meatpackers face amputation risks

Friday, May 12, 2017

New York employees in the poultry processing industry are extremely vulnerable to suffering severe injuries. The National Employment Law Project indicates that workplace accidents in this industry cause amputations to 27 workers every day. Reportedly, these catastrophic injuries occur in processing plants of all sizes, including some of the nation’s biggest poultry processors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the chances of poultry plant workers and meatpackers suffering workplace illnesses or injuries are significantly higher than for employees in many other occupations. The poultry industry is number 12 on the list of severe injury reports. The list is topped by the medical industry, […]

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Too many victims of fatal workplace injuries in New York

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Workers across the country, including in New York, stopped to pay tribute to all those who said goodbye to their loved ones and went to work, never to return. Workers Memorial Day took place on April 28. The most recent data on record is that of 2015, which indicates that the number of fatal workplace injuries in that year exceeded 4,800 — 236 of those were from New York. The intention is to maintain awareness of the importance of workplace safety. Although job safety has improved greatly since laws were passed to protect workers over 40 years ago, employee health and safety […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: 1 more worker falls to his death

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Following the death of yet another construction worker, a union leader urged the New York Council to mandate stricter safety training through legislation. He said most fatal construction workers’ accidents are avoidable, and city authorities agreed. According to the union leader, most of the victims of these tragedies are exploited nonunion workers who never received proper training. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, and it is alarming to see how employers disregard safety regulations — even knowing that it may cause fatalities. A 59-year-old worker fell to his death from the second floor of a Times Square construction […]

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Another man injured in 1 of many construction workers’ accidents

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A paramedic with the Schoharie County EMS says they responded to a workplace accident that was reported just after 9:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. This was one of many construction workers’ accidents that have been reported in the state of New York over the last few months. Reportedly, this incident occurred at a road construction site in Otsego County. According to the county sheriff, the work crew was busy with a project involving a ditch and a bridge. As workers were being elevated to work on the underneath part of the bridge structure, the machine that was used to lift them […]

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If you don’t look out for your safety at work, who will?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Regardless of the industry in which you earn your income, your safety and health could be at risk. Workplace accidents can occur anywhere and at any time – and, in spite of your best efforts, you might become a victim through no fault of your own. While you have to cope with pain and anxiety about lost wages, you will likely have many questions about workers’ compensation benefits such as what procedures should you follow and which losses will the benefits cover? Fortunately, you are entitled to retain the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can handle all […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Worker pinned under 7-ton hammer

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The high number of construction accidents in New York has been a subject of concern for safety authorities for some months. On a recent Wednesday morning, a construction worker in Queens miraculously escaped death in a construction workers’ accident that involved a 7-ton falling hammer. This man was incredibly lucky to suffer injuries that were not considered a threat to his life.  Reportedly, the incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. at a construction site in Kew Gardens. Under circumstances under investigation, the steel hammer fell on the construction worker’s legs. Responders were initially at a loss to figure out how […]

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Safety is in your hands

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The bones, muscles and nerves working together to move your hands are nothing short of miraculous. The dexterity and ability to manipulate your fingers and thumbs sets humans apart from all other animals. Your hands allow you to operate heavy machinery at work, then go home to tuck your children into bed or tenderly hold the hand of someone you love. To lose the use of your hands would be a devastating blow. On average, doctors in emergency rooms in New York and across the country treat 16 million hand injuries each year. About 75 percent of all disabling work […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Excavator rollover kills 1

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Working along the busy highways of New York and surrounding states can be extremely hazardous. The risks that construction workers face were underscored in a recent fatal accident in a neighboring state. The death of a 60-year-old construction crew member who was working on an overpass was but one of the many fatalities in construction workers’ accidents that occur nationwide every year. Reportedly, emergency departments received notice of a construction accident shortly before 1 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. State troopers arrived to find an excavator that had tipped over. The operator was apparently ejected from machine’s cab the when the excavator […]

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The threat of workplace accidents involving robots

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Workers nationwide, including in New York, may be concerned about the possibility that robots may replace them sometime in the future. Industrial workers who are already sharing their work environments with robots might have additional concerns. A recent lawsuit shows the potential of robots killing human colleagues in workplace accidents to be real. The husband of a maintenance technician who was killed by a robot in another state in July 2015 filed a wrongful death claim earlier this month. The woman was a maintenance technician on an assembly line at an auto parts manufacturer. Reports indicate that safety doors separate six isolated […]

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