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Wood chipper incident causes partial amputation of worker’s leg

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Employees in the landscaping industry nationwide, including in New York, do not always take appropriate care when they work with equipment such as wood chippers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 39 workers suffered fatal workplace injuries while working with wood chippers over the most recent 10 years for which data is available. Most of these deaths resulted from people getting body parts caught in wood chippers. The safety agency reported that it impounded a wood chipper for inspection after a recent incident in West Babylon. A report indicates that the leg of a 72-year-old man became trapped in a […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Crane drops load onto 3 workers

Friday, June 30, 2017

A spokesperson for the New York Fire Department says it was the commitment and training of firefighters that made a recent rescue operation successful. FDNY is frequently called when employee lives are on the line in construction workers’ accidents. This was also the case on a recent Tuesday afternoon when three members of a construction crew became trapped under thousands of pounds of rubble on a building site. The incident occurred at the site of a residential renovation in the northwestern corner of the New York borough of Queens. Authorities say a crane dropped a massive load of construction material on […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: 3 injured in building collapse

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Those who work in construction in New York are likely aware of the potential dangers they face while they complete their job responsibilities. While added safety precautions can prevent some construction workers’ accidents, they can still occur. Unfortunately, three workers were recently injured when part of the building they were working on collapsed. The incident happened one afternoon on a day in June. The construction project reportedly involved adding a third-story to a two-story structure. Unfortunately, the upper portion of the structure is said to have collapsed, trapping three construction workers. One of the workers, a 37-year-old man, was reportedly able […]

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A herniated disk can be a big problem for a New York worker

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Any time a worker suffers an injury, it can lead to big problems for his or her ability to work and earn a living. This threat is particularly significant for individuals who suffered an injury to the back, as this type of damage can affect standing, walking and other work-related tasks. If you are dealing with a herniated disk as the result of your job, you do not have to face the painful aftermath alone. While this may not seem like a major injury, it can significantly impact your life in various ways, and you may require time away from work to […]

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Workplace injuries par for the course at some factories

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A New York manufacturer of animal bedding made from wood shavings is once again the subject of Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations. On this occasion, the company faces proposed fines of almost $60,000. This follows two inspections that were carried out in November and February. The agency says the company has a history of exposing employees to workplace injuries, with three penalties issued since 2013. The November inspection involved a log that rolled onto an employee, who suffered hip and leg injuries, sending him to the hospital. Investigators determined that the company failed to install the necessary safety equipment to […]

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Construction workers’ accidents are often preventable

Friday, June 9, 2017

Employees in the New York construction industry face many safety hazards on site, many of which involve working at heights. Safety authorities say the confidence of some experienced workers who are comfortable with working at heights cause disregard of safety precautions. However, supervisors must ensure compliance with safety regulations to prevent construction workers’ accidents that often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to provide fall protection for any employees working at levels of six feet or higher. The protection options include fall harnesses worn by workers and harnesses attached to a secure anchor to […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Collapsing excavation kills 1

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Excavations are some of the most dangerous areas on work sites, and if they are not adequately supported or shored, the walls may collapse. Every construction company owner knows this along with the mandated safety precautions that must be in place to prevent construction workers’ accidents. However, families in New York continue to lose loved ones in collapsing trenches or other excavations. A recent collapse claimed the life of a 59-year-old worker at a work site on Long Island. Reportedly, a crew was working on the installation of a cesspool at a residence when the incident occurred. Reportedly, the man was busy […]

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Empowering younger workers can help prevent workplace injuries

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A large number of young workers between ages 15 and 24 join the workforce in Long Island and New York every year. They are the ones who typically replace older workers who leave the workforce every year. Unfortunately, many of these young workers suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries due to inexperience and the lack of adequate training. Safety professionals suggest employers engage young workers in the development and execution of safety protocols. Many teenagers enter the job market as laborers in food service, retail and hospitality industries in which business owners provide inadequate training because the staff turnover is […]

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Workplace accidents: Window washer electrocuted in cherry picker

Friday, May 26, 2017

Workers who work at heights face multiple hazards, regardless of their occupations. Those in New York and other states who wash the windows of high-rises put their lives on the line for every job they do. The dangers that window washers face are frequently underscored by tragic workplace accidents like the one that happened on a recent Tuesday morning that claimed the life of a worker in a neighboring state. According to authorities, the deceased man was a 46-year-old employee of a private company. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10 a.m. An incident report indicates that the man […]

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Toxic exposure at work can have a toxic effect on your life

Sunday, May 21, 2017

All New York workers have the right to a workplace that is free from hazards and unnecessary threats to their health, including exposure to toxic substances. While any type of employee could face exposure to things that may cause significant harm to his or her health, those who do experience sickness or disease because of this have the right to recovery.  Whether it was using cleaning supplies over time or direct exposure to dangerous chemicals, you may have a claim to workers’ compensation benefits. If your injury or illness is a result of your job duties or an accident that […]

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