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Serious workplace accidents can cause fatalities

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New York residents employed in manufacturing positions likely know that the industry can be a dangerous place to work. Even with the numerous safety regulations enforced in the majority of businesses, workplace accidents still occur often. Unfortunately, these accidents can sometimes lead to fatalities. A recent accident at a packaging facility caused the deaths of three employees and injured several others. The accident at the packaging plant occurred on Feb. 8, 2017 and resulted in an explosion. While investigators originally believed the explosion could have been caused by a fire, further review indicated that it was not. Reports note that the automatic valve […]

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Workplace injuries: What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

Monday, March 13, 2017

New York employees who work in production lines in the manufacturing industry may be at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This is one of many workplace injuries that can develop over time, and it could be very painful. Workers at chicken processing plants are often victims of this injury that can be debilitating if left untreated. The carpal tunnel protects the primary nerve that goes into the hand, along with the nine tendons required to bend fingers. Lubricating sheaths encase the tendons, and excessive repetition of hand movements can cause the lubrication system to malfunction. This can lead to friction in […]

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Workplace accidents: Engulfment by fertilizer kills 1 worker

Monday, March 13, 2017

Loading and unloading of any product can be hazardous. Workers in the agricultural industry in New York and other states may be very aware of engulfment hazards, and many might have lost coworkers in such workplace accidents. Deputies in another state recently reported the death of a worker who was engulfed by granular fertilizer. Reportedly, a 50-year-old man and some coworkers were offloading fertilizer and directing it into a hopper — a covered train car. Investigators will likely determine the exact circumstances, and initial reports were merely speculation. Reportedly, two workers were busy at the hopper when the fertilizer apparently stopped […]

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Construction workers’ accidents: Mall roof collapses in New York

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sometimes, workplace accidents occur in which many lives could have been lost, but, miraculously, only minor injuries occur. One would think that such incidents would encourage a business owner to improve the company’s safety protocols. However, after a recent roof collapse in New York, it became known that the out-of-state contractor had a record of four prior safety violations after construction workers’ accidents since 2007. This incident involved work that proceeded without the necessary permit on the roof of a shopping mall. Reportedly, the accident took place on a recent Wednesday, and the fire department called it a major collapse of the […]

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Construction workers’ accidents less prevalent in tall buildings

Monday, March 13, 2017

In New York, the city’s building codes require significantly more safety for workers on the construction sites of buildings with 10 stories or more. Construction workers’ accidents recorded from 2010 through 2015 totaled 1,446 — leading to 40 fatalities. Seventy-five percent of those deaths occurred on construction sites of buildings that were lower than 10 stories tall. The Construction Safety Act was recently proposed before the City Council; in part, it addresses safety on construction sites of shorter — or minor — buildings. The bill would address the fact that these minor sites previously required no site safety manager or […]

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Lower back injuries: Can you rely on your employer’s backing?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Along with all the billions of dollars that back injury claims cost industries in New York and Long Island, they also cause employees pain and suffering that might be part of the rest of their lives. Authorities say the prevention of these injuries is a major safety challenge in different industries. Reportedly, a significant percentage of harm to workers’ backs result from lifting, as material handling positions require employees to lift, place, carry, hold and lower heavy items as part of their daily jobs. While nobody has been able to find a method to fully eliminate this problem, safety authorities […]

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Workplace Accidents: Car smashes into lift truck basket

Friday, March 10, 2017

Workers in the construction industry in New York and other states have to face many known hazards, but from time to time, they come up against unanticipated — and sometimes life-threatening — dangers. Unexpected workplace accidents can happen at any time and may cause minor to life-threatening injuries. The Rochester Fire Department recently rushed to an accident in which a car smashed into the basket of a lift truck. Reportedly, a 42-year-old operator of a lifting truck was in the basket while crossing the road to the library where he had to perform roof work. For some reason, the machine stalled as […]

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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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