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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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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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