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Heavy machinery can lead to workplace accidents

Monday, March 27, 2017

Employees who work in New York factories face workplace hazards every day. The heavy machinery used in these environments are often the cause. Sometimes these workplace accidents are trivial, but other times they can lead to severe injuries. A factory worker in a neighboring state was recently the victim of one such accident that left him in serious condition. According to news reports, the accident occurred at a bed factory in New Jersey. The victim was working to move a large pile of steel from a crane to another location. In the process, the approximately 3,500 pounds of steel shifted, which caused […]

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Employees have right to work without fear of workplace accidents

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Broken bones, cuts, bruises and even death all occur within the workplace. The average New York resident goes to work each day expecting to return home after earning that day’s wages. While there, the worker does not usually expect to fall victim to one of the many workplace accidents that occur every year. Workers in the state of New York have the right to work in a safe environment. If conditions appear to be unsafe but do not appear to present an immediate threat, the worker should notify the employer in written form. Then, if the employer fails to address the issue, […]

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Construction workers’ accidents continue to claim lives

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New York construction workers risk injuries every day on a worksite. While there are constant additions and changes to the New York skyline, lives continue to be lost in construction workers’ accidents. This problem has now become political. Some believe that the country’s unions are steadily eroding and that the importance of workplace safety is being left behind. When looking at the injury rate for construction workers over four years from 2011 to 2015, there was a 250 percent increase as per reports of the New York Department of Buildings. It was reported that 31 construction workers in the city lost […]

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Workplace accidents: construction worker killed on the job

Monday, March 20, 2017

Working construction in New York can be a dangerous profession in spite of all the safety precautions most companies implement. Whether the result of a fall, faulty equipment or simply human error, workplace accidents can cause serious injuries or even lead to fatalities. This proved true for one construction worker who was recently killed on the job while working at a high school. According to reports, the construction company was at the high school campus to conduct some external repairs. The primary focus of these repairs was the installation of brick cladding to the exterior of the building. The company indicated that […]

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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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