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Construction accident cases require careful evaluation

Construction accidents can often lead to serious injuries that have a negative impact on the worker for a long time. In some cases, they may suffer a lifelong disability that prevents them from working again. This means they have to deal with the physical limitations, but they'll also have to work out the financial impacts.

How dangerous is the heavy machinery that you use?

When people think about what people in the construction industry need to perform their jobs, many often mention a ladder, hammer and nails. Some construction workers have to use heavy equipment to perform their roles though. This type of machinery can endanger their lives.

Know how the scaffold aw impacts New York workers

New York Labor Law 240 helps to protect construction workers from having to fight for benefits when they suffer an injury based on a fall from a height. The law provides absolute liability when a worker is injured. It includes general contractors and property owners as those who can be held responsible for the damages associated with these falls.

Gas leaks pose danger at construction sites

Gas leaks in New York can be dangerous, especially when they occur at a construction site. When construction workers are installing and repairing fixtures for the use of natural gas, the danger of a leak can be elevated. The gas is highly flammable and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning to people and animals in a confined space. In addition, a leak can cause a substantially higher risk of serious fires and explosions. In case of a gas leak, it is essential not to continue construction, but to evacuate the site immediately and seek emergency assistance from the fire department or utility company.

Construction workers face death on the job

New York construction can be a dangerous job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry is New York City's deadliest, with 20 workers losing their lives on the job in 2017. This marked a slight decrease from the 21 deaths in construction site accidents in 2016. However, overall workplace fatalities rose; 87 workers were killed on the job, an increase of 55 percent from one year earlier. The construction accidents took place at a range of different types of job sites, with seven workers killed at residential building projects. Another three workers lost their lives at commercial construction sites.

Crane safety and final rule from OSHA

Workers in New York who routinely use cranes to execute their job duties may be interested to learn about a final rule published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The rule explains the certification requirements for crane operators and mandates that employers have to ensure that crane operators are able to operate the equipment safely.

Fatal construction accident in New York blamed on high winds

Falling debris at a construction site in Brooklyn killed a 44-year-old man the day before Thanksgiving. Two of his sons were working with him at 859 Myrtle Avenue, and one son pulled his father from beneath the metal wall that fell on him. In a press conference, the son said that no one should have been working on the roof that day because of the high winds. He insisted that the accident did not have to happen.

OSHA kicks off trenching and excavation safety initiative

Some of the most dangerous jobs that construction workers in New York and elsewhere face each year involve trenching and excavation. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 130 workers were killed while taking part in trenching and excavation operations between 2011 and 2016.

Construction workers at high risk for dangerous fatigue

Brooklyn workers often face exhausting workloads. Unfortunately, tiredness on the job can be a serious risk factor for injuries, accidents and other safety problems. According to one study by the National Safety Council, 69 percent of employees are tired at work, including many people whose jobs involve safety-intensive tasks and procedures. In particular, construction, transportation, manufacturing and utility workers experience frequent high levels of fatigue at work, but often do not recognize that it could lead to safety problems.

New York construction deaths up 41 percent in 2 years

A worrying number of construction workers are being killed in workplace accidents in New York, and an advocacy group says that lax safety standards on nonunion constructions sites and less-than-vigorous enforcement of industry safety standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are largely to blame. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health made the claims in its most recent annual report.

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