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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

How do I protect myself when operating heavy machinery?

Working on a construction site is dangerous, even if you and those around you take every safety precaution possible. Accidents can happen, even at the safest of construction sites. If you work near or operate heavy machinery, you will want to follow the safety tips outlined here to prevent accidents on a construction site in New York.

How do I protect myself when working with chemicals?

No matter where you work, or what you do for employment, you can come into contact with chemicals while on the job. If you don't know how to keep yourself safe when working, especially when you work in a job with chemicals, you can suffer serious illness or injury.

How to protect yourself when working with electricity

Working with electricity is very dangerous, even for the most skilled electricians. You need to take every precaution possible to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you on the work site. Here are some tips for protecting yourself when working with electricity.

Did you get hurt on the job at a construction site?

Imagine you're an average New York City hardhat. You've been working yourself to the bone at city construction jobs for the last 15 years. You've made really good money and learned a lot of valuable skills in the process. You've also been lucky to never suffer any injuries, even though you encounter a lot of potentially fatal dangers every day at work.

Brooklyn contractor charged with murder for employee's death

Criminal charges have been filed against the 47-year-old owner of two different Brooklyn-based construction firms after one of his company's workers died and two were injured after he demanded that they illegally excavate his land. He had previously been given explicit directives by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) not to do so.

Workers' compensation claims involving construction accidents

Construction workers' accidents are a common occurrence across the country, even with the multitude of safety procedures and rules in place. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does all it can to protect the well-being and health of workers at construction sites, but accidents happen. Construction accidents can lead to workers' compensation claims, so here is a brief overview.

What are the 'Focus Four' in construction?

In recent years, demand for construction employees has gone up quite a bit. Given this, the field has seen its share of new workers lately. Among the things that can be quite impactful for a new construction worker is what sort of safety training they receive.

Construction safety bills at center of industry battle

This week, the Housing and Buildings Committee for the New York City Council oversaw 21 bills being introduced that deal with construction safety. These bills pit developers against unions and other builders.

Latino construction workers face increased risk of death

It is tragic to say, but cultural norms that devalue the labor of minorities have profound impacts. For example, in New York City, union construction workers for years have been predominantly Caucasian. Latino construction workers, particularly undocumented workers, are less likely to work on union projects but more likely to suffer a serious injury or death. Often, these accidents were completely preventable and the result of willful violations by employers trying to save a few dollars. According to the most recent statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics, Latinos had the highesr percentage of fatal work accidents in New York City.

Construction accidents and deaths lead to potential new laws

New York City seems plagued with terrible, fatal construction accidents in recent years. Both 2015 and 2016 saw an average of more than one fatality each month. The rate of accidents has caused concerns among politicians and union representatives. Now, city officials are considering a package of more than twenty new laws aimed at reducing accidents and improving safety for construction workers in New York.

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