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Construction accidents: New York tragedy claims worker's life

No foul play is suspected regarding a fatality at a New York building site on a recent Thursday. As with all deaths caused by construction accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating this one to determine the employer's compliance with federal safety regulations. Law enforcement stated that drugs and alcohol seemed not to have played a role in this tragedy.

According to an incident report, a bulldozer struck a 44-year-old worker at approximately 1 p.m. while she was leveling a field at a construction site in Red Hook. Reportedly, the accident occurred when a 45-year-old operator failed to notice the woman at ground level when he moved the bulldozer. He apparently promptly called emergency services after the incident, but the worker's life could not be saved.

New York construction worker succumbs to serious injuries

The New York City Buildings Commissioner said a complete investigation would follow a construction accident that recently occurred in the city. He commented on the chances that contractors take without considering the potential consequences. Too many construction workers suffer fatal or serious injuries that result from noncompliance with safety regulations.

Reportedly, this incident happened at approximately 11 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning at a Midtown construction site. Following the workplace accident, city officials issued a stop work order. According to police, a 59-year-old worker tried to move a heavy steel deck on the second story of a building under construction when he fell to the ground.

OSHA fines company $1.5 million after fatal workplace accident

Trench collapses have claimed too many lives of workers nationwide, including in New York. For that reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations that, if complied with, can prevent collapses that can cause traumatic injuries or death. The safety agency recently reported its findings after investigating a fatal workplace accident when a trench collapsed in a neighboring state.

OSHA investigators determined that the company had workers who were providing drain services at a job site last October. Two employees were working inside a trench when the giving away of a water main flooded the unprotected trench. Both workers died in this incident. OSHA has proposed fines totaling $1.5 million.

Fall from second floor causes serious injuries

Safety regulators such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration work to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses in workplaces in New York and elsewhere in the country. However, noncompliance with regulations continues to jeopardize those undertakings -- leading to serious injuries and deaths. OSHA says the annual fatality rate nationwide exceeds 4,500 workers in different industries, and falls form a significant percentage of those numbers.

OSHA will investigate a recent construction accident to determine whether safety violations might have led to the serious injuries a worker suffered. According to a report by Ramapo police, the incident took place at a construction site on a recent Friday. They said an employee who was unloading building materials using a mechanized forklift fell from the machine. Reportedly, he fell from the second story of the building under construction.

New York building site reports multiple construction accidents

A building site on Seventh Avenue in the New York borough of Manhattan seems to be littered with serious injury hazards for all the employees on the site. A worker's injury on a recent Thursday morning once again underscores the risks that have resulted in many construction accidents at this worksite. Reportedly, this employee was working on the ground floor of a hotel development when he tripped and fell while attempting to dodge a crane. He is lucky that his injuries were not considered serious.

Incidents on this construction site have involved more than the workers there. Last May, traffic delays occurred when a crane cable was dangling in the street. On the same day, a harnessed battery plummeted into the street. In June, a falling object reportedly damaged the windshield of a car that was waiting at an intersection.

What happens if workplace accidents are caused by third parties?

New York employees are no doubt aware of the insurance coverage their employers must carry to provide financial relief for those who suffer injuries in on-the-job accidents. However, what happens when workplace accidents result from the negligence of third parties? If this happens to you, you will likely not be allowed to sue your employer -- except if the company was grossly negligent -- but it will not affect your right to workers' compensation benefits. Nevertheless, if a party that is not associated with your employer is responsible for the injury, there may be grounds for a third-party personal injury claim.

You can pursue a separate civil lawsuit for personal injury at the same time as a filing a benefits claim with the workers' compensation insurance program. A civil lawsuit may provide additional compensation that is not typically covered by insurance, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium. Any workers' comp benefits you receive will have to be repaid from a monetary award if your civil suit is successful. This is a complicated field of law, and the help of a knowledgeable attorney may ease the process.

Injured workers: New York's most hazardous winter jobs

When severe winter weather strikes in New York, employees in some outdoor jobs are exposed to serious workplace hazards. Reports of injured workers typically involve slip-and-fall accidents, dehydration and hypothermia. Technicians who work on power lines and meter readers are some of the most at-risk employees. Although power companies do major construction and maintenance during the months of spring or fall, emergencies in winter must be addressed. Despite the protective gear the linemen wear, they risk their lives when they are overwhelmed by the cold and lose focus on the dangers of electricity.

Another group of workers who risk their lives in harsh wind and brutal cold is airport ramp agents. They have to cope with snow and ice while they lift heavy bags, de-ice planes and deal with dangerous, slippery ramps. The danger is even more severe when blizzards and whiteouts occur. The listed physical demands of this occupation include climbing stairs, stooping, standing, reaching, pushing and lifting heavy objects. When done in extreme weather conditions, these actions can be very hazardous.

Can workers' comp benefits be sought for injuries at the office?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strains, tendinitis and lower back problems are prevalent among office workers in New York. Such injuries at the office can affect the tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves of employees. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, practicing proper ergonomics can prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

Ergonomics fit jobs to workers by eliminating risk factors that expose employees to injuries that may lead to MSDs. These risks include repetitions of particular motions throughout the day. In an office environment, this could be typing, using a calculator, clicking a mouse or flipping through paperwork. The tissue surrounding the joints utilized for these actions can suffer trauma. There is also static loading or sustained exertions that follow long periods of staring at a monitor screen and sitting without movement for extended periods.

Workplace accident at landfill kills 1 when slope fails

Each occupation in New York and elsewhere has its own hazards, and employers must assess the dangers and address them to protect the safety and health of employees. When safety hazards are overlooked, it could lead to a workplace accident with devastating consequences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the tragic death of a landfill worker in a neighboring state.

According to the manager of the landfill where the death occurred, independent studies and investigations are underway. Reportedly, garbage and dirt buried five employees when a landslide occurred on Feb. 8. Four of the workers managed to get out, but the fifth man was overwhelmed by 40 feet of trash. Rescue workers searched for 48 hours before they were able to retrieve his body.

Claims for workplace illness compensation rejected

Former employees at a gun range in a neighboring state say they were exposed to a dangerous workplace environment. Lead is a known workplace illness hazard in facilities in which workers have to handle firearms and ammunition. The owner of the now-closed business made headlines when police caught him with a vehicle filled with weapons outside New York City last year. His arrest prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the business.

That investigation led to 35 safety violations, many of which involved excessively high lead levels in the facility. The workers claim to have suffered illnesses caused by exposure to lead. One former employee says he received some workers' compensation benefits, but it covered only some of his medical expenses. His doctor now refuses to continue treatment until unpaid bills are settled.

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