On the eve of Thanksgiving, two workers lost their lives in the latest incident in a series of fatal crane-related accidents in New York over recent years. One of the ways in which the city tries to prevent construction accidents is to prohibit the use of cranes when winds reach a certain strength; however, nobody seems to be sure whether the wind speed was just below or just over the limit on the fateful Tuesday. Until proved otherwise, authorities cite equipment failure as the cause of the fatalities.
While construction sites and factories are known to be dangerous workplace facilities, those who work in mental institutions in New York and other states also face job hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched investigations concerning the safety of workers at four such facilities in a neighboring state. The frequency of reports of injured workers likely led to this action.
Asbestos abatement is known to pose severe health hazards to workers in New York and elsewhere. Exposure to asbestos can cause an employee to suffer a workplace illness that can have grave consequences. A nonprofit organization in Auburn recently paid a stiff penalty after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated its compliance with safety regulations in areas where asbestos was present.
Workers who take care of New York roads put their lives on the line every day. A fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of a 58-year-old Little Falls man who was a Thruway employee. The deceased man was an operator of heavy construction equipment and had been in the Thruway Authority's service for more than 20 years.
On March 13, a 37-year-old employee of a company that does window framing lost his life on the job at a New York construction site. He suffered serious injuries in a fall that turned out to be fatal. The incident occurred in Schenectady County in the town of Niskayuna where a crew of workers was doing carpentry work.