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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.

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.

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.

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.

Serious injuries after fall leads to roofer's death

Roof workers in New York and other states face various dangers related to the heights at which they do their jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations to which business owners in this industry must comply. However, many employers fail to provide fall protection to prevent serious injuries on the job site.

Is enough done to prevent construction accidents?

Workplace safety in New York is said to be in need of loads of attention, and part of the cause for the dire situation is the lack of federal inspectors. Reportedly, there has been a significant drop in the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors. In fact, in 2014, only 71 OSHA inspectors were left to cover all industries in New York. This marked a 13 percent decrease, while 18 percent more building permits were issued in New York City. The role that unions play in the number of fatalities in construction accidents in the city seems significant.

Construction accidents: Worker dies in fall down elevator shaft

The president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York commented on the sadness of lives lost due to employers' disregard of safety regulations. This followed the death of an employee of a company cited for violations that led to construction accidents on previous occasions. This time, a 30-year-old man who died two days before Christmas.

NYC Finds Operator at Fault for Deadly Crane Accident

An investigation by New York City’s Buildings Department concluded that a crane operator was at fault for a large crane that collapsed in lower Manhattan on a gusty morning in February of this year, killing one person and injuring three others. The city has suspended the operator’s license and have also moved to permanently revoke it, citing that the operator acted recklessly. This situation is a perfect illustration of why it is so important to seek legal guidance when workers are involved in workplace accidents either as injury victims or accidental contributors.

Construction accidents: I-beam kills crane operator, flagger

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.

Serious injuries cause death of man unhooked from fall protection

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.

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