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OSHA says tree trimmer's fatal workplace accident was preventable

Tree service companies are very active at this time of the year, and owners of these enterprises are responsible for the health and safety of the employees. Tree trimming is an occupation filled with hazards -- not only for those trimming the trees at dangerous heights but also the workers at ground level. A federal safety agency recently found a New York company responsible for a tree trimmer's death in a workplace accident in a neighboring state last October.

For cell tower workers, work injury is par for the course

A former cell tower worker asked people in New York and other states to think of the men and women who see to it that they have constant cell phone contact with whomever they want, whenever they want. Their occupation has been dubbed the most dangerous job in the country -- one in which every worker could potentially suffer a work injury that could be fatal. The 55-year-old is the author of a book describing the life-threatening conditions to which approximately 15,000 workers are exposed as they work on maintaining 215,000 cell phone towers at heights of up to 2,000 feet every day.

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.

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.

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.

Work injury: Prevention in office environments better than cure

Many New York residents spend most of their hours every day working in offices without realizing that safety hazards are not only present in workplaces such as construction sites. There could be numerous safety hazards in office environments, any one of which can cause a serious work injury. Developing safety protocols for the office may be a smart move -- from establishing emergency exit procedures to making sure any spills at the water station are cleaned before someone suffers a slip and fall accident.

Fatal work injury: OSHA cites trailer maker for teen's death

The worksites of industrial companies in New York and elsewhere typically pose a variety of safety hazards that employers must address. The results of an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into a fatal work injury that occurred at a metal fabrication plant last July underscores the importance of compliance with federal safety regulations. The tragedy involved the death of a 17-year-old who had just started the job when he lost his life.

Fatal workplace accident remains unexplained

Industrial accidents in New York and elsewhere claim many lives every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into the June death of a worker in another state. The workplace accident claimed the life of a 51-year-old employee of a coatings company in the glazing industry. Although investigators identified several safety violations and cited the company, the cause of this man's death remains a mystery.

Workplace accident involving exploding gas oven injures 5

Working around gas ovens can be life threatening. Gas explosions in industrial facilities in New York and other states have caused severe injuries to workers in the past. Although employers must ensure safe work environments in which they address all known hazards, industrial accidents continue to occur -- some with devastating consequences. A recent workplace accident at a manufacturing plant in a another state caused injuries to several employees.

Fatal work injury may lead to third-party lawsuit

Most workers in New York are covered by the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system. Any victim of a work injury is entitled to pursue a claim for compensation, but what happens if an employee suffered an injury while he or she was not on site? If the injury occurred in the line of duty, it is compensable.

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