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January 2013 Archives

New York City construction accidents and injuries on the rise

A New York City newspaper's investigation into work site accidents discovered that job site accidents increased more than 30 percent from fiscal year 2011 to 2012 while the number of injuries rose 46 percent over the same period. These statistics are alarming because enforcement of job site safety has been drastically cut back. So are these cut backs in enforcement the reason for the increase in construction accidents and injuries? From 2009 to 2012, the city's buildings department cut the number of worksite inspections by 40 percent.

Signs you might have a repetitive stress injury

Whether you work in a factory or an office, a medical care facility or in a sports arena, a grocery store or a courthouse, you are at risk for work-related injuries. In addition to slip and fall injuries, workers across the board are most broadly vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries. Unless your job is particularly dynamic and does not involve any lifting, typing or repetitive motions, you are at risk.

OSHA releases initial post-Sandy toxic exposure report

In late December, we wrote about a warning released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding potential mold exposure risks for post-Sandy cleanup workers in New York, New Jersey and other affected areas. OSHA recently released its initial findings about the rate of toxic exposure these workers are experiencing. Thankfully, the news is good for now.

Workers injured in Oct. bucket truck fall in Williamsville to sue

On Oct. 1 of last year, two Town of Amherst workers were taking down a banner above Main Street in Williamsville. They were standing on the platform of an elevated platform truck on that ordinary Monday morning when the top of a semi-trailer struck the boom and both men were ejected and flung to the pavement 20 feet below.

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