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Workplace accident claims life of New York elevator technician

Construction company owners and contractors are expected to protect their employees from harm. They must provide construction sites that are free of known hazards, and provide the necessary personal protective equipment for each worker according to the jobs with which they are tasked. The New York City Department of Buildings has ordered an investigation into a recent fatal workplace accident at a Flatiron construction site.

Important guidelines involving workers' compensation

Safety authorities say most workplace accidents are avoidable if prescribed safety regulations are followed. However, on-the-job injuries continue to happen, and employees are sometimes blamed for causing the accidents in which they were injured. Fortunately, the New York workers' compensation program is a no-fault system, which provides benefits regardless of who was at fault.

4 primary hazards that cause workplace illness and injury

Employees in New York may face a variety of dangerous situations every day. Safety authorities expect employers to protect workers against workplace illness or injury. However, regardless of the industry in which a person is employed, he or she may be exposed to any of the four common types of occupational hazards.

Construction accidents: Worker survives fall down elevator shaft

Exposure to height hazards is par for the course in the construction industry, and employers must protect workers from all known dangers. Falls remain the cause of a significant percentage of severe injuries and fatalities in construction accidents in New York and elsewhere. In many cases, victims were not equipped with fall protection.

New York workplace accidents prevalent during snow removal

New York experienced an excessively cold December, and with large amounts of snow comes the dangers associated with snow removal. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminded employers and workers of the necessary precautions to prevent workplace accidents. This is a task that can cause serious injuries or worse without the proper safeguards. Violations of safety regulations may lead to entrapment under snow that may cause suffocation, and damaged power lines could cause electrocution.

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