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Practices to prevent serious injuries in hospital construction

The ever-growing population and the fact that many people live longer creates a need for more and improved facilities to provide health care services in New York and elsewhere. Because many projects involve construction on existing facilities, extra precautions must be taken to prevent serious injuries to patients, medical staff and construction workers. Careful planning is essential when expansions or renovations must take place where patients cannot be vacated.

Injured workers: EMS industry has high rate of workplace injuries

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, emergency medical workers lose three times more work days than other employees in the general workforce. After a four-year study, NIOSH revealed that over 22,000 injured workers in this industry receive emergency room treatment each year nationwide, including in New York. The data also showed that those who are most often injured are full-time EMS workers whose experience does not exceed 10 years.

Fatal construction accidents: New York City vs. New York State

Authorities want New York State to adopt a similar level of workplace safety standards as that of New York City. A recent study indicates that fatalities in construction accidents in the city numbered only 21 in 2016 -- four less than in the previous year. In contrast, the number of construction worker deaths that occurred in the remainder of the state in 2016 was 71, which is 16 more than in 2015, and the highest in 14 years.

Workplace accident at recycling plant kills 26-year-old father

A tragic incident in another state underscores the potential dangers posed for workers in recycling plants in New York and elsewhere. A workplace accident resulted in the death of a 26-year-old father of a toddler in January. It's under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The office of the county sheriff also launched a separate inquiry.

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