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Construction accidents: Stand-down for fall prevention underway

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the safety regulations that were most frequently violated and cited in 2017 involved the lack of adequate fall protection. In an effort to limit falls in construction accidents in New York and other states, OSHA organizes the National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls at this time every year. The fifth annual event kicked off on May 7.

Construction accidents: Worker dies when knocked off forklift

Forklifts can cause severe or fatal injuries if not used with the necessary care. Construction accidents involving lift trucks are frequent, and one such an incident claimed the life of a New York worker on a recent Tuesday. According to the Department of Buildings, several open investigations are pending for safety violations on this construction site.

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.

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.

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.

Construction accidents involving scaffolds could be life-changing

Scaffolding can be life-threatening structures, and related safety regulations are strict. Many injuries in construction accidents result from collapsing scaffolds or falls from scaffolds due to safety violations. Victims of scaffolding accidents in New York may suffer long-term consequences.

Construction accidents: Yet another life lost in New York

The hazards on New York construction sites have given rise to many safety discussions in recent months. Despite all the talk about improved regulations, lives continue to be lost in construction accidents. One of the most recent fatalities occurred at a site in Brewster.

Noncompliance of safety rules can cause construction accidents

Two deaths in one day -- only hours apart -- come at a time when there are calls for stricter safety regulations in the building industry. However, looking at the circumstances surrounding these construction accidents, it seems the calls should be for more compliance with existing safety regulations. Two construction workers died in New York on a recent Thursday.

Will stricter regulations prevent construction accidents?

Dozens of workers have died on construction sites in New York since the beginning of 2015. One of them was a 22-year-old worker who recently fell to his death down the shaft of an elevator in a condo tower under construction. Following the wave of construction accidents, some unions have managed to persuade the City Council to demand significantly more training hours for all construction workers.

Lack of proper planning could cause fatal construction accidents

When construction projects in New York are in the planning stage, developers should assess potential hazards and address those in advance. This particularly applies when projects include demolition, or for redevelopment projects. Being prepared may prevent fatal construction accidents like the one that happened in Poughkeepsie on a recent Thursday.

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