The latest report of occupational injuries show that the number of workplace fatalities in New York was 15 percent higher in 2016 than in 2015. Every work injury that happens is one too many -- fatal or nonfatal. Data was broken down into categories to give a clearer picture of the types of injuries that caused fatalities to assist in safety agencies to devise improved safety regulations.
Following up on our blog post about a fatality at a New York wastewater plant from Dec. 12 ("Workplace accident kills wastewater plant worker"), emphasizing the hazards present at these facilities may help prevent more such tragedies. The most important part of any company's quest to avoid fatalities is proper safety training. Such training must inform every employee of potential hazards and how to protect him or herself from suffering a work injury.
The Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH), which is the New York State's version of the federal safety agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is collaborating with police detectives in an investigation into the recent death of a worker. The incident, which police say was a workplace accident, happened on Nov. 20. Emergency services say they received a 911 call reporting an incident in Watertown.
The reconstruction unit and the motor carrier unit of the New York State Police, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently responded after receiving an emergency call. The caller reported a workplace accident that took place at a propane company in Calverton. Paramedics also rushed to the scene.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently initiated an investigation in which multiple agencies will take part to determine various aspects of a devastating explosion that took place at a cosmetics manufacturing plant in the town of New Windsor. Reportedly, the workplace accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov. 20. Hazmat teams and firefighters rushed to the scene, and a second explosion rocked the facility while rescue workers were inside the burning building.
New York construction workers frequently put their lives on the line when they have to work in dangerous circumstances. They often work without the necessary personal protective equipment. Both the New York City Department of Buildings and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have opened investigations into a deadly workplace accident that claimed the life of a 60-year-old man.
New York workers who spend their days making the highways safer for road users put their lives on the line every day. Not only are they threatened by the equipment used in road construction but also by negligent drivers who fail to take due care when they travel through construction zones. On Aug. 23, a construction zone worker succumbed to a work injury that resulted from an accident on Aug. 14.
Window washers in New York put their lives on the line every day. The biggest hazard they face is indeed falling, and one would expect the employer of any window washer to be aware of the importance of, not only providing fall protection but ensuring that it is always in mint condition and replaced when it starts showing wear and tear. A fatal workplace accident that involves a malfunctioning fall harness should not happen.
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.
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.