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Construction accidents: I-beam kills crane operator, flagger

On the eve of Thanksgiving, two workers lost their lives in the latest incident in a series of fatal crane-related accidents in New York over recent years. One of the ways in which the city tries to prevent construction accidents is to prohibit the use of cranes when winds reach a certain strength; however, nobody seems to be sure whether the wind speed was just below or just over the limit on the fateful Tuesday. Until proved otherwise, authorities cite equipment failure as the cause of the fatalities.

Serious injuries cause death of man unhooked from fall protection

On March 13, a 37-year-old employee of a company that does window framing lost his life on the job at a New York construction site. He suffered serious injuries in a fall that turned out to be fatal. The incident occurred in Schenectady County in the town of Niskayuna where a crew of workers was doing carpentry work.

Construction accidents: 2 injured when deck collapses

New York owners of construction companies have an enormous responsibility to protect the safety and health of their employees. Workers in this industry face multiple safety hazards every day, and compliance with federal safety regulations is vital to avoid construction accidents. This applies especially to those who work on repairing buildings damaged by hurricanes and other disasters.

Taking action to reduce construction industry injuries and fatalities

New York construction workers know better than anyone the many dangers in their line of work. From cranes to bulldozers and from nail guns to electrical lines, risks of construction worksite injuries are plentiful. In order to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities, construction workers and employers should both be ever-vigilant, a construction industry publication noted recently.

Construction workers: beware of 'the fatal four'

Working in the construction industry requires people to take on considerable physical challenges on a daily basis. Further, they must be mentally prepared and equipped to handle the responsibilities of acting safely and within established regulations. Unfortunately, even the most physically and mentally fit workers can fall victim to a serious construction accident.

Recent crane collapse highlights dangers of large construction equipment

Last Friday, residents and passersby were shocked and terrified when a towering 565-foot construction crane tumbled down in lower Manhattan. The accident occurred as, due to concerns about increasing winds, the crane operator was attempting to lower and secure the hulking boom and members of the construction crew were attempting to clear the streets of pedestrians and motorists.

For construction workers, falls are among the most common and deadly types of accidents

We've previously discussed the myriad of safety hazards that men and women who work construction face on a daily basis. The grave dangers of construction work are evidenced by the significant number of construction-related injuries and deaths that occur each year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo creates task force to promote workers' rights and safety

U.S. labor laws were enacted to ensure for the safety and fair treatment of all workers regardless of industry or position. However, despite these laws and federal safety and regulatory agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, each year millions of U.S. workers are injured and killed on the job.

Falls from U.S. Bank Stadium claim life of 1 construction worker and injure another

Among U.S. construction workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that fall-related accidents remain the leading cause of injury and death. Just this week, a 35-year-old man, who was part of the construction crew that is completing work on the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium, died after he reportedly fell 50 feet from the stadium’s roof before coming to rest in a snow gutter. A second worker, who also suffered apparent fall-related injuries in the same incident, still remains hospitalized.

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