Unless you work in an industry where the term is commonly used, the notion of “hot work” could mean getting out on a roof in the middle of July. Hot work is defined by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) as burning, grinding, cutting, welding or similar spark-producing operations that can ignite fires or explosions, especially around storage tanks that contain flammable materials. Hot work accidents in a variety of industries, including food processing, pulp and paper manufacturing, oil production, fuel storage and waste treatment.
Block O'Toole & Murphy provides legal representation to clients who have experienced all types of injuries on the job -- both physical injuries and other harms that cause damage to our clients. These types of cases involve discrimination, wrongful termination, hostile work environments and other types of prohibited employer behavior under city, state and federal law.
Although people in the U.S. are still dying from exposure to asbestos, it is no longer in common use. This is not the case in India, where asbestos is a $2 billion industry. India is the world’s biggest importer of asbestos, with 100 manufacturing plants that employ at least 300,000 people. The most common use of asbestos in India is in corrugated roof sheets. Asbestos fibers can be released if the sheets are cut or hammered.
More than 50 countries and a variety of labor and medical organizations say that the mineral should be banned. Fibers lodge in the lungs, leading to a variety of cancers and other diseases. By many estimates, 100,000 people die every year in India because of asbestos exposure in the workplace. India’s asbestos industry says that the risks of the substance are exaggerated.
Scaffold accidents occur somewhat frequently in New York City, the construction capital of the world. Scaffold accidents receive a fair amount of media attention because they pose very serious dangers due to the elevated heights that workers work at while on a scaffold. The consequences can be quite severe.
The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been privileged to represent many construction workers over the years. Block O'Toole & Murphy has also been fortunate to be in a position to help many elevator accident victims during the last few decades. Today, these attorneys bring you some news about two construction workers who were injured in a dangerous elevator while working at a construction site.
New York personal injury lawyers Daniel P. O'Toole and Stephen J. Murphy of Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP have once again been named to the Irish Legal 100 for 2014. The Irish Legal 100 is a listing of the leading figures in the law of Irish decent across the entire United States. Its honorees include such luminaries as U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, as well as leading practitioners across the country in both public and private practice.
In a previous blog we reviewed the most dangerous industries for workers, reporting that the trucking industry and transportation generally have a significant majority of work-related incidents that cause injury or death. Other dangerous industries with smaller workforces include fishing and farming. Only construction and its allied occupations are close to transportation when it comes to on-the-job dangers.
At the conclusion of the last blog post on this subject, on July 20th, we asked whether people in dangerous occupations such as these were paid for the risks they took. Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding "no." In addition to low pay, truck drivers endure unpleasant working conditions and have a very unhealthy lifestyle.
Sometimes, failure to properly train employees affects more than the employees involved. The general public can be hurt by such a failure, especially when the business is one that touches the lives of every New Yorker. A recent gas explosion in March is a case in point.
Con Edison, New York City’s gas utility, has admitted that there were problems with its training of workers responsible for installing the plastic pipes that carry gas under the streets of New York. Of the 525 workers trained since 2009, 301 had “lapses” in their qualifications. In March of this year, two buildings in East Harlem exploded, killing eight people. The precise cause of the explosion has not been announced.
The New York construction accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a developing story that occurred this morning in the Bronx near the Throgs Neck Bridge.
The experienced lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have long recognized the perils associated with construction work. It is one of the many reasons why the attorneys at the firm fight with such fervor to preserve and strengthen worker safety laws in New York. This week, another frightening construction accident showed the need for a continued focus on improving worker safety.