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OSHA May Take Over AZ Workplace Safety

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered the state of Arizona to fix its state law to conform to OSHA construction safety standards. In a recent letter to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, OSHA said that the law that requires fall protection for workers facing falls of at least 15 feet is out of compliance with federal safety regulations.

OSHA requires employers to provide harnesses, nets or guardrails for workers who could fall six feet.

Fatal Construction Accident in Manhattan

The New York City personal injury lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP, are following the story of a construction worker who tragically died yesterday, April 13, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. after falling from the roof of an office building near Penn Station located at 424 West 33rd Street. The worker plummeted 10 stories and landed on a second floor scaffolding below. As reported by The Daily News, the worker was only 34 years old.

Metro North Deadly Train Accident Prompts Jersey Safety Review

New Jersey Transit recently approved spending $500,000 to hire an outside consultant to review workplace safety practices and procedures. The need for this review became evident in the wake of the Metro North accident last year that killed four and injured dozens more when it derailed in the Bronx. 

Workplace Safety: We Have a Long Way to Go

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been fighting for injured construction workers for decades. Often, as part of their work, they encounter figures that are illustrative of our collective failures when it comes to worker safety. As a society, we are not doing enough. Below, is insight into some of the concerns that we must all embrace and improve upon if we are going to make construction work safer.

Will Cameras Reduce Construction Accidents in Work Zones?

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The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will add cameras to nine road construction sites across the city. The idea is to remind drivers of both the dangers of speeding in work sites and reinforce awareness of the need to obey the posted speed signs. The rollout of this construction accident prevention program coincides with National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Construction accident lawsuits plague NYC residential tower

One of the biggest construction projects in New York City history, One57, has become the subject of at least 19 lawsuits. Although it is not known whether this is a record number, one construction litigation attorney said that that number of cases was unusual.

One57 is the tallest residential building in New York, coming in at 75 stories. Ground-breaking was almost four years ago, and completion is still months away. Apartments in the building have cost as much as $90 million.

The project made headlines during Hurricane Sandy when a crane buckled and left the arm dangling.

Dream Hotel Construction Accident: People Forget Too Fast

A hard-working construction worker lost his life because he was compelled to work on a dangerous scaffold. He fell 8 stories to his death at the posh Dream Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Despite this, there were only a few snippets in the local tabloids, some brief television and radio coverage . . . and then nothing.

Quiet. Abject, Deafening Silence.


Demonstrations Shine Light on Construction Safety Concern

The New York attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have long advocated for the rights of hard-working women and men in the construction industry. Often that involved explaining the import of the worker safety laws that are in place in New York State. Frequently it is centered on detailing the causes of construction and work-related accidents.

Today, a press release by New York City Council Member Benjamin J. Kallos highlights one of the major reasons that construction accidents are a problem that will not go away until an industry-wide practice is curbed. What practice? The practice of retaining construction companies with poor safety records and little to no training programs in place merely because they put in the lowest bid.

NJ Construction Accident Injures Three

Falling steel girders apparently injured three construction workers at the former GM site in Linden, New Jersey. Six struts intended to support the deck of the warehouse collapsed. The struts were at the top of a story-story building currently under construction.

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