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Construction Site Accidents: The Leading Cause of Work-related Injuries

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The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are constantly looking to bring our followers relevant information about worker safety and construction-related accidents. Below, we provide some revealing statistics and brief analysis. We hope you enjoy.

Construction workers build our roads, homes, workplaces, and maintain our nation's infrastructures. Construction work remains, perhaps, the most dangerous occupation in the United States. Construction workers face daily risks working in high places, around heavy construction equipment, toxic chemicals and other construction related hazards. The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) provides national and world leadership in trying to prevent work-related accidents, illness, injury, disability, and death by systematically gathering information, conducting targeted research and translating that knowledge into products and services tailored to address construction needs. Why should you care?

New York's Scaffold Law Protects Construction Workers

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy consistently follow the debate over the Scaffold Law, the law that protects the health and safety of the workers that shape our majestic skyline and build our beautiful buildings. We have emphasized that while this law protects all workers, it has a particularly meaningful impact on immigrant workers. Indeed, it is well settled that immigrant workers are the group that are most often injured at construction sites and by a large margin. Frequently it is as a result of being placed in unsafe working conditions without having a real voice in how the work should be performed. Now, in an editorial, respected local television personality Errol Louis chimes in.

Lukasz Stolarski Dies in NYC Construction Accident

A construction worker fell 13 stories to his death last week at a building site at 424 West 33rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in Manhattan. The New York City Department of Buildings has found more than 40 open violations at the site.

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.

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