Although this blog frequently reports on the dangers faced by New York City construction workers, other jobs in New York are also dangerous. Take, for example, the hazards faced by police officers every day. Already in 2014, one officer has been shot in the legs and another dragged hundreds of feet by an ATV - and those are just the most recent incidences of job-related violence that causes injury and death to New York's finest. They are also the most common causes of injuries and fatalities -- gunshots and motor vehicles.
Despite the best efforts of businesses and labor unions, construction work is still a very dangerous occupation. There are, on average, two fatalities each day on construction sites across the United States. The cost to the economy of construction accidents is staggering.
The Brooklyn lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to follow a very serious construction accident - - a building collapse - - that took place in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn yesterday.
The New York City lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a very serious construction accident that took place in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn today.
1916 Prospect Place in Brooklyn was a 3 story building that was under demolition. The vacant building reportedly collapsed at 1pm this afternoon, seriously injuring eight people. The helpless victims of the building collapse were rushed to Brookdale Hospital. Their conditions are not known at this time.
On February 21, 2014, a worker was injured when he fell off of a scaffold at a construction site in Manhattan. The unidentified worker was injured because he was not afforded the proper safety equipment and was not trained at all. We hope the injured victim makes a strong recovery and our thoughts are with his loved ones during his this trying period.
A worker who fell about 25 feet from the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City miraculously landed on his feet and broke no bones, according to officials. Witnesses said the construction accident occurred when the man fell feet first to a ramp closed because of the ongoing construction project.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA) has identified the top ten workplace safety violations in 2013 throughout the United States. The top 10 increased by 45 percent over 2012.
The New York personal injury lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP are following the tragic and disturbing story of a carbon monoxide leak on Saturday at a Legal Sea Foods restaurant located in the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, a popular Long Island eatery. The manager of the restaurant, 55 year old Steve Nelson, was found passed out in a basement restroom of the restaurant and ultimately died at Huntington Hospital of carbon monoxide poisoning. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to those who mourn Mr. Nelson's untimely death, including the 2 children he has reportedly left behind. Co-workers and bosses of Mr. Nelson have raved about him as a beloved man who was like a member of their family.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will review OSHA's voluntary workplace violence prevention guidelines. This is a development of particular interest to healthcare workers, as half of all non-fatal workplace violence injuries occur in healthcare and social services settings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At the end of January 2014, the U.S. Labor Department released 2012 statistics for New York State. The numbers tell an encouraging story: In that year, private industry employers reported 146,000 work injuries and illnesses. This translates to a rate of 2.5 injuries or diseases per 100 full-time employees. New York was one of eight states to see a significant decrease in worker injuries in the private sector.