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Workplace Safety Archives

OSHA Releases The 10 Most Frequently Violated Safety Standards

Has it become all too predictable? OSHA released its list of the 10 Most Frequently Violated Safety Standards and the results remain the same when it comes to construction. In the construction world, safety often boils down to fall protection, taking proper precautions around electrical hazards and making sure that workers are safe around machines. It sounds simple and maybe it should be. But, the same problems seem to surface every year.

Construction Worker Tragically Killed On Set Of "Blade Runner" Movie Sequel

We are following the tragic story of a 28 year old construction worker who was killed last Friday, August 26th, in Budapest. The accident occurred when the young man, whose name has not yet been released, was dismantling a set during the filming of the sequel of the 1982 action move "Blade Runner". Reportedly, the worker was taking down a platform, when it suddenly collapsed and fell onto him. The precise cause of the incident has yet to be determined.

Suing an employer for a workplace injury: it's rare, but it can happen

In our last post, we mentioned a recent report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health which suggested possible criminal prosecution for private sanitation companies who contribute to a worker's death because of indifference or willful disregard of a legal obligation. The suggestion is an interesting one, and raises the issue of what civil remedies there may be for workers harmed under such circumstances.

Report: private sanitation work particularly risky in New York City

Every industry, every job, involves some risk of harm, on some level. Granted, some industries and jobs present a greater risk of harm to workers than others. Construction, mining, and manufacturing, for example, certainly present a greater overall risk of harm to workers than hospitality, retail and white collar work. Here in New York City, one industry which involves significant risks for workers is private sanitation work.

Despite increased enforcement actions, major safety lapses at construction sites are common

We've previously detailed information about numerous construction-related accidents throughout New York City which illustrate the inherent and daily dangers that individuals who work at construction sites face. As evidence of these grave dangers, during 2015 alone, a total of 17 workers lost their lives at construction sites throughout the city.