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Lack of Fall Protection the Most Cited OSHA Violation in 2017

By and large, the dangers which lead to construction accidents are already known, which makes it even more inexcusable when catastrophic or fatal accidents do happen. This is clear from the latest iteration of The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) list of its top 10 most-cited violations in 2017, which includes 9 of the same 10 violations as last year and indeed, many years before that.

Four Injured in Tribeca and Brooklyn Heights Scaffold Accidents

A pedestrian walking in Tribeca was struck by a piece of falling scaffolding on the afternoon of Friday, April 13, in the first of two scaffolding accidents that occurred over the weekend.

It's being reported that the "piece of scaffolding fell off an office high-rise building at 101 Barclay Street" and hit the victim, who was walking on the sidewalk. The person suffered a non-life threatening injury and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. 

Construction Worker Critically Injured in Fall at Brooklyn Church

A construction worker who was performing brick work is in critical condition after falling from the top of a scaffolding onto a sidewalk shed at a church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Monday, April 9.

Staying Safe During New York City's Cycling Season

In view of the extended winter, it may not seem like it, but ideal biking season is just around the corner. Particularly as enrollment for Citi Bike continues to grow, with 137,000 annual members as of January 2018, a 56% increase from the same time in 2015, there will be more bikes on the road as the weather heats up.

Long Island Bus Accident Injures 40+ Passengers, Including Students

A bus carrying high school students was badly mangled when it struck a highway overpass in Long Island on Sunday night, injuring more than 40 people, 38 of whom were high school students.

MTA Worker Stephen Livecchi Killed After Being Struck by Bus in Queens

An MTA worker was struck and killed by a bus after the driver backed into him at the College Point Bus Depot in Queens on Tuesday, March 27-the second MTA employee killed on the job this year.

MTA Worker Killed In Fall After Protective Rail Breaks

An MTA worker fell to his death on the early morning of Tuesday, March 20 after a protective wooden railing broke while he leaned on it.

St. Clair Zaire Stephens Richards, 23, was only six months on the job when co-workers heard a shout and saw their co-worker lying flat on the ground below. He had suffered head trauma, and though EMS arrived and performed CPR, he died about an hour later.

The accident, which occurred in East Harlem at the E. 125th St. Station, led to mass transit delays-but much of the fallout has been centered on why exactly Stephens fell.

National Campaign for Fall Prevention: Key Safety Initiatives for Contractors and Workers

Countless hazards exist in the construction industry, but the biggest, by far, is gravity. Falls accounted for nearly half of all construction injuries - and more than one-third of fatalities - in both 2015 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They also rank highest among construction's "Fatal Four" (the four leading causes of death among workers).

In an effort to reduce these preventable deaths, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with multiple organizations to hold an annual safety initiative focusing on fall prevention. This year's campaign - the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction - will take place May 7th through 12th. Construction contractors and workers nationwide are encouraged to participate.

Construction Worker Edgar Pazmino Fatally Injured in Forklift Accident

March 13, 2018 - A construction worker in Jamaica, Queens was crushed to death by a forklift on a construction site which was under an active Stop Work Order (SWO) due to multiple safety violations.

Jorge Castaneda Crushed to Death by Forklift at Bushwick Work Site

At around 3pm on Saturday March 10, a hardhat was horrifyingly crushed to death by a forklift at a work site in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to the New York Daily News, 46-year-old construction worker Jorge Castaneda was walking between a forklift and a flatbed truck when the forklift, carrying a payload of scaffolding pipes, tipped over. Pinned between the two vehicles, Castaneda was trapped and fatally crushed.