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May 2013 Archives

Workplace Safety Violations Found by OSHA at Upstate Lab

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSGA) has cited Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, for repeat and serious workplace safety violations. The agency inspected the Schenectady, New York, facility after a November 2012 complaint. The inspection was carried out by the Albany area OSHA office.

Court Upholds New York Crane Accident Prevention Rules

A construction industry lobbying organization seeking to have New York's safety regulations overturned was denied in the 2nd Circuit recently. The Steel Institute of New York claimed that the city should not regulate the erection and use of cranes because federal regulations already existed to prevent crane accidents.

New York's Bike Share: A Bicycle Accident Waiting to Happen or a Change for the Better?

New Yorkers got their first taste of Mayor Bloomberg's 'Bike Share' program over Memorial Day Weekend. The program, featured in a New York Post article, has sparked much debate among New Yorkers. The question that remains unanswered is whether Bike Share represents an improvement. Will there be fewer car-bicycle accidents as a result of the new program? Will other planned benefits be realized?

Elderly More Vulnerable to Pedestrian Accidents

Elderly pedestrians are more vulnerable to being hit by motor vehicles. An 82-year-old man was struck and killed in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx last week. It was at least the 13th pedestrian accident fatality among elderly New Yorkers this year.

Investigating Train Accidents Answers Questions

The terrifying collision between two commuter trains on the Metro North Line in Connecticut is now being investigated. There were over 70 people injured. Injuries from train accidents can range from whiplish to death and everything in between.

Better Workplace Safety Laws Give New York an Edge Over Texas

New York is one of the safest states for workers, in part because of Labor Law 240-241, sometimes call the "scaffolding law." These statutes make owners and contractors absolutely liable for injuries that occur to construction workers. This means that they must provide safe scaffolding, ladders, elevators, and flooring to protect workers from falls and other workplace accidents.

3 Ways to Reduce Construction Workers' Accidents and Injuries

Falls are the leading cause of construction workers' accidents, injuries and deaths. In fact, according to The National Occupation Research Agenda, one out of every three worksite injuries is caused by a fall. Workers can fall from, among other things, ladders, scaffolds and roofs.

Construction Workplace Safety: What Are Your Rights?

Does a worker have the right to ask for a safety inspection?

The answer is yes. Look, we understand that this is not a comfortable conversation and one not many workers are willing to have. Why? All workers balance their next paycheck, paying their rent or mortgage and putting food on the table against the worksite dangers they face every day. It is never easy to confront a boss or contractor over workplace safety or report a violation. Still, many hardworking women and men don't know that they have a right to an inspection by OSHA if there is a safety concern at the worksite.

Near-Miss Car Accidents Can Reveal Unsafe Streets

Why should we care about motor vehicle crashes that almost happen but don't? After all, no one is hurt in near-miss car accidents. The police certainly don't care; they seldom even write citations for accidents that actually did happen. However, we should care about these non-accidents, as they are indicators of unsafe streets where real crashes are likely to occur.

Night Work Aimed at Preventing Construction Accidents

The City of New York gives out tens of thousands of after-hours construction permits every year. According to the Department of Buildings, these permits are primarily about safety at construction sites and preventing construction accidents.

New Jersey Laundries Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined a New Jersey laundry for significant workplace safety violations. The proposed fine is $219, 000. Prestige Industries LLC was charged with four repeat violations at its North Bergen plant. OSHA also issued five serious safety violations. These actions were the result of an investigation prompted by a complaint

Temporary workers need workplace safety too, says OSHA

A fatal construction accident in New York City, a death at a South Carolina paper mill, and a fatality at a Florida bottling plant have prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to step up its efforts to improve workplace safety for workers hired from temporary staffing agencies.

OSHA Proposes Stricter Workplace Safety and Fall Prevention Measures

Recent initiatives proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will heighten enforcement and increase penalties for violations of workplace safety standards. OSHA has a bigger budget and larger enforcement personnel to implement and enforce new and stricter workplace safety standards to protect workers.

Death more likely in workplace accident than by terrorist attack

New York residents and workers are, unfortunately, familiar with the dangers of terrorism. However, workplace safety advocates are trying to shine a light on a far more common type of hazard: dangerous work conditions. According to a recent study, 4,609 Americans died in workplace accidents in 2011, compared to 17 American fatalities caused by terrorism in the same year. These accidents are most prevalent in the mining and construction industries and in jobs that require driving. In New York, this underscores the need for greater construction site accident prevention and safety training.

New York law protects against building and construction accidents

The recent tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh reinforces the importance of inspections and safety regulations as a means of preventing construction and other building accidents. Fortunately, there has not been a serious building collapse in New York City for some time, in part because of the strict safety regulations that are in place. However, they do occur. Thankfully, none have resulted in the staggering death toll that resulted from the unsafe building on the other side of the world.

Prevent Construction Accidents -- Keep Labor Law 240

May Day - May 1 - celebrates workers. Another day, Worker's Memorial Day, took place last week, remembering those who died on the job in the last year. Most of the workers who died might have been alive today had the proper safety precautions been observed.