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March 2018 Archives

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).

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.