What should have been a happy occasion has now been irrevocably marred with tragedy. On Saturday October 6, 2018, a group of 17 were en route to a 30th birthday celebration at a Cooperstown brewery when a tragic collision in Schoharie took the lives of the entire party, the limo driver, and two passersby.
Employers have an obligation to provide safe workplaces. This includes making sure that in the event of a fire or other emergency, workers have a clear path to an exit that allows them to evacuate a building quickly and safely.
A work injury presents many concerns; one concern for every injured worker is navigating the maze of Workers Compensation. There are many legitimate questions posed by workers. Few so called experts have the right answers.
Construction workers make up 17.5% of the overall work related deaths per year. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the top four causes of worker fatalities with regard to construction-related accidents cause 410 deaths per year. OSHA has determined that the "Fatal Four" accounted for most of the construction worker deaths in 2011. (Statistics for 2012 are not yet available.) The Fatal Four are falls, struck-by (falling) objects, electrocutions and caught-in/between accidents.
Car accidents continue to plague New York and Department of Transportation Officials think speed-enforcement cameras will curb serious injuries and fatalities that result from motor vehicle collisions. A recent article in 'Am New York' discusses the frequency of car accidents, particularly near schools. The Department of Transportation suggests that the cameras will have a chilling effect on drivers that have a "heavy foot," reducing the number of speeding drivers on our roads. Citing statistics that point to 75% of speeding vehicles being in close proximity to our schools, the Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, offered the cameras as part of the solution to protecting "New Yorkers on our streets."
Yet again, it's Profits Over People. According to a report in Tuesday's "Crain's New York Business", a panel was held Tuesday morning before the Greater New York Construction User Council at the Scandanavia House on Park Avenue in Manhattan to discuss efforts to effectively dismantle New York Labor Law 240(1), a law that has protected New York's construction workers for over a century. Indeed, for well over 100 years, New York State has maintained certain laws that protect construction workers from dangerous work site conditions that lead to gravity-related injuries. The most significant statute is New York Labor Law Section 240(1), which typically functions to protect workers who are exposed to the risk of falling, or having an object fall down onto them. When a worker falls because of a defective ladder or scaffold, or as a result of not being provided proper personal fall protection, for example, the statute generally applies to protect the injured worker and hold the entities with the actual power to control the work site (namely, the owner and general contractor) responsible for such safety failures.
Rarely do people think about life or death when they go to work, unless they work in the fields that have been recently profiled as some of the most dangerous jobs in New York. In a recent article, Metro daily newspaper highlighted several New York City industries that expose workers to dangerous conditions and have high risks of 'on the job' accidents. Below is a list of several industries discussed in the article:
New York State continues to be way behind the curve when it comes to protecting medical malpractice victims. Below is an illustration of how a New Yorker was victimized twice because of an antiquated law.