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How to Minimize Construction Site Dangers During the Pandemic In New York

Construction Site Dangers During the Pandemic In New York

Now that we know that the COVID-19 pandemic will be around for another year or two, we must make sure that all construction site employers follow the best safety guidelines. To help meet this challenge, OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has created detailed workplace recommendations. Since these guidelines are rather comprehensive, it will help to review them based on each of the specific construction safety topics they address. Both employers and workers must alter many past work practices to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 and regular construction site dangers. Subjects addressed include the need to create multiple teams and shifts,...

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NYC Construction Accident Lawyers Discuss Elevation Related Claims

One of the most common construction site injuries is falls. Workers can experience severe injury from a variety of sources, typically involving scaffolding, ladders, or various other equipment carrying a risk of gravity-induced injury explains one of the NYC construction accident lawyers at the F&A injury law firm in Manhattan. In cases of particularly severe falls, permanent impairment, disability, or even death may result. However, even comparatively small falls can result in substantial claims for damages; in 2016, for example, one worker suffered serious injury after falling only 12 inches through a small platform opening. Both the trial judge and subsequent...

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Brooklyn Construction Site Accident Lawyer Discusses Construction Safety Training: Help Prevent Deadly Ladder Injuries

Brooklyn Construction Site Accident Lawyer Discusses Safety Training  Construction workers should be aware of safety protocols that can prevent injuries and even save lives. Safety Tips for Construction Workers Who Use Ladders Construction workers should never climb up metal ladders without first making sure that the tops of the ladders are far enough away from nearby utility lines. Likewise, the bottom legs of all ladders must be carefully planted on flat, stable land to minimize chances of a fall. Share the Safety Tips & Follow OSHA Regs  These types of basic safety tips should be shared with all construction site employees during training sessions designed...

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NYC Construction Site Accident Law Firm Discusses Safety Tips for Decreasing Scaffolding Accidents

The U. S Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that over two million American employees regularly work on scaffolds while handling various building and construction projects. As they balance themselves on these elevated, temporary work platforms, about 4,500 employees are injured and another 50 lose their lives due to accidents. Most scaffolding injuries occur when an employee slips, the planks or supports suddenly give way – or the worker is hit by a falling object. The most common types of scaffolds used are: (1) those supported by load-bearing poles or frames, (2) suspended scaffolding, and (3) aerial (or scissor) lifts. Workers...

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Attorneys Help with Construction Site Accident Elevation Related Accidents

On August 10th, another construction worker fell four stories while working on building in Midwood, Brooklyn, according to PIX11. The man arrived at Kings County Hospital in critical condition following the accident states one of the New York City construction site accident lawyers at the F&A injury law center. The Buildings Department revealed that the building had prior safety violations as recently as February of this year.  At that time they received a “work stop” order until they corrected the violation. Too many construction workers fall from significant heights while working, particularly in the New York City area. OSHA and other agencies...

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Scaffolding Accident Lawyer Discusses OSHA Penalties For Scaffolding Dangers

According to a July 6, 2016, OSHA press release, an administrative law judge upheld penalties imposed on a general contractor involved in the construction of a 23-story building at 325 West 33rd Street in Manhattan, New York City ("NYC"). A NYC scaffolding accident lawyer at the F&A injury law firm discusses this case and the rationale for imposing penalties on contractors for safety violations. Contractor Previously Cited Previously, the Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) found that the contractor failed to protect workers on scaffolds from potentially fatal falls of up to 26 feet. As a result of its investigation, OSHA previously cited...

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Scaffold Accident Lawyer Discusses 60 Foot Fall At Hospital Work Site

According to a story in the Hartford Courant, a construction worker suffered critical injuries on Thursday, June 2, at a Hartford Hospital work site at 31 Seymour Street. The worker fell when a "rolling scaffold" separated from the building, according to an assistant area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Man Falls Over 60 Feet The scaffolding collapse occurred sometime before 10:45 a.m. The 47-year-old man fell an estimated 61 feet, although witnesses said he was still able to move after the fall. A fellow worker told reporters he didn't see the scaffolding collapse, but he heard a loud...

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Three Common Causes of a Fall from a Ladder

NYC construction accident lawyers at F&A Injury Law Firm discuss three common reasons for a fall from a ladder. Compared to cutting tools such as a chainsaw, ladders look harmless enough. However, a fall from a 20 foot ladder on to your side or on to uneven ground can cause serious injury or death. Ladders account for the bulk of all fall injuries treated in U.S. Emergency rooms. The reason for this is their utility and straightforwardness of use. There are few projects or work situations that don't require them, and their simplicity causes workers to take them for granted. Three...

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Seeking a Scaffolding Accident Lawyer: How to Scope Out How Your Accident Occurred

A scaffolding accident may sound rare, even though they aren't and may be more dangerous than a car accident. That's because scaffolding is frequently set up on tall buildings where a collapse or other mishap can lead to a construction worker falling and dealing with life-altering injury. Fortunately, the worker who falls off the scaffolding won't have to take personal responsibility. The blame may have to go on the construction company itself. That's because they didn't follow a particular New York law protecting workers who have to work on scaffolding. Labor Law Section 240 New York has long had a law that says...

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OSHA May Levy Fines Following A Workplace Fall From Ladder Or Scaffold

A March 2014 press release from the U.S. Department of Labor has outlined the findings of an investigation into a fatal fall from scaffolding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the investigation following the accident that occurred on September 20, 2013 at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Ga. Fall From Scaffolding A worker 42 years of age was working on scaffolding outside of a residence hall that put him about 19-feet off the ground. He subsequently fell from the scaffolding and did not survive. Now, OSHA has found that the employer, Jack Smiley, d/b/a Smiley Plaster Company, was at fault...

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