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December 14, 2023

NYC Sign Company Fined for Fall Hazards in Manhattan

$40,000 for failing to deploy proper fall protection for workers who were repairing a Union Square sign. North Shore Neon Sign Co. was cited by an OSHA inspector who observed employees not wearing safety restraints or head protection while working on scaffolds that lacked guardrails. The site also had inadequate ladders available for the job, […]
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December 14, 2023

Construction Tops List Of On-The-Job Accidents In New York City

Based on recent data released by the City, living and working in New York City is an accident waiting to happen. In January, city officials released a report, “Summary of Vital Statistics 2008.” The report contains, among other things, the most recent data on accidental deaths occurring in New York City. Here are some of […]
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December 14, 2023

Construction Injury Verdict Aided By Creative Trial Strategy

A lawsuit arising out of a construction site injury recently resulted in a jury verdict of over $4 million in personal injury damages to a Queens plaintiff and his wife. An electrician fell 20 feet from a ladder and sustained injuries after he received an electrical shock while working on exterior light fixtures at an […]
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December 14, 2023

OSHA's Most Cited Workplace Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a powerful agency within the Department of Labor charged with ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for American workers. OSHA sets and enforces standards for workplace safety and provides training, outreach, education and expertise to employers and other groups. […]
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December 14, 2023

Queens Fatal Construction Accident Caused By Wall Collapse

A recent fatal worksite accident revealed the everyday perils faced by New York City construction workers, from electricians and plumbers to journeyman painters and day laborers. While mixing concrete for a new five-story commercial and residential building on Queens Boulevard, a worker was killed when sections of an 18-foot wall sheared off and he was […]
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December 14, 2023

NY Scaffold Law: Protecting Workers from Falls

The New York Scaffold Law is unique in its height-related protections for construction workers. Construction workers have long had special protection under the New York Scaffold Law against the risks of working on and around high-rise buildings, skyscrapers and bridges. The law promotes construction safety when there is risk of elevation-related harm by imposing absolute […]
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December 14, 2023

Elevated Risk for NYC Latino Construction Workers

The numbers reflect that disproportionate numbers of Hispanic construction workers are being injured and killed on worksites. In New York and across the country, study after study shows that Latino construction workers are being injured and dying on the job at higher numbers and rates than are people of other ethnic backgrounds. While Latino or […]
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December 14, 2023

Ironworkers and Concrete Workers at Risk in NYC

Such workers literally do the work that keeps our buildings upright. In New York City, the height and density of building intensifies the hazards facing construction workers during building, renovation, repair or demolition. Ironworkers and concrete workers are particularly vulnerable to serious injury and death because they create the very bones of buildings: steel girders, […]
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