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New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state. In 2017, the most recent...

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Window Washer Hit, Killed by Falling Bricks in Manhattan

A 51-year-old window washer was killed Monday when bricks fell on top of his head on the east side of Manhattan, police said. Nelson Salinas was washing windows on the sixth floor of 311 East 50th St., near Second Avenue, at about 11:30 a.m. when the bricks came tumbling down, according to the NYPD. He was hit in the head with debris, police said, and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. It wasn't immediately clear how long he had been working at that location. By Allison Fox [AMNY]...

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OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations (current as of October 1) for fiscal year 2018. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 as part of the 2018 NSC Congress & Expo, an annual gathering of safety professionals. While the rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations vary little from year to year, violation No. 10 on this year’s list, “Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102), was not on the 2017 list. The Top 10 for Fiscal Year 2018 are: 1. Fall Protection – General...

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Higher Costs Associated With Denied Workers’ Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation claim denial rates increased a little over one percent between 2014 and 2017, according to a white paper published earlier this year by Lockton. The increase is significant because of the increased costs associated with denied claims. The analysis examined denial rates and focused on answering two questions: What’s driving the increase? Is a high denial rate in the best interest of the employer? The top 10 most common reasons for workers’ comp claim denials include: No medical evidence of injury. No injury per statutory definition. Reservation of rights. Pre-existing condition. Idiopathic condition. Intoxication or drug-related violation. Stress non-work related. Failure to report...

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New Law Defines Negligence in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Personal injury cases often turn on whether one party was negligent. However, at law, negligence can have several different meanings. In some personal injury cases, the specific issue in the case comes down to whether the defendant was “grossly negligent,” or merely just “negligent.” One such situation is presented in a recent Florida court of appeals case, Villalta v. Cornn International, LLC. In the case, Villalta was working for a sub-contractor on a larger project. Because it was a large project, there were several other sub-contractors working alongside the company Villalta worked for. One day while on the job, Villalta fell...

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Easy-to-follow scaffold safety tips

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Depending on your profession and industry, you may find yourself working on scaffold almost every day of the week. Even though this makes your job easier because you don't have to constantly move the ladder when working at height, it also increases the risk of being involved in an accident. Since a scaffold accident can happen at any time, you need to prepare accordingly. Here are some tips that can help reduce the risk of getting hurt in a workplace accident: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when building and taking down scaffolds Never work on scaffolds in...

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Construction accidents come from a variety of situations

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Every industry has hazards of its own. Construction is no exception. There are some specific things at the work site that pose risks to workers. It is imperative for the companies who employ these workers to ensure that these risks are minimized. Safety is a priority for these companies. While they must make sure to provide specific equipment and training, the laws in New York clearly place liability for accidents on the employers. Here are some point to remember about construction site hazards and injuries in this state: Scaffolds, ladders and heights Falls are the biggest danger for...

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