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Construction Injuries

Thousands of people are blinded or suffer other preventable eye injuries in their workplaces each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says. Construction workers are especially vulnerable to eye injuries from flying debris at New York construction sites. If you work in construction, you are no doubt familiar with…

Of 4,188 on-the-job fatalities in 2011, 738 were construction accident deaths. Half of these construction fatalities were caused by what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration refers to as the Fatal Four: Falls, electrocutions, objects striking workers, and workers getting caught between or in hazardous spaces. “These statistics are indicative…

Contractors have been lobbying hard to change New York Labor Law Section 240, referred to as the Scaffold Law, to reduce their liability in accidents. The 1885 law maintains property owner and contractor liability for “gravity-related” injuries at construction sites. Opponents of the law have poured resources into a movement…

Two window washers were stranded on the 45th floor of the Hearst Tower recently after their scaffolding broke down and buckled into a “V,” reports NBC New York. In a 90-minute rescue, the men were guided safely inside the building and did not require medical care. The loss of power…

Although workplace deaths have been declining in recent years, they took the lives of 4,609 Americans in 2011 and seriously injured many others. Slate.com recently reported on the most dangerous jobs in the country. The four workplace sectors with the highest injury rates in 2011 were: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and…

Two construction workers were injured recently at Marist College in New York when they fell from an elevated structure under construction, the Wall Street Journal reported. The news is all too familiar to construction employees, who fall from elevated work surfaces more than workers from any other industry. The Occupational…

The numbers are not yet out for 2012 construction accidents. However, in 2011, 4,609 workers were killed on the job in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Of 4,114 worker fatalities in private industry that year, almost 18 percent occurred in construction accidents. The leading…

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