Deadline to Contribute to OSHA Construction Standards and to Workplace Safety and Health Hazards Approaches

Last month the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Request for Information to initiate the fourth phase of its Standards Improvement Project (SIP). The purpose of SIP-IV is to improve and streamline existing OSHA construction standards by removing or revising requirements that are confusing or outdated, or that duplicate, or are inconsistent with, other standards. Earlier this month … Read the rest

Sephora Held Liable Under Labor Law For Providing Worker with Ladder That Was Too Short

The strict liability imposed by New York’s Scaffold Law, designed to protect construction workers who work in dangerous conditions and lack the leverage to ensure that building owners and contractors give them a safe place to work, has been somewhat weakened by a line of cases that hold that the Labor Law does not apply to construction site accidents where … Read the rest

Both New York State and New York City Take Bold Steps to Try To Improve Health Care

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state will work with hospitals this year to improve the quality and safety of care provided to patients at key stages of hospital admission, treatment, and discharge, and more particularly with respect to sepsis. Sepsis is the number one cause of death in U.S. hospitals, striking at least 750,000 people in … Read the rest

Negligent Governmental Inspection of Ferry That Crashed Would Not Be a Basis of Liability in New York

In 2005, the Ethan Allen, a public vessel operating as a tour boat on Lake George, capsized and sank. Twenty passengers were killed and others were injured. As a public vessel, the Ethan Allen had been subject to yearly State inspections, at which an inspector appointed by the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic … Read the rest

Property Owners and Contractors Should Winterize Their Construction Sites

Winter weather always brings added risks of injury due to snow and ice. Pedestrians can slip and fall on snow and ice. Vehicles can slide on slick road surfaces. So too does winter’s cold weather bring additional risks to construction sites and those who work there or pass by. Winter weather can increase the risk of falls at construction sitesRead the rest

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Files Administrative Complaints Regarding Two Children’s Products: High-Powered Magnets and Infant Recliners

Due to reports of injuries and deaths and concern for children’s safety, this past month the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed Administrative Complaints against the manufacturers of two children’s toys: high-powered magnets and infant recliners. The CPSC alleges that Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes contain defects in their design, packaging, warnings and instructions pose a substantial … Read the rest