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improve and streamline existing OSHA construction standards by removing or revising requirements that are confusing or outdated, or that duplicate, or are inconsistent with, other standards.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 the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the winners of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge, which awards prizes totaling $30,000 to four entrants who submitted tools that best demonstrate the importance of recognizing and preventing workplace safety and … Read the rest
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 the employee’s conduct can be said to be the sole proximate cause of an accident. But most recently the Appellate Division, First Department reminded the bar that if plaintiff’s injuries were the direct consequence of a failure to provide adequate … Read the rest
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 the country each year, and kills as many Americans annually as heart attacks, and more than AIDS, prostate cancer, and breast cancer combined. Also, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) announced a new pay-for-performance agreement that will … Read the rest
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 Preservation (OPRHP) would issue a certificate indicating, among other things, the vessel’s maximum passenger capacity. At the time the vessel sank, it had been carrying 47 passengers and 1 crew member, within the 48–passenger maximum set forth in the certificate … Read the rest
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 sites and of malfunctions of heavy machinery, such as cranes and hoists, causing injury and even death.
The New York City Buildings Department has suggested 10 tips for property owners and contractors on how to “winterize” their construction sites:
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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 risk of injury to the public. The second complaint alleges that the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two, and Chill model infant recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death … Read the rest