What You Need To Know About Crane Accidents

New York construction accident lawyerCrane accidents rarely occur, however, when they do occur, the accidents pose a threat not only to people but also to property. Cranes are often massive and can fall from great heights when these incidents occur, resulting in death or serious injury to construction workers, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and bystanders on the street. In addition to the loss of life and injuries, these situations result in an immense amount of property damage, which is why it is important to hold those responsible for what happened.… Read the rest

Protect Yourself From A Construction Accident

New York City construction accident lawyerHave you ever witnessed a co-worker get injured on a construction site? Here are some ways to help prevent a future incident so that you do not find yourself a victim of a construction accident.… Read the rest

OSHA And Skanska-Walsh Form Partnership To Eliminate Workplace Hazards

NYC construction accident lawyerRecently, OSHA signed an agreement with Skanska USA and Walsh Construction (Skanska-Walsh) to protect the health and safety of the 1,600 construction workers hired to work on the redevelopment project of LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building.  Skanska-Walsh is in charge of the $4 billion project. As an additional safety measure, Skanska USA has also signed a contract with the Building and Construction Trades Council to manage all of the construction zones.

According to Skanska-Walsh, safety has always been a major concern during this project. Out of 1,600 workers that are part of the redevelopment project, 1,200 are construction workers.  The … Read the rest

Slip and Falls Named One of the Top Contributor to Workplace Fatality

In 1992 the first workplace fatalities census was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to provide insight into insight into the safety of workplaces in America and reveal professions of people most at risk for fatal workplace injuries. Although the census revealed a steady, downward trend in on-the-job fatalities since the 1990s, the the annual total of fatal workplace injuries in 2015 was the highest number reported since 2008. The data also revealed that in 2015 slips, trips and falls accounted for the second-highest common cause of workplace fatalities and men accounted for 93 percent of workplace … Read the rest

General Contractor Subject to Pay Fine in Avoidable Death of Worker

In April 2015, 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo was killed when a 14-foot deep, unshored trench collapsed. Mr. Moncayo was an undocumented laborer from Ecuador who worked for Sky Materials, which is an excavation subcontractor based in Calverton, Long Island, New York. Alfonso Prestia, the site supervisor plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to serve community service. The foreman of Sky Materials was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to a year in jail. The company Sky Materials, has yet to be tried.

The general contractor in this incident was Harco Construction LLC. Harco was convicted of … Read the rest

Electrical Accidents Rank Sixth Among All Causes of U.S. Work-Related Deaths

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States and are both fatal and costly. Recently, the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has taken actions to improve the safety of its workers through its new safety procedures. But the company’s actions have come under scrutiny, as the new measure has increased customer outages by 5 percent a year. According to Newsday, company officials have defended the practice as the reduced risk of serious on-the-job injuries and fatalities to its employees outweighs the minimal impact to efficiency.

Last June, PSEG enacted its new safety feature … Read the rest

Quadriplegia: Severe Neck Injuries Affect Victims and Their Loved One

At Levine & Slavit, we are committed to the rights of accident victims. Following a serious accident of any kind, it is crucial for those in Long Island and Manhattan to get in touch with our firm. This is especially true when someone suffers a severe spinal cord injury. During spinal cord injury lawsuits, we will seek commpensation for medical bills and other losses, striving to make the life of the injury victim and the victim’s loved ones easier. This is particularly important when a spinal cord injury has caused quadriplegia.

Defining Quadriplegia

Also known as tetraplegia, quadriplegia refers to

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U.S. Labor Statistics Show 12 Workers A Day Died On The Job In 2012; New York Region Leads Country in Work Fatalities

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) released this past Thursday show a reduction in the number of workplace fatalities in 2012 compared with 2011.  The 2012 total represents the second lowest preliminary total since CFOI was first conducted in 1992.  The statistics are analyzed by different categories: worker characteristics, type of incident, industry, occupation, state and metropolitan statistical area ( MSA).  The MSAs with the most fatal occupational injuries in 2012 were New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (NY-NJ-PA) with 178.

The CFOI statistics show that workplace fatalities in construction and extraction … Read the rest

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 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

Court of Appeals Declines to Apply Labor Law 240(1) to Worker Who Fell From Ladder While Cleaning Product Employer Manufactured

In Dahar v. Holland Ladder & Manufacturing Company, 2012 WL 538245 (February 21, 2012), the plaintiff was injured when he fell from a ladder in a factory while cleaning a product manufactured by his employer. The Court of Appeals held that his activity was not protected by Labor Law § 240(1). The product in question was a steel “wall module” made by third party defendant West Metal Works, Inc. at its plant in Cheektowaga, New York. The module was at least seven feet high: West’s customer, defendant Bechtel National, Inc., was purchasing it for installation in a nuclear waste … Read the rest