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4 Occupational Hazards in the Gig Economy

Anyone who routinely uses ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft or Gett has likely heard at least one driver extol the flexibility of such a job. Indeed, the flexible hours and ability to set one’s own schedule are a major draw to “gigs” like driving, running errands and making deliveries.

However, as more and more Americans join the gig economy, safety experts are growing concerned about the implications for health and safety. According to a recent report by Entrepreneur, the realities of “gigging” create several risks for workers as well as consumers.

Tensions simmer over proposed NYC construction bill, part 2/2

Opponents slam proposed NYC construction bill

In a recent post, we introduced the Construction Safety Act, a package of New York City Council legislation purported to be an important construction safety measure. Indeed, with construction-related fatalities climbing almost daily in New York, virtually anyone can agree that something must be done. However, different players in the industry disagree about this particular bill.

Will safety monitoring tools make construction sites safer?

There are always significant risks on construction sites. Working in construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country, especially in New York, where there are dozens of fatalities every year in the construction industry.

What if better monitoring of construction site safety methods were introduced to make construction sites safer? If this type of technology functioned as promised, it could increase safety, reduce accidents and save lives.

Tensions simmer over proposed NYC construction bill, part 1 of 2

City Council’s safety bill thrills unions, raises open-shop ire

The New York City Council is working on a package of legislation called the Construction Safety Act. This includes a bill that is causing tension in the city’s construction industry. Bill 1447-A requires that all workers on a construction site undergo at least 59 hours of safety training. The bill also creates a task force to oversee the implementation of safety rules on construction sites.

The shocking toll of electrical injuries on worksites

Electric shock puts New York construction worker in critical condition

Electricity poses life-threatening hazards to any person who comes into contact with it. Construction workers who work on tall buildings or roofs are particularly vulnerable. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, and part of that responsibility is to provide proper safety training. However, construction workers' accidents involving electric shocks continue to occur.

New York inspectors investigate worker’s fatal fall

On Saturday afternoon, Steven Simpson, of Brooklyn, left his shift as an electrician in a luxury Manhattan high-rise that is under construction. According to his coworkers, he then went back inside the building to retrieve something he had left behind.

At 7:00 the next morning, police responded to a call from one of Simpson’s coworkers. His body had been found between an elevator car and elevator shaft. New York building inspectors have shut down the elevator and are conducting an investigation into this workplace fatality.

2 ways a truck driver shortage could be hazardous

According to trucking industry recruiters, the demand for commercial truck drivers is outpacing the entry of new drivers into the industry. According to a CBS report, the demand for drivers will grow by about 21 percent between 2010 and 2020.

This is not only bad news for those looking to hire drivers - it could cause a dangerous situation for everyone on the road. Read on to learn more about why too few trucks may be just as dangerous as too many.

How to fall -- and survive

Much of our work is about injuries caused by falls -- in all kinds of circumstances. We seek compensation for people falling from trucks, ladders, rooftops, power poles, billboards, scaffolds, bridges - even stepstools.

A question we are asked sometimes is: How far can you fall and survive?

5 tips to defuse road rage before someone gets hurt

Avoid roadside violence and serious crashes by keeping your cool.

As New Yorkers, we know that getting around the city takes a certain level of boldness and assertiveness. We’re no strangers to the chorus of honking cars and shouting motorists ringing down busy streets. Road rage is a part of life for many drivers.

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