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April 2016 Archives

Meeting OSHA recording standards in New York

In a letter of interpretation provided by OSHA, it is likely that a work injury experienced by an intoxicated worker is still recordable. According to the company that requested the ruling, one of its employees injured his hand when it got caught between two pieces of equipment. During the course of an investigation, it was determined that the worker was drunk when the accident happened.

Worker deaths up in 2014 after years of decline

Large-scale building projects are a familiar sight in major metropolitan areas like New York City, and construction workers who toil away hundreds of feet above street level perform some of America's most dangerous jobs. The number of fatal work injuries in the U.S. has been declining in recent years, but the death toll among American workers in 2014 was the highest since 2008. While fatality rates were up in a number of industries, the increase was particularly pronounced in the private construction, mining and gas and oil extraction sectors.

May is National Electrical Safety Month

The Electrical Safety Foundation International leads an annual campaign to make people aware of measures that they can take to reduce electrical fatalities, fires, injuries and property damage. The goal of the campaign is to improve electrical safety in homes, schools and workplaces in New York and across the country.

Debate Continues Over New York's Scaffold Law

Every year without fail, public debate continues over New York's unusual but important Labor Law 240 (commonly known as the "Scaffold Law"). Critics call this law an unfair burden on property owners, contractors and insurers. But in reality, it is a critical safety measure with life-saving effects.

How to make cell tower work safer

As the demand for cellphones increases, more and more cellphone towers are seen popping up in large metropolitan areas like New York City and elsewhere in the U.S. Along with more towers comes the need for tower climbers, who face many risks with the job. In fact, OSHA reported that from 2011 to 2015, there were nearly 40 fatalities among those who were employed in the communications tower industry.

Are hands-free calls safe?

New York residents may appreciate the ability to use cellphones during commute time as they communicate with family members, the office, or others. Hands-free activity has been strongly promoted on the heels of increasing accident statistics related to activities such as texting while driving. However, there is a mistaken belief that hands-free calling is safe.

Construction workers and brain injuries

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, construction workers incur more traumatic brain injuries on the job than any other type of worker in the U.S. As a result, construction worker safety interventions are being pushed in New York and nationwide.

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