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Winter brings additional hazards for construction workers

With New York City's construction boom continuing to change the urban landscape and keep developers in the black, dozens of workers died on the job in 2017. While many construction accidents occur in warmer weather when more workers are outside, winter brings its own set of hazards, not just in the five boroughs. One deadly fall occurred in nearby Philadelphia in late November while another worker was killed north of Pittsburgh while raising traffic poles in late December.

Big development (and many worker injuries) in Long Island City

The iconic New York City skyline continues to stretch beyond its traditional Manhattan borders into Brooklyn and Queens. In Long Island City, the East River is becoming home to expensive condos and massive commercial developments, rapidly changing its image as a run-down 20th Century manufacturing hub.

Fatal injuries among NYC construction workers: What the stats say

Though New York City is enjoying a construction boom, workers continue to die on job sites throughout the city. According to a 2017 report on the City of New York's website, entitled Fatal Injuries among New York City Construction Workers, construction accidents happen at a rate that has a significant impact on the families of workers.

NYC construction worker's deadly fall -- WITH a safety harness on

New York City construction workers continue to die because some contractors refuse to follow basic safety rules. This was the case with a 43-year-old worker who fell to his death -- while wearing a safety harness. Sadly, the harness wasn't connected to a safety strap. Providing a worker with a harness is pointless unless a proper anchorage point is available to tie off the harness and the worker is properly instructed to tie off the harness.

Manhattan construction accidents: A deadly fall near Hudson Yards

Too many workers are killed on New York City construction sites. Some of those workers aren't even laborers who are thought to perform the most dangerous jobs. Sadly, some of them are old enough to be the grandfathers of other workers.

More NYC construction tragedy: A worker dies in an elevator shaft

News reports continue to describe serious and fatal accidents on job sites in Manhattan. In the latest tragic incident, a 53-year-old worker was found dead in an elevator shaft in a building on West 41st Street on Sunday, July 23, according to a report by NY1.com. The cause of death was initially thought to be cardiac arrest, according to the report.

After a construction injury: Will I lose money without a lawyer?

Nobody wants to get hurt on a New York City construction job, but it happens all the time. Being laid up is frustrating, and it can cause a variety of financial and emotional problems. Financial protection and good medical care help, of course, but workers would rather get up in the morning and go to work.

Construction injury: What could go wrong if I don't get a lawyer?

Getting hurt on a construction job is a big deal. An injury can affect your livelihood, your long-term health and finances, your family stability and your emotional state. But it can be hard to know if you're taking all the right steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Worker dies and NYC construction company owner is charged

A wall collapse that killed an 18-year-old construction worker in Brooklyn in 2015 has led to multiple criminal charges against the owner of the construction company he worked for. The New York Times reported on May 10, 2017, that Michael Weiss has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault and numerous other offenses related to his construction businesses.

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