Regular readers will recall that not long ago we shared the top 10 workplace safety violations, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These violations far too often result in injuries to New York City construction workers and others.
Big business interests have for years tried to undermine the federal government's Occupational Health and Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. A local target by construction companies is New York's Scaffold Law. The goal is always the same, the opponents of safety regulations say: cut government red tape and save the taxpayers money.
Serious matters require a serious approach. That's the mode comic Tracy Morgan is in these days after sustaining "severe painful bodily injuries" after the New York City native was involved in a June 7 truck accident that left another man dead.
Here's an update to our previous post in which we wrote about the Tracy Morgan crash. The good news for fans of the native New York City comedian is that his medical condition has been upgraded from critical to fair. There's even more good news: the National Transportation Safety Board has joined the New Jersey State Police in the investigation of the truck accident.
After a construction accident, it's expected that employees will have workers' compensation benefits and that government agencies will investigate. But as one recent ladder accident shows, that's not always the case. Whether a worker is an employee and whether government agencies can get involved depends on the circumstances of the accident.
Construction companies understand that they have a responsibility to provide their workers with proper safety equipment, training and support. Construction sites are dangerous places to work and without the appropriate safety precautions, the result of an accident can be devastating. While many companies comply with state and federal safety regulations, there are also many who choose to put profit over the safety of their workers.
Construction sites can be dangerous places to work. There are heavy machines, powerful tools and hazardous conditions that can put workers in danger every day. While there are several regulations and standards in place to prevent construction accidents, the reality is that negligence and careless behaviors can lead to devastating injuries on a job site.
$2.1 million settlement
for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.
$1.6 million settlement
for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.
$2.55 million settlement
for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.
$1.75 million settlement
for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.
$2.5 million settlement
for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.
$1.2 million settlement
during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.