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Permissible noise exposure limits frequently dismissed at NYC construction sites

From an outsider's perspective, the average New York City construction site can appear incredibly chaotic. Most construction sites are filled with workers who are operating heavy equipment, working atop scaffolding and using tools like jackhammers and saws. Adding to the apparent chaos, construction sites are also often incredibly loud and filled with sounds of rumbling, banging, clanging, beeping and crashing.

Construction employers have duty to protect against trench cave ins

In previous blog posts, we've discussed the many dangers that construction workers who work atop scaffolding, ladders and other heights face. In fact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration consistently reports that, among construction workers, fall-related accidents are the leading cause of injury and death. Recently, the criminal indictments of two construction managers and their companies in New York City also shed light on the many dangers facing construction workers who work on excavation and trenching projects.

Road work sites can be dangerous places

Construction workers can be at the mercy of a lot of different things when they are working on a road construction project. Such things include: how attentive drivers are being when driving through the work zone, how much care the organizations behind the road construction project are exercising regarding worker safety, how safe other workers at the site are acting and what sort of condition the equipment being used as part of the project is in.

Construction workers especially at risk for suffering heat-related illnesses

New York City has been in the midst of a summer heat wave with air temperatures rising into the 90s and high humidity levels pushing heat indexes in excess of 100 degrees. As city officials urge residents to drink plenty of water, get into air-conditioned buildings and limit outdoor and strenuous activities; it’s been business as usual for many construction workers.

Why a construction site is no place for a fatigued worker

From road-repair workers to high-rise builders, construction workers are responsible for maintaining and updating New York City so that it can run smoothly and successfully for decades to come. Residents in our city rely on these men and women to keep our city running and we expect them to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

For New York City construction workers, scaffolding accidents are common and deadly

Imagine if your work office was ten stories above the ground and that you werer required to complete assigned work duties while teetering outside a building on a narrow plank platform. For a significant percentage of construction workers, this scenario is their every day reality. 

Why experience and training matter in the construction industry

The men and women who make a living working construction in New York City are well-aware of the dangers and hazards that come with the job. On any given day across the city, a construction worker may be required to descend into a deep trench to lay piping, work atop scaffolding to repair a building's crumbling facade or work in close vicinity to large cranes.

WTC construction site plagued by safely violations and injuries

For New Yorkers and citizens around the world, the 16 acre site on which the World Trade Center buildings stand is hallowed ground. Since construction began at the site in 2003, the New York Port Authority was under tremendous pressure to ensure the project honored the memories of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and was also completed in a timely manner.

New York City crane accidents: a follow-up

A familiar thought experiment begins with a simple question: if a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Our long-times readers will no doubt recall an article we published that touched upon the thought experiment with a line from a U.S. District Court: "If a crane falls in New York City, someone is almost always there to hear it - and be hit by it. The City's high density makes it all but certain that a crane accident will never be far enough from public sidewalks or nearby buildings to lack impact on public safety."

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  • $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.

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