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Preventing a common type of fatal construction accident

It may seem obvious that construction workers should not place themselves between heavy equipment and other objects. In some cases, however, construction workers find themselves in danger through no fault of their own. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data shows that these dangers, called caught-in hazards or caught-between hazards, are one of the four major causes of fatal accidents on a construction site.

Worker killed in collapse of retaining wall

Construction workers are supposed to be protected by rules and regulations designed to keep construction sites safe. Rules require workers to be educated and protected from falls and falling objects that could cause serious injury or death. Despite these safety precautions, however, workers continue to die in construction accidents every year. In one recent New York construction accident, one worker was killed when a retaining wall collapsed on him.

Serious construction accidents result in lifelong challenges

For a seriously injured worker, the effects of a construction accident last long after machines have been repaired and construction resumed. A New York City man's recovery from a serious crane accident shows the mental and physical challenges that injured workers face when they are recovering from accidents.

Pedestrians injured in New York City construction accident

New York City construction sites do not have the luxury of space. In a densely populated city, potentially dangerous construction sites are found in the midst of tenants, commuters, shoppers and other passersby. That's a major reason why safety protections are so important at New York construction sites.

Latino workers have higher risk of fatal construction accidents

A New York City based organization has released a study that finds a disproportionate number of Latino and immigrant construction workers are being killed on the job. The Center for Popular Democracy reviewed federal investigations of construction site accidents from 2003 to 2011 to compile its report. As reported in local news media, the report found that 74 percent of construction workers who died in construction accidents were U.S. born Latinos or immigrants.

Crane breaks down at same site as crane collapse during Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy blew into New York City in October 2012, it caused a dramatic scene at a luxury high-rise under construction when a crane boom collapsed in the storm. Wreckage from the collapse dangled in the wind during the storm. Nearly one year later, officials were dealing with another serious crane mishap at the same building, a 90-story residential tower across from Carnegie Hall.

Roofing company cited after a worker falls when roof collapses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a roofing company for 12 serious safety violations at a worksite after a worker fell when the roof collapsed. The citation, announced earlier this month, involves $33,600 in proposed penalties.

Construction jobs are among the nation's deadliest occupations

Construction sites of all kinds present serious dangers, including construction accidents caused by falls, heavy machinery and weather. It's no wonder, then, that construction-related occupations made up three of the top 10 deadliest jobs in the U.S., according to information released by the Bureau of Labor statistics.

Family will receive $1 million for man's death in crane accident

The parents of a man killed in a Manhattan crane accident last year will receive $1 million to end a wrongful death claim over the fatal construction accident. According to the New York Daily News, the insurance company representing the company that owned the crane agreed to settle the lawsuit. The company has not admitted wrongdoing in the settlement.

Worker in aerial lift injured when truck falls over

Construction workers have a risk of falling any time they are suspended in the air, and the falls can happen for many reasons. In one recent accident, a construction worker was injured when a truck fell over while he worked from an aerial bucket attached to it.

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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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