Category Archives: outdoor workers

“Smart Vest” in the Works

Researchers striving to reduce the amount of construction worker injury and fatalities in highway work zones have designed a state of the art “smart vest.” The “smart vest,” developed by Virginia Tech Researches uses radio sensors to give construction workers sporting the vest a 5-6 second warning before a collision occurs. The technology would also […]

Sanitation Worker Fatally Struck by Garbage Truck

Authorities are currently investigating the death of a sanitation worker who was hit by a garbage truck in Melville, NY. According to preliminary reports the 44 year old worker was on the back of the garbage truck. At some point as the driver of the truck reversed, the worker ended up underneath the truck. Federal […]

Fatal Drowning in Westchester County

Late last month in Pound Ridge, NY a White Plains resident was attempting to service a water pump on Blue Heron Lake when he fell out of his canoe. Unfortunately the man was unsuccessful in holding onto his canoe, and drowned. The man was part of a landscaping crew attempting to install an irrigation pump […]

Firefighters Free Workers Stuck on Bridge Suspension

On Friday, May 22nd firefighters came to the rescue of two workers stuck on a piece of lifting equipment. The workers were on the Kosciuszko Bridge, elevated 100 feet off the ground when they became stuck. Workers are in the midst of a multi-year project to construct a new bridge. If you or a loved […]

Preventing Hypothermia in Outdoor Workers

Working outdoors in harsh weather conditions can leave workers susceptible to illness like hypothermia. Due to the long-term effects and potential fatalities of cold illnesses, a few prevention tips could save safe a life: Dress the Part: Avoid Cotton and Goose Down Clothing is the single most important resource to keep you warm. Once wet, […]

Winter Workers and Keeping Them Safe

Winter can affect hundreds of thousands of workers in our area. Under OSHA, each employer is responsible for providing a safe work environment for their employees and must protect workers from winter storms and hazardous weather conditions. OSHA issued more than 2,500 citations from October 2012 through September 2013. Some citations occur because manufacturers miss […]

Governor Cuomo Reminds Motorists to Slow Down in Work Zones Following DOT Workers Death

On August 19, Governor Cuomo announced a new video public service announcement to remind motorists to drive safely in construction zones. The PSA comes after a maintenance worker for New York State DOT, Gary Farrell, was hit by a vehicle and killed while flagging traffic in a work zone. “Motorists should always exercise extra caution […]

Heat Illness and Death Among Workers – Get the Facts

Exposure to heat and hot environments puts workers at risk for heat stress, which can result in heat illnesses and death. Under paragraph 5(a)(1) in the “general duty clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, each employer is required to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment […]

Preventing Heat-Related Illness in Outdoor Workers

A recent NIOSH report offers advice to employers on the importance of preventing heat-related illness in workers. The report is based on an evaluation of heat stress at a national park in California, but the agency said its recommendations  can be applied to other worksites where extreme heat may be a factor. NIOSH found that […]

Scaffolding Safety: How to Prevent Falls and Injuries in the Workplace

If scaffolding is not used correctly and if proper precautions aren’t taken, serious injuries or even death in workers can occur. It is critical that managers and supervisors are aware of how to construct a safe working environment for its employees. It’s equally important for you as an employee to understand these safety measures, so […]

Dear Friends and Clients,

Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, most from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP