Category Archives: work hazards

Rail Services Co. Fined by OSHA After Firing Injured Worker

A Rail Services Company based in Missouri was recently issued a $332,469 fine. According to OSHA the company harassed and terminated an employee after the technician reported a work-related injury which is a violation of federal laws. It’s an employee’s right to report work related injuries. Doing so helps to reduce the likelihood that other […]

New York City Council to Pass Legislation to Keep Construction Workers Safe

New York City Council members have responded to the surge in construction related injuries and deaths by creating legislation that if passed would penalize contractors who fail to abide by safety rules and regulations. The New York Times recently published results from an investigation into construction fatalities. According to the investigation: “The investigation found that […]

OSHA Proposes Over $80K in Fines to Schenectady Recycling Facility

In May of 2015 a worker at Tomra Recycling, a facility located in Schenectady, New York suffered a compound leg fracture after being struck by a forklift. At the time of the incident the worker was operating a baler in a company aisle. According to OSHA the aisle wasn’t wide enough to allow safe passage […]

City Investigators Work to Reduce the Number of Construction Related Deaths

As construction related injuries and deaths continue to rise city officials have begun actively visiting and screening job sites. City investigators are cracking down on any safety infractions, including inadequate jobsite training. Many construction related occupations require OSHA training which is designed to reduce the number of job site related injuries and fatalities. At the […]

“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 […]

42 Ton Construction Drill Slams into NYPD Van

A stop-work order has been issued for the Virgin Hotel project on 30th street near 6th avenue. On Monday, September 28th crews were drilling into the construction site of the hotel when a 42-ton construction drill tipped over and crashed into a parked NYPD van. Luckily no injuries were reported. Neither the NYPD nor the […]

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 […]

Is Your Job Making You Sick?

Researchers at Stanford & Harvard recently conducted a study into how stressful work conditions, such as unpredictable hours, unreliable management and unreasonable job demands affect workers health. According to the study, which was published in “Behavioral Science & Policy” some workplace stressors do in fact negatively affect employee’s health. Most of the stressors sited are […]

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 […]