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Workplace Accidents: Give Notice? Always!

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The Workers’ Compensation Law requires an injured worker to notify their employer of a work place accident in writing within 30 days of the accident.  In an occupational disease claim, the worker has two years from the day they knew or should have known of the condition, to notify their employer.  The Board may excuse […]

Fatal Factory Worker Accident in Upstate, New York

The New Year had a tragic start at a Tonawanda, NY Coke factory. Paramedics responded to an emergency call at the facility the morning of January 6th, 2016. According to authorities the fatal incident occurred when a 60-year-old worker was lubricating gears on an industrial elevator. Due to reasons unknown the man was pulled into […]

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 […]

Electrical Safety Tips for the Workplace

Electrocution is one of the leading causes of fatalities in the workplace. Below are five safety tips you should take in your workplace, regardless of weather you work in the construction industry or in an office building: 1.    Be Cautious with Electrical Extension Cords: Extension cords can’t be avoided. Be sure that extension cords are […]

Explosion at Tonawanda Coke Corp. Results in Serious Safety Violations and $161,100 in US DOL OSHA Fines

Tonawanda Coke Corp. and Kirchner LLC face a total of $161,100 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an explosion on January 31, 2014 that caused the collapse of brick walls, damage to electrical equipment, and injuries to two permanent employees and one temporary employee. The explosion was […]

Previous Next Prevent Forklift Accidents

There are somewhere between 20,000 to 35,000 forklift accidents every year. It’s important to take the necessary safety precautions when operating heavy machinery. Operating a forklift is a risky job. There are approximately 85 fatal accidents per year. Most injuries and property damage can be linked to three causes: •    Insufficient or inadequate training •   […]

Preventing Falls in the Workplace

OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet at shipyards, six feet in construction, and eight feet in longshoring operations. OSHA requires that industry workplaces: •    Guard every hole into which a worker can accidentally walk using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole […]

East Harlem Building Collapse Highlights America’s Dangerously Old Gas Infrastructure

The deadly explosion in Harlem the other week was said to be caused by a leak in a gas pipe, one part of the nation’s enormous and aging gas system. The leak lead to 8 deaths and injuries in dozens. How old the pipe was and how the leak started remain unclear. Some academics, however, […]

OSHA Issues 2014 Inspection Plan to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses at High-Hazard Workplaces

OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 program to ensure workplaces with high rates of injury and illness are enforcing resources to protect their workers. The SST program is one of OSHA’s main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST plan […]

MTA Announces Measures for Customer and Worker Safety

The MTA has announced a series of initiatives to improve safety throughout its operations by strengthening reporting responsibilities and emphasizing on management oversight and installing. The position of Chief Safety Officer will be created. It is a new senior management position to ensure that safety becomes a top priority throughout MTA operations. A new Safety […]