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Plumbing and fixture manufacturer in NY facing hefty fine for exposing workers to lead

A plumbing and fixture manufacturer based in Brooklyn is facing $105,600 in proposed fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after they exposed their workers to lead, noise, and chemical hazards.

OSHA learned that an Acme Parts Inc. worker had an increased blood lead level and further investigations showed that workers at the facility are exposed to excessive noise, lead, and other harmful chemicals without sufficient protections. Acme Parts reportedly was suspected of negligence for failing to provide their workers with safety training and proper clothing. Workers were also not prevented from eating and drinking in areas contaminated with lead. Kay Gee, the OSHA area director for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, stated that workers who are exposed to lead are at risk of suffering nervous system damage and other illnesses affecting vital organs.

Families often have to deal with great financial loss when their loved ones sustain injuries or develop illnesses in the workplace. If you are struggling with a negligent employer, a lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to represent you. To discuss how it could be possible to receive the compensations you need, call 866-LAWS-USA.


What if my employer retaliates against me after I file my claim?

Your employer cannot take any adverse employment action against you just because you have exercised your legal right to seek compensation for injuries sustained on the job. However, as rare as these cases may be, some employers do choose to break the law by retaliating against their employees for filing a claim. So, even if your employer does end up taking retaliatory action against you, our attorneys will be able to pursue legal action against your employer for the separate damages that will be associated with their wrongdoing.

If you or someone you love was hurt on the job, there may be a number of legal options that will be available for you to pursue compensation from the responsible party or parties. To speak with a New York construction accident attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, about any of the reservations or concerns you may have about filing a claim, please call our offices at 866-LAWS-USA today.


Fatal construction accident in Meatpacking District was avoidable, OSHA says

On April 6 of this year, the collapse of a 14-foot-deep trench at a construction site in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District took the life of 22-year-old Queens resident Carlos Moncayo.

In an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it was revealed that Moncayo’s employer, Sky Materials Corp., and general contractor, Harco Construction LLC, failed to provide cave-in protection to be used in the trench or to brace any part of the sidewalk to prevent a collapse. OSHA cited willful safety violations for both companies on October 5 and proposed a total of $280,000 fines.

Both companies have been given fifteen days to act on OSHA’s decision, in which time they will have to decide whether they will comply with the citation and penalty or contest the decision before OSHA’s review commission.

OSHA’s Manhattan area director Kay Gee said of Moncayo, “His death was completely avoidable… This unconscionable behavior needlessly and shamefully cost a man his life.”

If you have been hurt in a construction accident in New York, speak with our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP to pursue a claim to compensation against the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA.


The number of construction-related accidents on the rise in NYC

As more and more buildings are being constructed in NYC, more and more people are being hurt or killed in construction-related accidents, The New York Times reported on June 2.

According to data released by the city’s Buildings Department, eight people have died while working at a construction site this year. The number of non-fatal injuries in construction sites has also been on the rise. Last year, 231 workers were harmed while on duty – a rise of 24% from the previous year. Experts believe the number of accidents concurrently increases with the rise in the number of construction projects in the city.

Construction accidents sometimes happen because the contractor refuses to follow safety guidelines, including providing proper training and equipment to workers, as well as other violations. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we help construction workers who have been injured in an accident seek compensation from the employer involved. Call our New York office at 866-LAWS-USA to learn more about filing a claim today.


Should my employer have provided safety training?

Under Section 241-6 of the New York labor code, employers bear the responsibility of creating a safe work environment by providing proper training and safety equipment. However, it should be noted that safety training is only required when employers cannot reasonably expect their employees to avoid accidents and subsequent injury without such training.

Bearing this in mind, your employer may have been responsible for providing you or others with the safety training; depending upon the exact circumstances of your accident, proper training may have served to mitigate the severity of the accident, if not prevent the circumstances that led up to the accident altogether.

In any case, you should speak with one of the New York City construction accident attorneys with Hach & Rose, LLP, to better understand your employer’s legal obligations to you and the rights you may have to pursue legal action. Call our offices at 866-LAWS-USA today.


Building inspectors charged for taking bribes to speed up projects

A two-year probe by the Department of Investigations led to the indictment of 50 building inspectors and construction industry employees for allegedly receiving bribes in order to speed up construction projects, Reuters reported on February 10.

Investigation revealed that two city building agencies were involved in the bribery scheme – the New York City’s Department of Buildings and the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The investigation further uncovered at least 26 separate instances of bribery, where city inspectors received bribes from construction expeditors to overlook building problems and hasten construction. The investigation also revealed that some employees in the HPD were found guilty of deleting records of safety issues in order for the landlords to sell their properties.

Contractors who are eager to cut corners just to expedite a project might also compromise the safety of workers for a speedy construction. If you have been hurt because of employer negligence while working at a construction site in New York, you can take legal steps to pursue justice and compensation. Speak with an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling 866-LAWS-USA today.


What you need to know about Section 200 of New York’s labor code

Under Section 200 of New York’s labor code, employers in the construction industry who are directly responsible for the conditions of construction sites must provide adequate and reasonable protections to the safety, health, and lives of its employees and any other persons who are legally permitted to enter the construction site.

Furthermore, the conditions of a construction site—including the equipment, devices, and machinery—must be reasonably maintained by the responsible party to prevent injury. As such, the party responsible for maintaining the conditions of a construction site may be found liable for any injuries that result from their negligence.

If you believe that your employer is responsible for the conditions that led to your construction site injury, speak with one of the New York construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, to learn about your legal options. To schedule a consultation with one of our construction accident attorneys, please call our New York offices at 866-LAWS-USA today.


Immigrant construction worker wins a record payout of $62M

A jury awarded $62 million to a Chinese immigrant worker who suffered from a traumatic brain injury and other serious health conditions after a construction accident in 2008, The New York Post reported on December 18.

Considered the largest verdict for a single plaintiff lawsuit in Queens, the multi-million dollar payout consists of payments for past and future pain and suffering and for previous medical costs. Zeng Guang Lin, 26, suffered from serious injuries after plunging 20 feet off a roof while on duty in The Bronx. The jury was convinced that the construction company fell short in providing Lin appropriate safety devices that could have prevented the incident.

Lin’s testimony was entirely in Mandarin, as he does not speak English.

The right to file for and win a workers’ compensation claim should never depend on one’s background, race, or affiliations. The New York construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, know no boundaries in assisting construction workers in their pursuit of compensation from liable contractors or property owners. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to seek unbiased, superior legal help today.


When is my employer under any obligation to provide safety training?

Construction companies are legally obligated, under Section 241-6 of the New York Labor Code, to create safe construction sites and provide safety training for its employees when it cannot be reasonably expected to avoid an accident and subsequent injury otherwise. Under these circumstances, a lack of proper training would create a hazard both to the under-trained employee and his or her coworkers. As such, any construction company that fails to uphold these standards may be held liable for any resulting accident and injuries.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our New York City construction accident attorneys are committed to protecting workers’ rights in and around the New York metro area. To discuss your circumstances with one of our New York personal injury attorneys, please call our offices at 866-LAWS-USA today.


2 construction workers rescued in Rye trench collapse

Two construction workers in Rye were rushed to a hospital with compression type injuries after a large mass of dirt trapped them up to their chests while digging a trench for foundation repair, The New York Daily News reported on Thursday, July 31.

At around 11:15 a.m., the two workers were repairing the foundation of a home at Bradford Avenue when the dirt started plummeting down the 7-foot trench. Authorities were able to extricate the two workers by 12:45 p.m. They were reported as conscious and alert when they were transported to Westchester Medical Center.

A spokesman of the Rye Police Department said the two had been digging the channel for foundation repair without any safety device that would prevent the dirt from coming into the trench.

The contractor’s failure to provide equipment that would ensure workers’ safety could be construed as an overt act of employer negligence. If you have been injured and your injury has been a result of your employer’s failure to provide safety equipment, consult with our team of qualified construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP. Know more about taking legal action by calling our New York office at 866-LAWS-USA today.


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