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NYC investigating fake OSHA cards to help end construction-related deaths

New York City has recently been experiencing an overwhelming increase in construction-related deaths. As a result, city officials are going undercover and arresting workers with false safety training cards.

In order to work on a construction site, a worker is required to complete safety training by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). This is meant to decrease the likelihood of job site accidents and deaths. However, there is a growing problem of fraudulent OSHA cards and individuals in dangerous construction settings without the proper training to keep themselves and others safe.

So far there have been over 20 workers found with false OSHA cards at city construction sites and several others have were found without cards at all. The Department of Investigation and the Buildings Department began the investigation due to construction fatalities reaching 18 so far this year, up from 12 last year. It is an ongoing process.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our construction accident attorneys believe that safety standards on construction sites should be held at a high level. If you were injured on a job site due to a lack of safety regulations, please call 866-LAWS-USA today. Our New York lawyers are experienced and dedicated attorneys who want to fight for the compensation our clients deserve.

OSHA toughens workplace safety reporting rules

Starting January 1, 2015, employers will face even stricter workplace safety reporting regulations as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced key changes in its record keeping requirements.

Under OSHA’s new policy, all employers will now have to report all incidents of fatalities within 8 hours, and any incident of work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24 hours. OSHA’s previous guidelines did not require employers to report single incidents of in-patient hospitalizations.

The amendments now cover more employers, even some that were formerly exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records. See OSHA.gov for more information.

OSHA’s move was in light of an increasing number of fatalities and injuries occurring while on duty. Sadly, many of these incidents could have been prevented if safety measures were properly imposed by the employer. If you have been injured or have developed a severe illness while working at a construction site in New York, see if you qualify for compensation by consulting a construction accident attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA today.

OSHA takes steps to protect workers’ safety during demolition

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a press statement on July 10, stressing the importance of construction workers’ safety during demolition jobs.

The OSHA mentioned incidents of deaths during demolition jobs that could have been prevented to serve as a reminder of how important it is to adhere with safety standards. The OSHA also announced it has recently updated its Demolition page that provides information about safety measures on how to prevent work site injuries during demolition.

Between 2009 and 2013, the OSHA issued almost 1,000 citations for breaching safety demolition standards, the most common of which is the failure to perform an engineering survey before starting the demolition.

Demolition jobs involve hazards associated with construction, but there is also the presence of unexpected dangers. If you have been involved in an accident while on a construction site in New York, our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, might be able to help you hold your employer accountable for negligence. To learn about your legal options, call us at 866-LAWS-USA today.

OSHA creates an interactive training tool about job site hazards

In an effort to raise awareness about hazard identification and control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched an online game designed for both employers and workers in the manufacturing and construction industries.

In this safety training game,  the OSHA Hazard Identification Tool,  the user may choose to play in the perspective of either an employer or an employee at a manufacturing or construction site. The game is used as a learning tool so the player can identify hazards in the workplace.

OSHA assistant secretary of labor David Michaels stated that with this new tool, employers can learn that “following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line.”

Hazard identification and control is indeed an integral part of maintaining a safe and accident-free construction site. Unfortunately, many employers and contractors still fall short in protecting construction workers from workplace hazards. If you are a worker that has been hurt while on duty at a construction site, our New York legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to help you file a civil claim. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to discuss your situation with a construction accident lawyer today.

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