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Rochester bridge repair accident kills one

A 35-year-old construction worker died after the boat he was working in tipped over in a bridge rehab project on June 22, an Equipment World article reported.

At around 8:30 a.m., responders rushed to the Inner Loop Bridge in Rochester after learning that a construction worker employed by Pike Company fell from the boat he was doing bridge repair in. The construction worker was immediately found dead. Crews operating a dam nearby had to reduce the river flow to allow the responders to extricate the body.

Authorities said the construction worker was equipped with a safety line. However, the line was stuck underwater and his body was caught in an abutment, causing him to drown.

Pike Company, which was given the $5.9 million repair project, said this is the most serious workplace incident the company has ever experienced. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the tragic bridge repair incident.


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.


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.


Manhattan elevator accident left one man dead

A fatal elevator accident at the Upper West Side building on W. 70th St. near Columbus Avenue on Wednesday morning, January 21, claimed the life of a 61-year-old construction worker, the Daily News reported.

At about 8:45 a.m., an unnamed construction worker was inside an elevator shaft when he plummeted from the second floor to the first. He was rushed to St Luke’s Roosevelt hospital for his injuries but was later pronounced dead.

Authorities are still investigating the fatal incident, although a Department of Buildings report indicated that the doors of the elevator were opened and unguarded at the time of the incident. Reportedly, the construction company had been present in the building over the past several months, as they worked to connect two buildings.

Our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, sends our deepest thoughts and condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.


Two workers safe after 1WTC rescue

Two workers were rescued after being trapped in a window-washing rig that hung steeply at the 68th floor of the country’s highest building, the One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, CNN reported on November 13.

About 2:15 p.m., rescuers were able to pull 41-year-old Juan Lizama and 33-year-old Juan Lopez to safety after sawing thick layers of glass panes on the building’s 68th floor. The workers were transported to Bellevue Hospital Center with mild hypothermia, but fortunately no other injuries.

The window-washer rig was supplied by Tractel, a material handling company that also designed the scaffolding that collapsed at a building in Manhattan a year ago. The company has not yet commented on the issue.

Construction workers who are exposed to the everyday dangers of a work site should be supplied adequately with the quality safety equipment they need. However, some employers fail to equip their workers with quality safety tools or support, making them vulnerable to injuries, or even death. If you believe a negligent employer has caused you harm in New York, seek the help of one of our qualified and assertive construction accident attorneys 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 invites employers and workers to ‘stand down’ for construction falls

A campaign by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to raise awareness about fall hazards and prevention in the construction industry will take place from June 2 to June 6.

The OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Stand-Down aims to have over 25,000 business owners and 500,000 workers in the country “stand down,” and discuss fall hazards and prevention. In addition to this goal, OSHA hopes to inform 1 of 10 construction workers in the country about recognizing and preventing fall hazards to increase safety in the workplace.

Last year, 269 of the 775 deaths reported in the construction industry were fall-related.

The OSHA believes fall accidents are preventable. However, many employers still flounder to keep their workplace free of any fall hazards. If you have ever been injured while working at a construction site in New York, consult with an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling 866-LAWS-USA to learn more about pursuing civil action.


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