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Tag Archives: Work Related Injuries

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Live Injury-Free

There’s a critical health threat that deserves our attention: preventable, serious and life-threatening injuries.  Accidental injury is the #3 leading cause of death for people of all ages. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), preventable deaths rose by 10% in 2016. Injuries don’t discriminate. It’s very likely that you or someone you know has -->

Schenectady County Company Fined After Fatal Explosion

Last October two asphalt workers were killed on the job in a flash fire/explosion. A third worker survived the blast with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s cited two serious violations: -Not taking precautions against having sources of ignition where flammable vapors are present -Not having employees wear -->

Surprising Facts about Workplace Injuries

An infographic featured on the National Safety Council website outlines the scary and surprising reality of workplace injury. You may be surprised by the following: • Every 7 seconds a worker is hurt on the job. eligibility_for_workers_compensation.jpg • 12,900 workers are hurt on the job every day. • The most common types of workplace injuries -->

Workers Injured in Glenville Plant Explosion

On Monday, October 17 multiple workers were injured on the job at a Glenville, NY asphalt plant. The workers suffered burns from a tanker truck blast. According to officials it wasn’t initially clear what caused the blast, but preliminary evidence suggests the valve of the tanker could have malfunctioned. Firefighters from a number of fire -->

Does Your Workplace Have an Injury Free Culture?

Every day workers are hurt on the job, often at no fault of their own. Dekra Insight, an organization of safety consultants and business owners, suggests implementing the following 5 steps for an injury free culture.  1. Establish Alignment & Ownership- this begins when leaders take ownership for safety outcomes and the conditions, climate, and -->

Workplace Injury More Common Than You Think

Many workers assume they are safe on the job, however some common workplace injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, actually occur quite frequently and to workers who have relatively ‘safe’ jobs.  According to the National Institute of Health the leading causes of fatal brain injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, and contact with objects. Each of -->

Causes of Workplace Injuries Explored

In many areas of upstate New York business is booming, from the possibility of ‘Lego Land’ in Orange County to the new casino in Sullivan County, construction sites are and will continue to emerge throughout the state. Not all New Yorkers are in favor of the new businesses being constructed, but one thing we can -->

Walden Man Seriously Injured in Kingston Excavator Accident

A Walden, New York construction worker was directing traffic on Broadway St. in Kingston on May 13th when he was struck by an excavator. The workers were repairing a Central Hudson Gas & Electric gas main when the incident occurred. According to authorities the excavator was backing up when it struck the Walden worker. The -->

Finkelstein & Partners Client, Workplace Accident Victim, awarded $1,500,000 Settlement

Our client, a 25 year old Newburgh, NY man, was working for a large cable company installing fiber optic cable.   He was helping to hitch a trailer to a pick up truck when the trailer shifted on its own and the steel hitch swung and hit him in the ankle.   He suffered a -->

Labor Day Travel, “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

State and local law enforcement will be ramping up efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers throughout September 7th.  The statewide campaign, “Driver Sober or Get Pulled over” was announced earlier this month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Driving drunk is both reckless and selfish, and we have seen too far too many -->

What to Do When You Feel Unsafe At Work

In 1970 the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was passed to prevent serious injury in the workplace. According to the OSH Act workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. Unfortunately, not all employers follow safety guidelines.  In 2013 alone there were 178 fatal workplace injuries in New -->

House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

By Joe Davidson: The House voted Wednesday to cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees and extend their probationary period, making it easier to fire new staffers. Read more here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/29/house-approves-cutting-workplace-protections-for-va-workers/

Space Heater Safety in the Workplace

Are you using space heaters in the workplace because it’s always freezing in your office? You’re not alone. Space heaters can be a common fixture in the workplace during the colder months. However, when they are used incorrectly, space heaters can wreck havoc in the workplace, causing fires, electric sock and even produce carbon monoxide. -->

Creating a Safe Driving Program for Workers

Every year, motor vehicle accidents at work cost employers $60 billion in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity. What’s worse is that our hard workers are seriously injured and unable to work as a result. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) lists the following steps employers can take to build -->

Preventing Hypothermia in Outdoor Workers

Working outdoors in harsh weather conditions can leave workers susceptible to illness like hypothermia. Due to the long-term effects and potential fatalities of cold illnesses, a few prevention tips could save safe a life: Dress the Part: Avoid Cotton and Goose Down Clothing is the single most important resource to keep you warm. Once wet, -->

What Motivates Workers and Supervisors to Work Safely?

A survey recently revealed that the things that motivate workers to buy in to safety procedures are different than what drives supervisors to pay attention to safety. In a recent safety for Safety News Alert, safety managers were asked which training technique they found most effective for increasing safety adoption among employees and supervisors. The -->

Are Occupational Injuries Under-Reported?

The federal government may seriously be undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year, according to some researchers. Michigan State University’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that in 2012, there were 86% more work-related skull fractures in Michigan than were reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS said in -->

Winter Workers and Keeping Them Safe

Winter can affect hundreds of thousands of workers in our area. Under OSHA, each employer is responsible for providing a safe work environment for their employees and must protect workers from winter storms and hazardous weather conditions. OSHA issued more than 2,500 citations from October 2012 through September 2013. Some citations occur because manufacturers miss -->

Yard Work Safety Tips for the Fall

The leaves are beginning to fall and autumn has officially arrived! Although the changing of the leaves may be a pretty sight, it creates more yard work for us by cluttering up our lawns and yards and puts us at risk for injury. Consider the following safety tips to prevent injuries while performing yard work: -->

Work Kills More than War, International Labor Organization Leader Says

The international Labor Organization (ILO) has announced that it will renew its efforts to improve workplace safety and health across the world. ILO Director, General Guy Ryder said the organization would focus on creating a culture of intolerance towards risks at work. ILO plans to strengthen its focus on vulnerable groups such as migrant workers. -->