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Construction site falls: What happens when they try to blame the worker?

Can working in construction be dangerous? Of course, especially in New York since construction workers are often required to work at great heights. Fortunately, New York has some of the toughest worker protection laws in the country.

Five questions to answer after an NYC construction injury

A construction injury can be a life-changing event for you and your family. Though it may be obvious that you or your loved one has been seriously hurt (or has passed away), you may be wondering about how to make sure your medical and personal expenses are covered, both now and in the future. Many people ask these five important questions in the aftermath of a New York City construction accident.

As construction projects increase, risks from mobile cranes rise

America's construction injury is booming. The rate of construction in the U.S. is at an all-time high. That's great news for people in the industry, but it's important to remember that more projects also means more injuries, even if every project were run with safety as a top priority. All kinds of accidents increase when construction projects do.

Construction worker suffers fatal fall down elevator shaft

According to authorities, a 22-year-old construction worker died last Friday after falling down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan construction site -- making it the most recent construction fatality in a long string of incidents stretching back over the last few years.

Study: Older people are working longer, fatal injuries are rising

A 2013 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll asked older American workers -- those between about 55 and 70 -- about their job duties. A full 44 percent reported that their jobs required physical effort either "most of the time" or "almost all of the time." And yes, 36 percent reported that they have a harder time completing those physical duties than they used to.

Top 10 OSHA violations on construction sites

Despite the fact that there are several rules and regulations in place to protect construction workers, countless injuries occur every year on construction sites throughout New York City. In many cases, these injuries are the direct result of decisions made by property owners and general contractors to skirt -- or outright ignore -- these mandatory safety guidelines.

Man who lost his leg in forklift accident awarded $17 million

A security guard in another state was patrolling a PennySaver USA facility when he was struck from behind by a forklift. The forklift driver was operating the vehicle in reverse.

OSHA fines demolition company after death at Fishkill Gap center

A distribution center for the Gap stores was destroyed by fire last year on Aug. 29 of last year On Dec. 10, a man operating an excavator as part of the demolition was killed. A 100-foot section of roof truss or joist slid loose and rammed into the excavator, piercing it. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined his employer for a serious safety violation.

Changes in workforce demographics will affect workplace injuries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that workers aged 65 and older are working longer rather than retiring. In fact, they are expected to represent the fastest growing labor group through 2024. The number of employees between the ages of 25 and 54 is expected to rise at a substantially lower rate during that period. Part of this is due to a drop in the birth rate since the Baby Boom. Part likely has to do with retirement savings losses during the Great Recession keeping many people from retiring as expected.

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