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Contractors cited after construction crane boom hits power lines

A general contractor and two subcontractors have been cited for six serious and willful workplace safety violations after two construction workers were injured last year. A crane boom came into contact with high-voltage power lines, and approximately 14 kilovolts of electricity shot down the crane's hoist line to the men working below.

BLS: 121 people died in workplace fires and explosions in a single year

Even though most people feel relatively safe while at work, the truth is that countless workplace accidents occur every day -- some of which caused by extreme events such as fires and explosions.

What would you do if a robot injured you on the construction site?

Robots are gaining traction in every industry. The fastest-growing sector of robotics is called "cobots," or collaborative robots, and they're being introduced even faster. Robots have been around since the 1960s, but cobots can do much more than mere robots. They've even tried using them as security guards.

Is workers' comp the only option following a construction accident?

If you ever suffer a serious on-the-job construction injury, you may be left unable to work and facing long-term medical treatment. While workers' comp may be able to help cover some of your expenses, the truth is that many injured workers may be entitled to more than just workers' comp -- especially if their injury was caused by a third party.

New York City Council approves six of 21 construction safety bills

Ever since 21 different construction safety bills (collectively known as the Construction Safety Act) were introduced in New York City several months ago, safety advocates have been patiently waiting to see how the City Council's Committee on Housing and Building would vote on these crucial measures. Well, the wait is now over, at least when it comes to six pieces of this very important legislation.

New coalition campaigns for approval of NYC safety law

Almost every week, it seems, New York City tragically loses another construction worker in what could have been a preventable accident. At the time of this blog, there have been a total of 33 construction worker deaths in NYC in the past two years. Increasing safety standards and training improvements seem to be key to avoiding even more fatal accidents in the future.

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