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December 2015 Archives

Workplace accident: Electrocution causes 10 percent of fatalities

Each year large numbers of workers nationwide, including in New York, suffer electrical shocks or burns caused by electrical currents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 141 reported deaths from electricity exposure in 2013 increased to 156 in 2014. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says approximately 10 percent of all workplace accident deaths are electrocutions.

Trench collapse: Grave digger narrowly escapes death

A New York worker narrowly escaped his own death while he was digging a grave. A grave is no different from a trench in that it is a long narrow excavation cut into the surface of the earth. When an open grave caves in, the worker is exposed to the same hazards as in a trench collapse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into worker safety at the various cemeteries throughout metropolitan New York area where this company operates its grave digging business.

New York construction worker deaths reach alarming numbers

There is mounting concern over the safety of construction workers in New York. The numbers of construction worker deaths and injuries have risen significantly, and federal investigators have reported that the majority of the incidents were entirely avoidable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has, in many cases, determined that construction company owners focus on speedy completion of projects rather than worker safety.

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