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Teens almost twice as likely to suffer on-the-job injuries

Nonfatal injury rates for teenagers in Massachusetts is nearly twice that of workers who are at least 25 years old, and nearly half of teen workers who were injured on the job from 2011 to 2015 did not receive health and safety training from their employers, according to a report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For more than 25 years, the Young Workers: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has tracked work-related injuries to teens under age 18, and has collaborated with partners on a variety of initiatives to prevent injuries to ... Read More

On-the-job injury leaves New Jersey man disabled

A 36-year-old former steel worker disabled after sustaining serious injuries while on the job at a construction site in New Jersey will receive $5.3 million. The settlement agreement comes just one month before the case was scheduled to go to trial, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. Richard Collier filed his lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey against Airport Road Construction Management, its subsidiary Airport Road Construction, and Monmouth Equipment Sales. The case was managed by Superior Court Judge Vincent LeBlon. Collier was employed by subcontractor 360 Steel Erectors, which was hired along with several other ... Read More

Construction managers face assault charges after serious worksite accident

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has filed assault charges against a superintendent and branch manager at a construction site after two ironworkers were “gravely injured” at the jobsite. The incident occurred in June 2018 at a luxury residential construction site in Harlem where a Jekko mini crane fell several stories severely injuring two workers. Terrence Edwards, 39, and Timothy Braico, 41, were charged for their role in allowing an untrained employee to operate the crane, which led to the horrific accident. Vance said in a statement, “158,000 New Yorkers now make up our city’s construction workforce. It’s these ... Read More

Florida manufacturer fined $400,000 for worker safety violations

Hialeah, Florida-based PGT Industries Inc., operating as CGI Windows and Doors Inc., was hit with nearly $400,000 in fines by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an inspection prompted after an employee at the plant suffered a partial finger amputation while working on an unguarded punch press. The penalties include the maximum amount allowed by law for worker safety violations that can cause life-altering injury, OSHA said in a statement. The window and door manufacturer was cited for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and failing to ... Read More

Court reinstates railroad worker’s emotional distress claims against employer

A railroad worker identified only as M.M. claims she was exposed to toxic diesel and exhaust fumes while on the job, and though medical testing didn’t reveal she suffered any health issues from the fumes, she claims the incident caused emotional distress and filed suit against her employer, Port Authority Trans Hudson Corp, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. M.M. says that as a signal designer for Port Authority, she was overcome by the dangerous fumes while working in a railroad tunnel in December 2012. She fainted and was taken to the hospital. A CT scan didn’t reveal any ... Read More

Aluminum extractor managers indicted for obstructing justice in worker death investigation

Two Extrudex Aluminum Inc., managers were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Ohio for obstructing justice during a U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into the death of one worker and the serious injury of another. OHSA was investigating an incident in 2012 during which an employee died when a rack containing hot aluminum parts tipped over and pinned him down. A second employee was severely burned in the incident. OSHA investigated and cited Extrudex Aluminum for exposing workers to struck-by, pinned-under, and burn hazards, and for failing to provide ... Read More

Photo of lineman’s injury on the job garners thousands of shares

The photo is difficult to look at. A Texas lineman who traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to help restore power in areas hit by Tropical Storm Michael suffered multiple broken bones in his leg and ankle after a tree trunk fell on top of him. Thomas Wesley Duncan was part of a crew that was attempting to clear a downed tree that struck a line when the tree fell on him. His wife, Kelly Duncan, posted on Facebook a photo of her husband taken after “the guys” got the tree off him and before emergency medical services (EMS) arrived. ... Read More

OSHA aims to reduce excavation, trench-related deaths by 10%

Excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly twice the average of the previous five years, making evacuation and trenching operations one of the most dangerous in the construction industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trench collapses or cave-ins pose the greatest risk to these workers, as one cubic yard of dirt can weigh as much as a Honda Civic. “Trench deaths have more than doubled nationwide since last year – an alarming and unacceptable trend that must be halted,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “There is ... Read More

Temp worker sues Estee Lauder over finger amputations

A temporary worker is suing cosmetic giant Estee Lauder in federal court accusing the company of having a faulty paper cushioning machine in its shipping facility that caused the traumatic amputations of three of her fingers with its guillotine-type mechanism, leaving her with pain, embarrassment, and discomfort in performing everyday routines. Alexis Bookard of Levittown, Philadelphia, filed the suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., of New York, New York, and Northtec LLC of Bristol, Pennsylvania. The case was later removed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. ... Read More

NYC sees increase in construction worker accidents, injuries and deaths

New York City is in the midst of a building boom with $15 billion of new construction from January 2018 to May 2018. During that time, the city also saw an increase in construction-related accidents, injuries and fatalities compared to the same time period last year, according to the city’s Department of Buildings. Accidents in New York City during the first seven months of 2018 rose about 18.4 percent from 386 to 457, and injuries jumped about 17 percent from 401 to 469. Construction-related deaths during that same time period increased from four to eight. Among the five boroughs, Manhattan ... Read More