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November 2018 Archives

Construction workers' accidents: Crane accident leads to charges

When employers in New York are deemed grossly negligent in cases that led to serious injuries to workers, they stand a chance of being criminally charged. One of the many construction workers' accidents in New York led to assault charges against a subcontractor and a site superintendent after two workers suffered life-altering injuries. The incident that gave rise to these charges occurred in June.

Construction workers' accidents: Date for new law postponed

With increased activities in the New York City building industry, concern about worker safety led to a new law that mandates more training. The New York City Department of Buildings has data that indicates a significant rise in injuries and deaths resulting from construction workers' accidents. Although the law that had already been revised once was planned to become effective on Dec. 1, 2018, the deadline has now been moved to June 1, 2019.

Extreme cold can cause construction workers' accidents

As the harsh New York winter weather approaches, employees who work outdoors need special protection to avoid injuries related to extreme cold. Construction workers' accidents can be prevented if employers schedule most of the indoor jobs for the coldest days. Two of the most common weather-related conditions during winter months include hypothermia and frostbite, both of which make workers vulnerable to additional injuries.

New York officials launch annual campaign to limit car accidents

For the third consecutive year, New York City officials launched their "Dusk and Darkness" campaign. It is an extension of the Vision Zero Action Plan that was created in 2014, and it aims to eliminate deaths and injuries on New York roads. Accident statistics of previous years show a definite increase in car accidents during the winter months. However, the Dusk and Darkness campaign proved successful in limiting the traditional end-of-year spike in traffic fatalities.

Frequent gridlocks to occur in November

New York has some of the most congested streets in the world, and they are about to get even worse. When traffic becomes so bad that all the vehicles on the street spend minutes trying to move a foot, they are in the middle of a gridlock. Despite New York’s numerous travel methods, many residents still find themselves using a car, taxi or bus for some reason to get around the massive city.

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