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Heat-related illnesses can be compensated

The Big Apple has seen some insufferably hot weather this summer — and it's only July.

Every summer in the city and elsewhere around the United States, outdoor workers suffer serious complications from heat-induced illnesses, and some even die. Over 40 percent of heat-related on-the-job fatalities happen to those working construction.

3 essential construction safety tips

Being a construction worker is commendable work. You must bear heavy loads, use dangerous tools and work from dangerous heights every day. These tasks may make you feel like a superhero, but they are also stressful and hazardous. 

You have a significant risk of getting an injury on construction sites. In fact, one in five occupational fatalities were in construction in 2016. So how can you stay safe as a construction worker? Here are some good guidelines to follow.

Is that head injury an epidural hematoma?

A construction worker who suffers an on-the-job head injury might feel pressure to "work through" it, especially if there is no blood or initial loss of consciousness.

That pressure could come from a foreman or coworkers or could be self-motivated if the construction worker is worried about taking time off of work. But that could be a fatal mistake if the injured worker's post-accident conscious state is actually a lucid interval.

Contaminated water sources at New York City hospitals

When you consider all that might go wrong to create the perfect storm of premises liability, people typically might think of crumbling building facades, unsafe elevators or cluttered passageways. But they probably wouldn't focus on poorly-maintained water tanks.

Perhaps they should. A recent report by City & State New York detailed the state of rooftop water tanks for many of New York City's hospitals. It was grim.

New York City's most dangerous jobs

Working in New York City can be hazardous to your health. While the construction industry is booming, there are definitely dangers associated with working in the field of construction.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in one recent year, 71 workers died on their jobs. Many of these were working as laborers or doing construction jobs.

Demostrators snarl traffic, demand funds for speed cameras

If you had difficulty getting to your after-work destination last evening in Midtown, you were certainly not alone.

Traffic was backed up for blocks on Thursday, June 21, as demonstrators took to the streets of Manhattan protesting the state legislators' failure to allocate funds to continue operating the funding for 140 anti-speed cameras at locations near New York City schools.

1 dead, 1 injured at Manhattan construction site

A tragedy unfolded last month in midtown Manhattan when a construction worker was injured and a security guard at the site was killed by a falling glass panel. The accident occurred on Saturday, May 26, during the morning hours.

According to reports, the site of the skyscraper under construction is the Central Park Tower located on 57th Street, two blocks to the south of Central Park between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The planned height of the building is 1,550 feet. Upon its completion, it will be the building with the highest roof height in the United States.

New York construction worker deaths on the rise

If you count yourself among those who earn a living working at a New York construction site, you may know all too well that aches and pains are frequently part of the job. There is a fine line between work-related stress on your body and serious injuries that can impact or end your entire life, however, and in New York, construction worker fatalities are continuing to rise.

According to Safety + Health, fatal injuries among construction workers have risen since 2016, despite the fact that the number of projects under construction in the state has not. Additionally, safety advocates believe that the uptick in construction worker fatal injuries is the result of “rampant safety violations” that continue to be an issue statewide, and particularly within non-union construction work environments.

Did your slip and fall accident occur on others' property?

Maybe a friend had left his garden hose out in a tangled snarl, and you tripped when walking up to the house at dusk. Perhaps you slipped on spilled liquid and took a tumble in a local market.

Either way, you're left with a painful injury and medical bills that you can't afford to pay. Do you have the right to sue?

Do you practice ladder safety on the job?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the principal cause of construction workers' deaths is falls. Of the total fall fatalities, about a third occur in falls off ladders.

In one recent year, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported that ladder mishaps were responsible for 76 construction worker deaths and 5,900 instances of lost time from work.

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