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How does overexertion cause construction accidents?

When people think of construction accidents, what are the first causes that come to mind? Falls, electrocution and defective equipment are several. However, overexertion is a major risk factor for construction workers. Overexertion accidents may not get as attention as other incidents, but they do occur often. In fact, overexertion is the cause of many nonfatal and fatal construction accidents in New York each year. 

Contractors in this industry work long hours. They hold, pull, twist, lift, push, turn, carry and use heavy items and tools while performing physically demanding and strenuous job tasks. Their work often requires them to push their bodies beyond their capacity. Overexertion can cause serious and crippling injuries. Sprains, strains and soreness often occur in the back, knees, neck, shoulders, arms and wrist. Overexertion can occur in a single instant, or it may be the result of repeated strenuous activity.

Long Island charter bus wreck injures teens

Authorities investigating the cause of a charter bus collision on Sunday, April 8 have shifted their focus to the non-commercial GPS device installed on the bus. It allegedly failed to warn the driver of a low-clearance overpass on Long Island's Southern State Parkway, which lead directly to the crash.

The accident, which happened shortly after 9 p.m., caused serious injuries to at least two high school students on board. Others with less severe injuries also required treatment and were later released from medical facilities in the region.

Unlicensed driver kills 1, injures others in wreck

An unlicensed driver, 37, crashed into motorists and a motorcyclist last weekend on the Long Island Expressway, killing one and injuring eight others, police report. Police charged him with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (third degree), driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance (seventh degree).

According to the Suffolk County authorities, the drugged driver headed west in a Ford pickup truck on the William Floyd Parkway. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, he lost control of the pickup truck as he approached exit 68 in Shirley and collided with a Honda minivan.

Are you in danger at work from dropped tools?

Suppose you're working as a laborer on a New York City construction site. High above you are workers on scaffolds assembling the facade of a building under construction. One worker suffering from seasonal allergies sneezes and drops his hammer.

If you are the hapless worker that gets hit by the tumbling tool, today may be your last day. Not just at work, but on Earth.

Common types of dangerous machinery malfunctions

Every day, construction workers use heavy machinery or work near it. Many types of serious construction injuries happen because a machine malfunctions.

If you sustain a construction injury, you may need substantial funds for medical bills. Your injuries could also prevent you from returning to your previous position, so you may also lose earnings. An attorney who truly understands machinery accidents can develop the most effective strategy to obtain the recovery you need.

Howard R. Sanders, Esq. Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a Two Years AIOPIA'S 10 Best Law Firm in New York For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of New York's Personal Injury Law Firm, Howard R. Sanders, Esq. as Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm for Client Satisfaction.The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOPIA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA's independent evaluation. AIOPIA's annual listwas created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.
One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus onattorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.We congratulate the Howard R. Sanders, Esq. on this achievement and we are honored to have their firm listed as a Two Years AIOPIA 10 Best. 

Know your rights as a tenant

If you live in a New York City apartment, loft or other rental property, you may have your own "landlord horror stories." While not every landlord is a nightmare to deal with, there are some landlords who jeopardize their tenants' safety by failing to maintain the premises.

Because decent, affordable housing is at such a premium in the Big Apple, many tenants feel like they have to put up with a negligent landlord or building super. But it's vital that tenants realize that they have rights in the matter.

Lever may have shut off engine in New York City copter crash

According to New York City authorities, the pilot of a helicopter taking sightseeing tourists aloft that crash-landed on March 11 near Gracie Manor in the East River told those investigating the fatal collision that a lever may have been inadvertently triggered. It's hypothesized that some of the passengers' gear may have hooked on the lever that cuts off the engine in instances of fire.

Five passengers drowned when the crashed helicopter capsized with all five of them strapped into their seats. Only the pilot was able to free himself from his harness and escape the sinking wreckage of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter.

Driver injures 3, kills toddler, 4 and infant, 1

A scene of almost unimaginable carnage unfolded earlier this week in a Brooklyn Park Slope neighborhood. A 44-year-old woman driving a white Volvo plowed into a group of pedestrians in the crosswalk , fatally injuring a 1-year-old infant and a toddler, 4.

As reported by NBC, surveillance footage indicates that the Volvo driver initially stopped for the light. But then she slowly crept forward, avoiding pedestrians crossing near the sidewalk and a vehicle with the right-of-way. Suddenly, she accelerated and collided with the group in the intersection's crosswalk.

Can people with disabilities safely do construction work?

Yes, many people with disabilities can safely do construction work. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that if someone with a disability can perform the job safely, the presence of the disability is immaterial. OSHA also states that employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for employees of varied ability levels.

Here is a look at some adaptations that employers make for workers with disabilities.

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