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Your drug use could affect an on-the-job injury claim

If you get injured on the job, you can draw unemployment compensation benefits. Many workers in New York City take that as a given. But there are situations where an employee gets injured and their workers' comp benefits may be in jeopardy due to their own actions.

Are you at risk from hazardous energy at work?

Chances are that if you are a New York City construction worker, you work in the vicinity of hazardous energy nearly every day. You come into contact with pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, chemical, thermal and mechanical sources of energy while carrying out your duties. All can prove harmful or deadly under the wrong set of circumstances, e.g., when the equipment is undergoing maintenance and servicing.

Worker killed in horrific accident with crane

On April 13, a construction worker from Brooklyn was working on a site in SoHo located at the intersection of Broome and Varick Streets. There, at the Holland Tunnel, he and his crew toiled, working the graveyard shift to assemble a huge crane. At approximately 3:15 a.m., a counterweight weighing 7.5 tons slammed into him. According to New York City officials, he died at the site.

New York files suit against federal agency over safety rules

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) struck down the requirement that companies with at least 250 workers submit yearly employee illness and injury reports. The agency said the change was made due to concerns that sensitive employee information was being disclosed publicly.

Staying safe in the extreme cold on a construction site

The winters in New York can be unforgiving. From ice to snow to sleet to freezing rain; there's just too much going on that can cause you injuries. If you work in construction you know that the weather plays a major role in whether or not you can complete a project on time. Working construction in the winter can be dangerous, especially in the extreme cold temperatures, so be sure to follow the safety tips presented today.

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