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.
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.
If you are a New York City construction worker, you accept a certain level of danger on the job, particularly those who work high above the streets of Manhattan or the outer boroughs.
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.
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.
If you work in an office and your co-worker has a crystal meth or heroin problem, the collateral damage of your colleague's drug problem could potentially affect your own job to some degree.
Working on an unsafe job site can lower employee morale and drive up costs. Ensuring the safety of the workers should be top priority for construction company owners.
Winter is a dangerous time for construction workers here in New York City. These environments are always fraught with risk and danger, and wintry conditions only seem to exacerbate the hazards workers face.
When you're working on a construction project here in New York City, one particular hazard of which you must be aware is falling objects. The focus should remain on preventing tools and other objects from falling instead of retrieving them mid-air or on limiting the consequences of their fall.
When you think of all the hazards a construction worker in New York City can face, few people consider the dangers that forklifts can pose. Yet, every year, forklift rollovers cause numerous injuries and even deaths to construction workers.