Workplace Injury Archives

Worker Dies in Elevator Accident in New York

A freight elevator accident in New York ended with one worker dead at a store in Manhattan. The unnamed 43-year old employee was loading merchandise into a freight elevator of the La Reguera Dominica-a discount store-on West 182nd Street in Washington Heights when something went terribly wrong.

Window Washer Dies in Fall from Heights in New York

A tragic fall from heights accident in New York claimed the life of a young man on March 3rd in Tribeca. The young man was employed as a window washer and according to one eyewitness, when his hand slipped he plummeted to the street below, landing on the pavement.

Verdict Finally Reached in Subway Accident Trial--Years After Worker's Death

A deadly subway accident in New York City claimed the life of Subway Maintenance Supervisor James Knell. Knell was fatally electrocuted in April of 2010 after he slipped and fell onto the third rail of a subway line in the Rockways. Knell, 45, had been working the tracks for the past 13 years and was an experienced veteran.

Power Outages Lead to Electrical Burns at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

An electrical accident in New York City's riverfront could have been much worse than it was. Two employees were sent to the hospital and another was placed under medical observation for injuries sustained while trying to repair the power supply at a well-known New York City pier, home of the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum. The three individuals were attempting to solve the power outage that had caused the museum to delay opening on July 8th. Something happened and all three ended up with electrical burns. None of the injuries were life-threatening but two of the individuals could have extended medical difficulties and life-long scarring from electrical burns.

On the Job Injuries in New York - Third Party Negligence

On the job injuries can add significant expenses and stress to most households. From doctor's bills, the cost of medical equipment to lost income, the financial impact of on the job injuries can be devastating. Add to that lost wages from missed shifts and you have a dramatic interruption of your daily life.

Did Teacher of Burned Chemistry Student Ignore Federal Warning?

Earlier this month, a tragic school accident in a New York chemistry class left a young student with disfiguring burns to his face and torso. Investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of a terrible accident at the award-winning Beacon High School on New York's Upper West Side. The accident occurred in the school's chemistry class during what's commonly known as "the Rainbow Experiment." During the exhibition, the teacher use methanol as an accelerant to burn various chemicals producing a rainbow-like effect. Unfortunately, the experiment got out of hand and Alonzo Yanes, a sixteen-year old student (one of 30 in the classroom at the time) was severely burned. Another student's clothing caught fire as did portions of her hair but she escaped serious injury.

Summer Road Construction Puts Workers In Jeopardy

Summertime is when road construction around New York City kicks into high gear. Crews rush to get projects done before the snow falls and adds another layer of complexity to what is already a challenging and dangerous task-upgrading the city's infrastructure while daily commuters are still whizzing past. A study from the December issue of 2004's Monthly Labor Review concerning the safety of construction workers at roadside job sites was recently revisited. New data was added to that previously collected and statistics were updated to include accidents as recent as 2007. The numbers aren't heartening at all.

Safety Sweep at job sites Around New York Finds Over 900 Violations

Last month, a major safety sweep conducted by the offices of the New York City buildings commissioner uncovered a disturbing amount of violations at construction and worksites around the city. Officials visited 90 job sites as part of the 2013 safety sting and were shocked to discover that the majority of the job sites had at least one safety violation while multiple violations were spotted at several others.

Fatal Work Accidents: Compensation for Surviving Family Members

The family of an 18-year-old worker was left grieving last month after the man was struck and killed by the compactor blade of a recycling truck. The accident occurred inside a recycling plant near the East River, in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood. According to witnesses, the man was loading paper into the rear of the truck when the compactor came down on his chest, killing him.

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