Fatal Construction Accidents Highlight Need for Enforcement of Safety Laws

The deaths of two construction workers from falls on Monday were tragic reminders of the dangers involved in construction work.  One worker fell to his death at a site at 161 Maiden Lane, and the other at a work site at 400 W. 33rd St.  Both construction sites have been previously issued safety violations and fines. Our thoughts are with the families of these men as they cope with this terrible loss. Construction work is extraordinarily dangerous, and with the increase in building in New York there has been a corresponding rise in fatal accidents. Read more

Scaffold Laws Need Strengthening, Not Repealing

A construction company owner who ignored repeated warnings by the Department of Buildings to install guardrails at a building site has been charged with manslaughter  and indicted in connection with the death of a worker who fell six stories to his death. This story highlights the hazards of construction jobs and the need to insure that laws protecting workers are enforced. The dangers involved in construction and scaffolding work led the New York State Legislature to pass Labor Law Section 240 and 241(6) to protect construction workers. Scaffold and ladder accidents are usually caused by negligent Read more

Unsafe Injections

        When you roll up your sleeve to get an injection do you ever think about asking the doctor or nurse whether they are reusing the needle? Most people would never think to, but unsafe injections are a serious and potentially deadly problem. The recent articles regarding thousands of patients in upstate New York who may have been exposed to life threatening diseases due to hospitals reusing insulin pens are only the most recent example of how unsafe injection practices can expose patients to deadly illnesses. Read more