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New York City Construction Accidents: Labor Law 240 Cases

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Under the New York Labor Law Section 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law,” New York construction workers are provided certain protections while working at elevated heights. The Scaffold Law protects construction workers who are injured as a result of a fall from an elevated height or are hit by a falling object. 

Who is protected under Labor Law 240?

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Defective Hard Hats May Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) contributes to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDCP, one of the leading causes of TBIs is being stuck in the head by an object. The CDCP estimates that approximately fifteen percent of those struck in the head by an object will die as a result of the TBI.

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Burn Injury in the Workplace

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfatal workplace injuries occurred at an average rate of 2.9 reported cases per every 100 employees (approximately 2.9 million) in 2016 with a reported tally of 5,190 fatal work injuries in that same year. Workplace injury involving burns, whether caused by fire, chemicals, or otherwise, account for many labor injuries that occur. 

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Nurses Face Increased Risk of Workplace Violence

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The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has estimated that 2 million Americans a year are subjected to violence in the workplace.  Specifically, there has been new light shed on the violence that many health care providers face on a daily basis.  More specifically, nurses are the most likely to experience violence, with up to 82% of emergency room nurses reporting that they have been the subject of physical violence, and 100% claiming they had been subjected to verbal violence, according to a survey conducted by the Emergency Nurses Association. 

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Forklift Accident Results In the Death of a Young Brooklyn Man

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A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was tragically killed in a forklift accident on June 10th, 2014. Police reported that the young man was using an electric pallet stacker to push a Yale electric forklift up a ramp towards the roof of a Midwood supermarket in Brooklyn. Although the forklift was being guided by another employee, it still unfortunately rolled backward and fatally pinned the young worker against a wall.

The Brighton Beach resident, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No arrests were made.

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