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Stop Work Authority – A New York Guide

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What is Stop Work Authority? Stop Work Authority (SWA) is a program structured to help prevent accidents from occurring on the job by creating a “safety first” culture. Its design encourages employees and contract workers to step forward and halt working on a job if an unsafe condition is perceived to be present. It is a…

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NY Scaffold Law (Labor Law 200, 240, 241)

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It’s no secret construction is one of the most dangerous fields to work in, but what might be less known is workers in New York have specific legal protection under specific sections of the state’s labor law. Unfortunately, construction accidents happen more often than we’d like to hear about. In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of…

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NYC Scaffolding Accident Prevention Guide

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At any given construction site, you’ll find scaffolds as part of the landscape. Designed as temporary structures, scaffolds enable construction companies to gain access to higher levels of buildings and serve as platforms for both the site’s workers and materials they need to get the job done.  According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

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Why Are NYC Construction Site Accidents On The Rise?

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New York City Construction Site Injuries New York City construction sites have experienced a significant spike in accidents. A December 2018 Crain’s New York Business report indicates the year 2018 proved to be the most dangerous year for construction workers since the beginning of the 2008 recession. In 2019 over 287 injuries and five deaths…

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Toy guns can cause serious and even blinding eye injuries

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On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in products liability on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. “You’ll shoot your eye out.” We’re all familiar with that line from the iconic holiday movie A Christmas Story in response to the leading character’s repeated requests for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. However, many children do…

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Winter brings added dangers for outdoor workers

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On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in construction accidents on Friday, December 23, 2016. Here in New York, we’re used to extremely cold, snowy, icy winters. However, for people who make their living outdoors, such as construction workers, utility employees and tow truck operators, can face dangerous health consequences from exposure to cold,…

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Study: Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving

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On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in car accidents on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Drunk and distracted driving receive a good deal of media attention, and rightfully so. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. With many Americans not getting enough sleep, working long hours and having lengthy commutes, it’s become a…

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Avoid these four things for a safer work experience

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On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in construction accidents on Friday, December 9, 2016. Construction site accidents can happen for a multitude of reasons. Too often, they are the result of lax safety measures by companies, contractors and worksite managers or by poor safety training of workers. While these individuals and entities are…

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Electronic cigarettes are among the latest exploding devices

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On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in products liability on Monday, November 28, 2016. Electronic cigarettes experienced a significant rise in popularity in the early years after they came on the market as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Their sales rose to some $2 billion last year. Some e-cigs contain no tobacco, while…

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A surprising number of people are killed in garages, parking lots

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On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in car accidents on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Many New Yorkers are extra cautious at this time of year because they know that increased holiday traffic, drunk drivers and slippery roads can make for hazardous travel. However, you shouldn’t let your guard down once you pull into…

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