Category Archives: Workplace Injury

Michael Barasch Comments on Article “Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers”

Blue collar workers have always faced a higher risk of having a fatal workplace accident than white collar workers. That older workers in this group are even more at risk comes as no surprise. But we should resist the urge to chalk this up to failing eyesight or diminished strength alone. Common workplace accidents like… Read More »

SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Court sketch by Alba Acevedo | Brooklyn Daily Eagle Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to… Read More »

Rally with mock funeral procession calls for better safety at NYC’s construction sites

Mike Barasch applauded the construction union members’ demonstration outside his office, by City Hall. The 18 construction deaths in NYC last year should serve as a cruel reminder how dangerous a job these men and women have. “Construction safety must be a paramount concern whenever buildings are erected. We are all happy to see cranes… Read More »

Construction Worker Falls 25 Feet in Midtown Accident

A construction worker at a Hudson Yards apartment complex project reportedly fell 25 feet on August 3. The worker was on the second floor of the building when witnesses say he plunged through a crevice. He was treated for serious injuries at Bellevue Hospital. Representatives for the Hunter Roberts Construction Group indicated they were cooperating… Read More »

Court Says an Extension Cord is not Proper Hoisting Equipment

An appeals court told the City of New York that it has to give laborers doing brick work at a public school suitable materials, such as a mechanical hoist, to raise and lower buckets of cement from one level of the work site to another. The plaintiff, who worked for the contractor renovating the school… Read More »

Silica Poses Hazard for New York Construction Workers

For construction workers, artists or residents exposed to sandblasting and other forms of abrasive cleaning, there is danger in the air. Silica is a common mineral used in the sandblasting process that can cause lung injury, disease and death. After the attack on the World Trade Towers and their collapse, New York residents, emergency responders… Read More »