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Why do crane accidents happen?

This morning, a crane collapse in TriBeCa left one man dead, two people seriously injured and a fourth with minor injuries. There was property damage too. As it fell, the crane clipped at least one building and crushed a row of parked cars. The force of the collapse caused a water main break, as well as a possible gas main break.

Reports say that the crane, which was owned by Bay Crane and operated by Galasso Trucking and Rigging, had previously operated as high as 20 stories. It was being moved into a secure position because of high winds when the incident occurred. Workers had blocked off traffic and pedestrians for the move, which probably helped prevent more injuries.

The challenges of Jones Act claims

Compensation through a Jones Act claim can help an injured maritime worker with dealing with the financial ramifications of their injury. However, pursuing a Jones Act claim is often not a simple matter. For one, maritime workers who have brought a Jones Act claim can face vigorous efforts to contest the claim by their employer (and its insurers).

For one, an employer may try to argue that the maritime worker isn't eligible for Jones Act compensation. One of the requirements to have compensation rights under this act is that one must be a seaman. Many factors can impact whether a given worker falls under the definition of a seaman for purposes of the act. So, whether a worker meets this definition can sometimes be a battleground in Jones Act cases

Scaffolding accident leads to injuries and FDNY rescue

On Saturday, January 30, a construction accident caused by faulty scaffolding could have been a tragic event. This tragedy was narrowly averted due to the FDNY's quick response. Four construction workers were repointing windows at the top of a six-story building in Manhattan's Inwood neighborhood. Without warning one of the scaffolding cables broke, causing one end of the scaffolding to fall away. The only thing keeping the workers from plunging to the ground were their safety harnesses.

The workers called for help, according to witnesses, and firefighters responded in minutes. Their quick actions saved all four from catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Firefighters pulled in two workers through open windows. Firefighters threw a rope down and pulled up a third worker. Firefighters stationed an aerial ladder under the fourth worker and pulled him in.

Worker in critical condition after fall at NYC construction site

Falls at construction sites can be incredibly harmful accidents. Just this week, such an accident severely injured a worker here in New York City.

The accident happened yesterday at a Manhattan construction site. A construction worker at the site was on a ladder near an elevator shaft. He was getting ready to put up some drywall on a ceiling. According to authorities, he did not have a safety harness or other safety equipment on.

The importance of cyber security for cargo vessels

In today's world, cyber security has become of great importance for all sorts of industries. The shipping industry is no exception.

Digital and internet technologies have made communicating with and transmitting information to and from cargo vessels out at sea easier than ever for shipping companies. Unfortunately, these technologies can also create hacking vulnerabilities for vessels, as the same channels used for legitimate communication/information-sharing purposes could become channels through which hackers could reach out across the waters and try to get access to a vessel's digital systems.

Four things you need to do after a construction accident

Get the care you need. You probably don't have to be told that construction workers in New York have dangerous jobs. The injuries that construction workers experience can be very serious or even life threatening. That's why getting immediate medical attention is critical after a work injury.

The decision to get medical attention might seem like a clear one when an ambulance has to be called. However, it can be more challenging when you've been injured but can still get around. Many construction workers are tough, hard-working people who are tempted just to work through the pain when they really shouldn't.

Stop-work orders on the increase in New York City

For the sake of both construction workers and the city's citizens in general, one would hope the construction sites here in New York City would be as safe as possible. There are many tools the city has for trying to keep construction sites in the city free of significant dangers. One are stop-work orders.

These are orders that the city's Department of Buildings can issue when it finds that a construction site contains unsafe/hazardous conditions. When issued, such an order mandates a partial or full stop of work (depending on the specifics of the order) at the site until the violations the unsafe/hazardous conditions are rooted in are corrected and other mandated steps are taken.

Electrical accidents aboard maritime vessels

One of the types of work that is sometimes performed aboard maritime vessels is electrical work, such as electrical repairs. As with other types of maritime work, dangers can arise for workers in relation to electrical work aboard ships. One such type of danger is the risk of electrical accidents.

Examples of electrical accidents that can occur in relation to electrical work on maritime vessels include:

  • Electric arcs.
  • Arc flashes (heat/light releases related to electric arcs).
  • Arc blasts (explosive releases of molten material related to electric arcs).
  • Electric shocks.

What you didn't hear about New York's construction accidents

As 2015 comes to a close, one thing is clear: It was another bad year for construction accidents in New York City. According to the city's Buildings Department, hundreds of people have been injured or killed in the last fiscal year.

About a quarter of these injuries and deaths took place on large construction projects in Midtown and attracted a significant amount of media attention when they happened. What the media didn't cover was the remaining three quarters. These accidents occurred on smaller projects in other places in the city, often involving contractors who had been previously cited for safety violations. Many of the accident victims were undocumented immigrant laborers.

What can compromise a hard hat's protective abilities?

Head injury hazards can arise at construction sites. Things that can pose such hazards include objects at risk of falling and large equipment.

A head injury can have severe implications for a construction worker. Such injuries can even result in a construction worker losing their life. 

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  1. The Legal Rights Of Injured Seamen & Other Commercial Mariners

  2. Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone

  3. Are You A Seaman Injured In A Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights

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