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Investigation found multiple problems related to fatal NYCHA elevator incident

Mishaps with elevators can have major consequences. They could even cause deaths. This is illustrated in a tragic incident that occurred here in New York City a few months ago.

The incident involved an elevator operated by the New York City Housing Authority. The elevator was located in a senior housing development in the city.

Accurate vessel radio transmissions can be key in emergencies

When a maritime vessel gets into an accident or ends up in other distress, search/rescue operations being able to quickly get to the vessel's location and provide it with help is vital. One thing that can play a significant role in a distressed ship promptly getting help is a ship's radio.

So, one would hope that commercial vessel owners that have radios aboard their vessels would make sure the radio equipment is in proper condition, to help ensure it would work properly in the event the vessel's crew would need to use it to request help.

Ladder jack scaffolds in construction work

There are many different types of scaffolds that can be used in construction. Each different type of scaffold has unique safety considerations related to it. In today's post, we will discuss safety issues regarding a scaffold type that's use is pretty popular and widespread in construction: ladder jack scaffolds.

A ladder jack scaffold uses portable ladders and ladder jacks (triangle-shaped brackets) to allow for a work platform to be in an elevated position. In such scaffolds, portable ladders serve as the supports for the platform. Such scaffolds are generally very portable, adaptable and quick to erect/dismantle.

Safety concerns in deck barge work

One of the places a maritime worker's job duties could take them is aboard a deck barge. Barges that have a main deck that is flat and continuous are deck barges.

There are many different types of accidents that could possibly occur aboard such barges. Deck barge accidents can cause considerable harm to maritime workers. The injuries from such an accident could leave a worker extremely concerned about their financial and employment future. Lawyers experienced in matters involving maritime injuries can provide victims of maritime accidents, such as deck barge accidents, with explanations of their rights and give them guidance regarding what options related to compensation they may have.

New construction trends and safety

Many different trends are currently occurring in the construction industry. As with other construction matters, when it comes to new construction trends, safety is a very important thing to think about. In today’s post, we will discuss some of the trends that have recently come up in the construction industry and some of the safety matters such trends can touch on.

Some of the new trends in construction are trends in what sorts of materials are being used in construction projects. Three types of materials that have been trending up in the construction industry lately are polyaspartic coatings, concrete roofing tiles and 3D-printer-created materials. Now, every type of construction material can have its own particular safety issues related to it. So, one hopes that construction companies, when adopting new materials into their construction processes, make sure to be aware of what particular safety concerns the new materials can raise and appropriately address these concerns.

The Fatal Seas: Part 2


Welcome to part 2 of our 3 part series examining the dangers facing workers in longshoring and marine terminals. Far too many workers are injured or killed in preventable accidents, and we hope shining a light on the negligence at play can result in more awareness for the need to make safety a priority. 

Check out Part 1 here.

The Fatal Seas: Part 1


It is a given that some occupations at sea such as fishing in remote areas are accompanied by a significant risk of injury or death. Television shows such as Deadliest Catch have brought those real life dangers into the living rooms of people around the world. 

What isn't so well known is just how ordinary many of the dangers facing maritime workers are. Working to accomplish an ordinary task can quickly turn into a maritime worker fighting for his or her life.

In this three part series, we will examine the longshoring and marine injury categories identified by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): 

  • Vehicular Accidents
  • Falls/Drowning Accidents
  • Material Handling Accidents

The Jones Act And You: 3 Things To Know


Going without benefits or compensation after an accident is simply not an option for the vast majority of seamen. That outcome would spell certain doom for most maritime families, leaving them without the financial resources they need to make ends meet. 

If you have been hurt at sea or on-the-job, you need to know the following three things about The Jones Act and how it pertains to your case. You also need the help of an experienced lawyer who understands the ins and outs of this crucial law. 

Construction falls, rebar and impalement risks

Fall injuries suffered during construction work can be quite severe. After suffering such injuries, a construction worker may be very worried about their own future and their family’s future. Construction accident attorneys can advise victims of construction falls on their rights and on what legal options may be able to help with protecting their and their family’s financial future in regards to the ramifications of their injures.

Among the types of serious injuries construction workers can suffer in falls are impalement injuries. One of the things commonly found on construction sites that can create impalement risks is rebar.

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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