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How to Prevent Crane Accident Injury and Deaths

The majority of crane accident injuries and fatalities are caused by a few common reasons. Understanding the common causes of crane accidentsis important to understanding how to prevent such accidents and how to prevent workers and their families from suffering.Last May, the Center for Construction Research and Training described several things that can be done to prevent crane related accidents.* Specifically, it was suggested that:

How to Prevent Crane Accident Injury and Deaths

The majority of crane accident injuries and fatalities are caused by a few common reasons. Understanding the common causes of crane accidentsis important to understanding how to prevent such accidents and how to prevent workers and their families from suffering.Last May, the Center for Construction Research and Training described several things that can be done to prevent crane related accidents.* Specifically, it was suggested that:

Maintenance and Cure: What You Need to Know if You've Been Hurt at Sea

If you've been hurt in a maritime accident, lawyers in New York and New Jersey may be able to help you recover damages. You can contact a maritime lawyer anytime after your injury; however, the sooner you call, the sooner your admiralty attorney can get to work protecting your rights.Many maritime workers are covered by the Jones Act. The Jones Act, which applies to seamen, allows seamen to recover damages for maintenance and cure until they reach the maximum medical cure. Maintenance is meant to provide a daily allowance to injured workers for their housing and food costs while they are on shore. Cure is meant to provide compensation for medical treatment up until the point you stop improving or making medical progress, or when you have reached the maximum medical cure.The New York and New Jersey admiralty lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer are experienced in helping seamen recover damages for their injuries. If you've been hurt, then you may be entitled to damages that can make a big difference in your physical health and financial recovery. Please contact us today at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or via our online contact form for a free consultation as soon as possible after your accident so that we can get started helping you recover the damages that you deserve. 

Can the Problem of Railroad Fatigue be Fixed?

Railroad fatigue causes many New Jersey and New York train accidents each year, as well as accidents around the country. The problem affects not only train engineers but also crew members, conductors, and switch operators, thus putting many railroad employees and passengers at risk of injury.

Different Groups Have Different Roles in Combating Fatigue
In June 2010, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) issued a background paper entitledFighting Fatigue in the Rail Industry. As part of that paper, the AAR discusses the scientifically based fatigue countermeasures that railroads and their employees are pursuing*.Some specific fatigue countermeasures include:

OSHA and Shipbuilding Group Announce Safety Alliance

On September 24, 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Shipbuilding Group announced an Alliance to help protect shipbuilder workers' safety. The Shipbuilding Group, includes the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). Together these groups represent shipyards with more than 150,000 machinists, sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipefitters and others involved in shipbuilding. This includes the majority of naval and commercial shipbuilders in the United States. The purpose of the Alliance is to educate workers about their rights and risks of harm and to provide employers with information and training to keep workers safe. The Alliance is targeting safety generally and the following dangers more specifically: slip, trip and falls accidents, musculoskeletal injuries, and struck by injuries. Previous Alliances between OSHA and shipbuilders have focused on protecting workers from the dangers of electrocution, welding, and the inhalation of dangerous gases. Shipbuilding workers and employers are urged to contact OSHA, ASA, NSRP or SCA for more information about this important program or to get started protecting shipbuilding workers' safety. If you are a shipbuilder who has been hurt on the job, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced New Jersey and New York shipbuilder injury lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer today at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information. 

How to Prevent Serious Eye Injuries on a Construction Site

Many eye injuries are avoidable. Of course, the best type of protection is to avoid the accident altogether. Yet, it is still important to appropriately respond to an eye accident in order to avoid a more severe injury.What Your Employer Can Do Before You Get HurtBefore an injury occurs, an employer should evaluate the construction site, remove any risks of eye injuries, train construction workers on how to avoid eye injuries, and provide protective equipment for the unforeseen risks.What Your Employer Can Do After You Get HurtIt is also important to have a protocol in place to immediately handle any eye injuries on a construction site. For example, an eye wash or sterile solution should be kept with the first aid supplies in a known and easily accessible place. Additionally, workers should be instructed to call 911 if a co-worker has been injured.What You Should Do After You Get Hurt If you suffer a construction eye injury, then it is important to get prompt medical attention. A delay in medical treatment could lead to loss of eyesight. After your immediate medical needs have been attended to, you should then call the experienced New Jersey and New York construction eye injury attorneys of Hoffman & Schweitzer at 1-800-362-9329. We will fight for your just recovery. 

How to Prevent Serious Eye Injuries on a Construction Site

Many eye injuries are avoidable. Of course, the best type of protection is to avoid the accident altogether. Yet, it is still important to appropriately respond to an eye accident in order to avoid a more severe injury.What Your Employer Can Do Before You Get HurtBefore an injury occurs, an employer should evaluate the construction site, remove any risks of eye injuries, train construction workers on how to avoid eye injuries, and provide protective equipment for the unforeseen risks.What Your Employer Can Do After You Get HurtIt is also important to have a protocol in place to immediately handle any eye injuries on a construction site. For example, an eye wash or sterile solution should be kept with the first aid supplies in a known and easily accessible place. Additionally, workers should be instructed to call 911 if a co-worker has been injured.What You Should Do After You Get Hurt If you suffer a construction eye injury, then it is important to get prompt medical attention. A delay in medical treatment could lead to loss of eyesight. After your immediate medical needs have been attended to, you should then call the experienced New Jersey and New York construction eye injury attorneys of Hoffman & Schweitzer at 1-800-362-9329. We will fight for your just recovery.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a problem on the rails. What is being done to help?

The FRA is beginning a new research project on the impact of traumatic stress on train crews. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is inviting qualified researchers to apply for $50,000 in grant funding to initiate a study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Distress Disorder (ASD), conditions which are frequently suffered by train crews after being involved in collisions at highway-rail grade crossings or trespass incidents involving pedestrians, the two leading causes of fatalities in the railroad industry. Given the size and weight of trains, crews are often unable to stop their trains fast enough to avert these types of incidents, which can lead to psychological trauma for those involved. The selected individual or entity will be required to develop a baseline intervention plan for reducing the effects of traumatic exposure experienced by train crews, and one or more program designs suitable for implementation by rail carriers in partnership with their respective unions and others. Additional funding may be available in future years for expansion of the project. 

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