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Metro North Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages for Alleged Retaliation Against Injured Employee

In July 2008, William Ordner, an employee of Metro North, was injured. Reports indicate that he suffered a significant knee injury when he stood up after a lunch break. Metro North argued that the knee injury could have happened at any time, and actually occurred while Mr. Ordner was not performing his occupational duties. Thus, the railroad classified the knee injury as non-occupational. Mr. Ordner and the federal government disagree with the classification of this railroad injury.On August 5, 2011, OSHA concluded that the knee injury was an occupational injury, and that Mr. Order was entitled to the protections of the Federal Railroad Safety Act. Accordingly, the agency ordered Metro North to:

More Ways to Prevent New Jersey Trench Cave-in Fatalities

You go to work every day knowing that your excavation work is dangerous and you trust your construction employer to do what is necessary to keep you safe while you are working in a trench. However, it is not just your construction employer who has the ability to keep you safe. Both you and the owner of the property can take certain steps to ensure your safety.How the Owner Can HelpAn owner who knows that trenching or excavation is necessary for the project being commissioned on his or her land should insist on trench safety practices. For example, the property owner could put trench safety provisions in bid documents and contracts to make sure that the construction company understands its obligations.What You Can Do to Help Prevent a New Jersey Trench AccidentAs a worker, you may not control how a trench is made or maintained, but you can control your own actions. For example, it is important to inspect a trench before getting into it and to refuse to get into an unsafe trench.How a New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help After a Trench CollapseWhile you, and the owner, may be able to take proactive steps to help prevent trench accidents, the responsibility for keeping trenches safe often resides with your New Jersey construction employer. If you have been hurt, or a loved one has been killed, in a New Jersey excavation accident, then it is important contact a New Jersey construction accident attorney today at 1-800-362-9329 for more information about your rights and potential recovery. 

Are Your Kids Safe at Your New York Hotel?

Traveling with children can be both rewarding and challenging. There is nothing quite like seeing something through your child's eyes - especially when that something is as novel and grand as New York City. However, it can be challenging to be away from the safety of your own home.Your hotel may not have a responsibility to prevent every foreseeable danger, but there are some responsibilities that your hotel does have to its guests. For example, a hotel may be potentially liable for harm done to your child if the hotel:

How East Coast Commercial Fishing Fatalities May Be Prevented This Decade

A study of East Coast commercial fishing deaths in the decade between 2000 and 2009 found that vessel disasters were the most common reason for commercial fishing fatalities. This information is important to have not only for the families grieving the loss of their loved ones, but also to use in order to prevent other families from having to grieve similar losses in the future.How Vessel Disasters May Be PreventedThe most common causes of fatal vessel disasters are vessel instability and flooding. Maritime employers can use this information to prevent future deaths by:

Don't Let a New Jersey Trench Be Your Grave

Since 2003, more than 200 construction workers have died in trench accidents. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), "Unprotected trenches are among the deadliest hazards in the construction industry and the loss of life is devastating..."* Yet, trench accidents are preventable. New Jersey construction workers do not have to die.You can protect yourself from a fatal New Jersey trench accident. OSHA recommends that construction workers working in trenches take the following five steps:

Are New York Railroad Bridges Safe?

As a New York railroad worker, it probably isn't difficult to imagine the horror that could happen if a New York railroad bridge fails. If a bridge were to catastrophically fail, then it could be difficult for anyone on board the train to survive and anything located under the bridge would almost certainly be in jeopardy.Maintaining Safe Railroad BridgesThus, in 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the railroad industry reached an agreement about key inspection and maintenance requirements for railroad bridges. Among other things that agreement requires:

Read Our Blog About Railroad, Construction and Maritime Accidents in New York and New Jersey

Seamen can be seriously injured when protective safety gear is not present on their vessel. Read this blog post to learn about potential damages in such a case and contact an experienced New York and New Jersey Jones Act attorney at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or via our online contact form for more information about your specific case. 

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