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Workplace explosions are rare, but devastating, catastrophes

In December 2019, an Amtrak maintenance worker was killed in an explosion in the Bronx, according to ABC 7. An electrical accident near a railyard was reportedly the cause of the explosion. At the time of the explosion, the worker was conducting fuse work on a transformer. The power was supposed to be turned off...

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Our lawyers now represent clients who have become ill after using e-cigarette products

For more than 10 years, American consumers have turned to electronic cigarettes as a supposedly "safer" alternative to other tobacco products. In recent years, the advent of Juul e-cigarettes spawned a generation of users who ditched traditional cigarettes for a cleaner, odorless product. Many of these users are tech-savvy children and adolescents, who, according to...

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What are my legal options if I was injured or lost a loved one in a construction trench accident?

If you work in excavation or inside the deep trenches of New York, you may be putting your life on the line each day to earn a living. Trenches are among the most dangerous worksites in the construction industry. They are typically no wider than 15 feet and are usually much deeper than they are wide....

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NYC Construction Wall Collapse: One Worker Dead, Another Injured

As New York City's massive infrastructure continues to expand, we hear far too often the tragedies that are caused by companies that put profit before safety. Wall collapses, for example, are a growing concern on New York construction sites. In October, a wall collapsed on a construction site on the Lower East Side, according to...

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New York May Soon Pass Legislation to Reclassify Gig Workers as Employees

  The emerging gig economy has ushered in a new class of workers who don't follow the conventional shift schedules that employees have for decades. They're called independent contractors, freelancers, or gig workers. They are currently not considered employees of the companies they work for. While some people prefer the flexibility afforded by the gig...

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NYCOSH: Amazon Prioritizes Speed Over Warehouse Worker Safety

Over the past few years, the work conditions and practices inside Amazon's warehouses and distribution centers have come under national scrutiny. Several workers have reportedly been injured or died on the job — earning the online commerce giant a spot on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's 2019 Dirty Dozen list of most dangerous...

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What not to do when collecting workers' compensation benefits

Pursuing a workers' compensation claim after sustaining a job-related injury isn't easy. Not only is the paperwork complex, the insurance companies who issue workers' compensation benefits must be convinced that your injury requires medical treatment and time off from work. Having an attorney on your side to advocate for you can maximize your chances of...

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Crane accidents continue to take workers' lives in NYC

In New York City, we often hear about the devastation caused by crane accidents. In 2016, a massive NYC crane collapse that killed one person and injured three others made national headlines. As more incidents continue to occur, it's apparent that those who are responsible for managing and operating cranes haven't learned from the errors...

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What workers who use power tools all day long should know

Millions of American workers risk neurological, vascular and musculoskeletal harm by absorbing vibrations from using power tools. Workers who use equipment like jackhammers, riveters, chainsaws, and drills for hours every day could suffer vibration injuries from operating these tools. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, pain, and discoloration in the fingers, as well as weakened grip from...

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NYC Offering Safety Training Grants to Small Construction Firms

The New York City Department of Small Business Services is doing its part to protect construction workers at small firms. Companies with 15 or fewer employees could receive grants to provide site training safety for their workers. The program could benefit up to 40,000 construction workers employed by small businesses. Under local law, most construction...

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