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Most construction site accidents can be prevented

If you are a construction site worker in the state of New York, you will be aware of the risks that are related to the profession. However, you may not know that many of the most common construction site risks are extremely preventable.

If you have been injured while at work on a construction site, it is important that you understand your most fundamental rights as a worker. Many employers provide their employees false or incomplete information that can lead them to not getting the compensation that they deserve.

Your employer's responsibility for moving machinery safety

New York construction workers are protected by laws and regulations that focus on safety. These regulations generally require the compliance of construction employers, so that working environments are made safe for all those on site.

One of the most common reasons for serious injuries on construction sites is malfunctioning or unsafely managed moving machinery. In a bid to minimize the associated risks, there are regulations in place to make moving machinery safer for construction and factory workers.

Hot water spills can lead to life-altering burn injuries

When being served in a cafe or restaurant, you will expect that the server in question will take the appropriate care in avoiding spilling food or water, as well as processing your order correctly. When establishments become busy and demanding, it is often the case that servers become rushed. As a result, they may be less careful and make stupid mistakes.

Most mistakes that servers make will be harmless. For example, they might forget your drink order or serve the wrong dish. However, if servers become careless when it comes to serving hot food and beverages, the results can be extremely serious. Many adults and children become severely injured by hot water burns each year, and many of these burn incidents take place in cafes and restaurants.

Legal regulations for scaffolding safety

If you work in the construction industry, it is very likely that you will frequently work on scaffolding while participating in your role. Scaffolding structures have the potential to be very dangerous, both for those who are working on them, and those in the surrounding area. There are many legal regulations in place set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that aim to heighten the safety of scaffolding for the purpose of preventing accidents and injuries.

The OSHA regulations must be complied with by all employers who used scaffolds, and all managers and employees. If you become injured by scaffolds as an employee or a visitor to a construction site, it is likely that you will be eligible to receive some form of compensation for the pain and suffering that you endured.

Understanding liability in medical malpractice cases

When you have a negative experience as a patient in the state of New York and you suffer as a result, it is likely that you will want to take action and do something about it. However, medical malpractice cases can be confusing for those making a claim, since it can be difficult to know which party is responsible.

This is why it is important that all victims of medical malpractice take the time to read about how the law works in the state of New York, and who is liable for the incident at hand.

Taking action after medication errors in nursing homes

Most residents of nursing homes depend on medication in order to live a comfortable and healthy life. They will also likely be in a situation where they need their medication and dosage to be handled by a caretaker at the nursing home. In many cases, the nursing home resident's life will depend on the correct dosage of medication. Thus, it is paramount that medication is handled with professionalism and care.

Unfortunately, there are cases of nursing home residents in the state of New York receiving the wrong medication, missing doses, or suffering overdoses at the hands of nursing home caretakers. Any type of medication error that occurred due to nursing home negligence is simply unacceptable, and as a loved one of a nursing home resident, it is vital that you take action to enforce his or her rights.

Understanding civil rights violations in New York

Every person in the United States has certain civil rights. This means that they have the right to be free from racial discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse, especially when it comes to any interaction with civil authorities.

Therefore, if you have an altercation or interaction with a police officer in New York that you believe was discriminatory in some way, it is entirely possible that your civil rights were breached. If you experienced an uncomfortable situation like this, it is important that you educate yourself on your civil rights so that you can take action and stand up for yourself.

Four things to avoid after a car accident

Let's face it, car accidents can be jarring experiences. No one really gets into a taxi or Uber and actually expects to be in an accident. However, there are countless crashes in the tri-state area every day. While a large number may not involve serious injuries, it is not uncommon for tempers to flare after a fender bender.

Yes, accidents may bring out the worst in people and spark an instance of road rage. Some may feel a sense of guilt over what just occurred even though it may not be their fault. Regardless of the range of emotions that may be experienced, it is essential to avoid actions that may harm your legal position before you can seek a legal remedy.

Man dies in a "preventable" construction accident

Construction work is a hard, dangerous and necessary profession, that construction workersdon't get enough credit for doing. If you're a carpenter, plumber or electrician you know job sites can be dangerous so you take every precaution you can. Sometimes, however, the deck is stacked against you when the company you work for plays fast and loose with safety.

On December 18th 2017 a man was killed in Chelsea when a piece of scrap metal fell off scaffolding ten stories up and struck him in the head. According to the Department of Buildings, the accident was "completely preventable" and the construction site had been cited numerous times for safety violations in regards to the scaffolding specifically. When safety is ignored at the top, it's the worker on the ground that suffers.

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