Legal News Archive by Area: Workplace Accidents
April 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Warehouse work is physically exhausting. Many warehouse workers put in long hours, lifting and moving large amounts of weight, operating heavy machinery, and doing their best to fulfill quotas that can be almost impossible to meet. The need to push themselves to go harder and faster is always there, as failure to be as productive as management desires can lead to a lost job.
Continue Reading: Companies Employing Warehouse Workers Rarely Account for Health Risks
December 10, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Automation is the goal of many companies, and using robots to perform tasks previously performed by human labor is likely to transform many industries over the next twenty years. Driverless cars may be the way of the future, both for transportation and for transport of cargo across long distances, and robots may take orders at fast food chains. But one of the first workplaces transformed by robots have been warehouses.
Continue Reading: Machines Pose Safety Risks in Warehouses
August 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A terrifying scene in Asheville, North Carolina on August 20th, 2018 has drawn attention from Federal authorities. During the incident, a scaffold slipped free from its mooring, leaving two workers scrambling to safety. Thankfully, no one died or was significantly injured, though long-term mental suffering is a distinct possibility for both men.
Continue Reading: North Carolina Incident Draws Attention From OSHA
June 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is charged with conducting investigations of certain workplace accidents, particularly fatal accidents. OSHA is also in charge of developing and enforcing workplace safety rules to ensure fatal accidents are much less common than they were one hundred years ago. Oftentimes, OSHA is the working man’s best defense against being forced to put his health at risk for his job.
Continue Reading: A Closed Case with OSHA
May 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Employees, regardless of their profession, have the right to a reasonable expectation of workplace safety. This is most often spoken of in terms of preventing workplace accidents, but there are other situations where an employer can be expected to act when necessary to protect employees, and one of these is dealing with potential workplace violence.
Continue Reading: Preventing Workplace Violence Important to Employees
May 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Many companies, particularly those in charge of dangerous workplaces such as factories and construction sites, or which employ drivers for any reason, have rigorous testing requirements to determine whether or not any of their employees are using drugs. Drugs, whether legal or not, can have a drastic impact on important safety considerations such as balance and reaction time. An employee who is under the influence puts not only themselves at risk, but everyone they work with is more likely to be injured in an accident.
Continue Reading: Workplace Drug Policies Not Working
December 20, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When people hear of a burn injury in an industrial setting, most assume that a fire caused the injury. But in reality, steam is the culprit more often than not. Fires are rare in these types of settings, but steam has a variety of industrial and commercial uses that put workers into regular contact with the dangerous substance.
Continue Reading: Fire Not the Only Burn Risk in Industrial Settings
December 14, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A British newspaper investigation is drawing attention to a worldwide problem with working conditions in factories owned and run by Amazon, and unsafe practices the company utilizes regarding their delivery drivers. Amazon is one of the largest corporations in the United States. Despite the massive profits, the company stands accused of overworking employees.
Continue Reading: Unsafe Work Conditions in the Best of Companies
December 11, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The holidays are an exciting time. People are buying gifts for the people they love, for friends, and for coworkers. And more and more people are doing their shopping online, using Amazon and other retailers to save themselves the hassle of going to the store themselves.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents Posed by Holiday Deadlines
December 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Public Works projects often run into budget problems. The Big Dig in Boston might be the most notorious example, as the initial estimate of cost and completion date was off by hundreds of millions of dollars and years and years of time. There are many reasons why these projects consistently overrun initial budgets, from underestimating the difficulty of the terrain to political considerations.
Continue Reading: Public Works Projects Often Suffer Consequences
December 04, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
An incident in Alabama is drawing attention to the question of who is liable for an injury to a subcontractor. A work release inmate was killed at the Kochs poultry plant in Ashland, Alabama on October 29th, 2017. The full circumstances of the worker’s death are under investigation.
Continue Reading: Liability Comes with Using Subcontractors
June 08, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Five people are dead and more injured after a workplace shooting in Orlando, Florida the morning of June 5th, 2017. Police are still searching for answers as to the motive of the shooter, but early reports indicate the assailant was a former worker at the warehouse where the shootings took place.
Continue Reading: Workplace Violence Liability
December 01, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Everything having to do with college is getting bigger. Tuition is getting bigger. Student loans are getting bigger. And all that money coming in means the universities themselves are getting bigger, buying up land and expanding outwards. And when they can’t expand outwards, they expand up.
Continue Reading: Growing Universities Could Yield More Workplace Injury
August 26, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
During the Great Recession, many people who thought they had a safe retirement secured were forced back to work by the stock market collapse. Many of these individuals were older, but their significant experience and excellent skill base allowed them to find opportunities in the workforce.
Continue Reading: Prevent Injury at Work by Evaluating Accommodations
July 15, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the insurance industry. Sometimes it seems like there is insurance for everything. There is health insurance and car insurance and flood insurance and homeowner’s insurance and renter’s insurance. Most the time we carry these policies and never get anything out of them, and it is easy to forget just how important insurance policies can be until we suffer a house fire or are the victim of a car accident.
Continue Reading: Insurance Overload Bears Weight of Workplace Accidents
June 30, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Employers frequently turn to younger workers to cut costs. Older, more experienced workers tend to expect a higher hourly wage commensurate with their work experience. Then, to further save money, corners are often cut when training these young people. When the young person gets hurt, the business claims it was because the person was young and reckless, denying responsibility. Yet it was the business that failed to train these individuals properly.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: The Young and The Reckless
June 11, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
These are exciting times for workplace safety. 2015 promises to be a banner year for protecting workers in the workplace, as the Obama administration plans to implement a number of important changes through OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and MSHA (the Mining Safety and Health Administration).
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Exciting Times
April 24, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The pressure is always on to be a team player. If there’s something wrong at the workplace, just tell your direct supervisor and then move on. Nothing is gained by making waves. There’s certainly no need to take the case to OSHA, or to the Fire Marshall, or to the press.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Being a Team Player
April 15, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
On April 15, 2015 at 5PM, a unanimous Manhattan jury awarded Jose Humareda $14,768,000 after a six-week trial before Justice Lynn Kotler. Mr. Humareda was represented by Stuart L. Finz of the preeminent national law firm Finz & Finz, P.C.
Continue Reading: Union Porter Wins $14,768,000 Verdict After Hand Crushed In Building Compactor Scene of Injury Altered
March 26, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Two years and a major fine later, it is difficult to know for certain whether anything has changed. When OSHA inspected Gateway Extrusions in 2013, they found a number of serious safety issues. The most dangerous of these were:
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Over and Over Again
February 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Though the study was conducted halfway around the world, it’s implications are equally true for people in America as for people in Europe. The Economic Consequences of Accidents at Work was authored by Gabriele Mazzolini of the School of Economics and Finance of Public Education in Milan and was published in January, 2015.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Long-Term Financial Outcomes
February 02, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Ryan Maseth wanted nothing more than to serve his country and make his family proud when he was stationed in Iraq in 2007. In January of 2008 he was still trying to do his duty to country and family when he entered the showers of his barracks. He had no way to know that shoddy construction and wiring had rendered the shower a death trap.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Cutting Corners Overseas
December 22, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It’s always good to reach for the stars. Since the earliest days of recorded history, man has dreamed of reaching beyond Earth. When that dream was finally achieved in the mid-20th Century, and especially when a man first walked on the moon, it seemed possible that one day we would all get to experience the wonder of outer space.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Down To Earth
December 16, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It sounds like a freak accident. At a construction site in New Jersey, a tape measure came loose from a worker’s belt and fell fifty stories, striking another worker on the head. Gary Anderson was rushed to the hospital but it was too late. He was pronounced dead on November 3rd less than an hour after the accident.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Measuring Unsafety
December 11, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Once could be an accident. Perhaps even a second mishap could be considered just incredibly bad luck. But when incident piles on incident, it becomes difficult to believe that all the incidents are just accidents.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Folding Under Pressure
December 05, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Seven thousand dollars. Just seven thousand dollars. After Ringling Brothers Circus put dozens of people at risk during a May 4th performance, OSHA fined them only seven thousand dollars. While rigging up the equipment for their “Human Chandelier,” Ringling Brothers allowed too much weight to be suspended from one of the carabiners. Not surprisingly, the carabiner failed under the excessive weight, leading to multiple injuries when the whole group of performers came tumbling down.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: A Slap on the Wrist
November 26, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Everything must begin somewhere, even in the most unexpected places. Good news out of Utah is drawing attention to a tragically under-recognized problem that affects certain industries much more than others. Now, maybe something will be done to protect employees whose companies consistently put them in dangerous situations.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: A Good Deed by Utah
November 12, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Part time jobs, especially seasonal ones, are often the only entry level positions teenagers can find. One of the fallouts of the Great Recession was many retirees being forced back to work, and many of the jobs teenagers used to get were filled by people with dozens of years more experience.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Lasting Responsibility
September 23, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
With football season starting, Americans are hearing more and more about helmets specifically designed to decrease the chance of traumatic brain injuries. The studies are not yet clear as to whether any of these even work, and now the United States government has decided to get in on the act with helmets designed to protect our soldiers during explosions and other combat situations.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: Best Intentions Have Their Challenges
September 11, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
As we somberly honor another anniversary of the terrible attacks on September 11, 2001, we weep for the thousands of lives lost on that horrible day. We also, even in our sorrow, celebrate all the brave men and women who put themselves at risk to save as many as they could.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents: See Something, Say Something
June 13, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A terrifying accident in Portsmouth in recent months drew much needed attention to occupational safety. A worker was pinned between a backhoe and another piece of heavy equipment while working to repave a parking lot outside a diner, resulting in his leg being horribly mangled. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the accident.
Continue Reading: Recovering From a Workplace Accident
May 30, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
What do you do for a living? Do you work in the health care industry? If so, you might have chosen a career in health care because you saw it as an opportunity to make a living in an industry that is growing as the population continues to age. You feel the special calling to help others, and make the world a better place to live. However, you should not be complacent when it comes to your profession.
Continue Reading: Healthcare Proves One of the Most Dangerous Occupations
May 29, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on April 17, 2013, killed 14 people, injured more than 250 neighboring residents and emergency responders, and destroyed more than 150 buildings. Twelve of the deceased were volunteer firefighters who responded to the explosion.
Continue Reading: Protect Yourself Before and After a Chemical Explosion
March 27, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Tragedy befell a small town in Arizona in 2012 when a handgun accidentally went off in one of the suites at a nonprofit entity. A bullet struck an employee in the head, and paramedics pronounced a 49-year-old man dead at the scene. An incident like this can happen anywhere, even in the small town where you may be living.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents and Violence: Protection of Yourself and Others is Key
March 19, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
How often do we think about the risks and prevention tactics for those involved in high-risk industries like the logging industry, where loggers face challenges that many of us cannot even imagine? What about those who face icy road conditions as part of their routine jobs? Trucking itself can be a dangerous job; and fatigue and other road distractions come into play as causes for many trucking accidents that have occurred over the years. But, ice trucking has become its own hazardous occupation, posing many different obstacles for those who must drive those rigs.
Continue Reading: Dangerous Jobs: Ice Truckers
March 05, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Many jobs that pay well also pose high risks. We know that electricians, road workers and construction workers take their lives in their hands daily when encountering challenges posed at any number of job sites and in any number of variable conditions. Electrocution accidents are among the highest of risks, killing and severely disfiguring those in the field. Road workers risk their lives when they deal with erratic drivers and dangerous road conditions as they strive to make our roads better and improve town conditions. But what about the workers we don’t often recognize? Those who are loggers and ice truckers face conditions and situations that many of us cannot even imagine. We know it must be dangerous to saw down trees the size of buildings, or drive in road conditions that are extremely icy, but what are the distinct risks that those jobs pose, and how many are actually injured when doing so?
Continue Reading: At Your Own Risk: When Employment Poses Hazards
February 07, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Workplace accidents, both fatal and nonfatal, are declining throughout the United States, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor which was released in 2013. However, employers and employees alike should not lull themselves into complacency as a result of this decline in workplace accidents. Workplace accidents can maim, severely injure and even kill employees, not to mention a reduction in productivity and increase costs for employers. Workplace accidents occur in many job categories, from a corporate office to high-risk jobs such as construction and other areas of public works.
Continue Reading: Workplace Accidents Declining but not Cause for Complacency
December 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The holiday season brings about added stress to many employees, fearing a job layoff or that they won’t receive that promised Christmas bonus. Many are laid off during the holidays as companies themselves struggle to find a balance for meeting the bottom line by year-end. Added expenses and extravagant shopping racks up the credit card bills and people find themselves in a position of not being able to pay regular bills like mortgage, electricity and phone. Struggling to make sense often means that people do whatever comes to mind to solve the problem, even is it means resorting to violence or killing.
Continue Reading: Violence Threats at Your Place of Employment
November 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We see utility workers on the streets in cities and towns all over the United States. They take their lives in their hands on a daily basis, particularly when conditions become hazardous due to an emergency blackout or brownout, sudden changes in the weather, or a natural disaster like a hurricane or snowstorm. But the workers who work in hazardous condition we don’t hear about often are coal miners, public works employees who work underground, or fishermen who risk their lives on the waters off the East Coast and Pacific Northwest. Do you know someone who employed in these conditions, and where the risk is the norm? Do you know someone who has been injured from working in this type of profession? What are some of the hazards that these workers encounter?
Continue Reading: Coal Mining and Other Dangerous Jobs
July 16, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Earlier in the year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported fining a company whose service coordinator employee was fatally stabbed by a client. The charges were based on the premise that the company should have recognized that certain conditions and situations could pose a hazard to the employees and that a workplace violence program should have been in place to address potential hazards and assist employees who may be concerned about their safety. The client, who had a known history of violence, had posed a threat to the employee on previous occasions, evidenced by the employee’s notes in the company log. She indicated that she would like to be accompanied by another co-worker on her visits to this particular client.
Continue Reading: When Your Client Becomes the Workplace Hazard
June 10, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Have you suffered from a work-related burn injury, or know someone who has? Burn injuries account for 20-25% of burns serious enough to require hospital care, and claim the lives of 5% involved in this type of injury. Nonfatal burn injuries are still serious, and are caused by exposure to flammable substances or proximity to hot objects. Regardless of the intensity of the burn, recovering from a burn injury that occurred on the job or at home is a long process. Burns occur most often on the head, face or hands since those are the parts of the body that are most exposed. Many who are victims are disfigured for life, and often suffer constant pain due to medications, grafting and intensive, ongoing operations, therapy and treatments. What are some ways that work-related burn injuries occur, and how can they be prevented?
Continue Reading: Occupational Hazards: Burn Injuries at Work
April 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In a rare case of on-the-job hazardous conditions and work clothing requirements, a machinist in an industrial plant blamed his ailments on a severe blister caused by wearing steel-toed boots required for his job. Because he was required to wear the boots he filed worker’s compensation for this injury. The injury led to the amputation of his leg, further exacerbated by complications stemming from previous health conditions he had experienced.
Continue Reading: Workplace Hazards: From Blisters to Toxic Chemical Exposure
April 22, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
If you work in an industry that deals with excessively loud machinery, you know how sensitive your ears become after a long day at work. Naturally, you take precautions like wearing the required earplugs and ear wear mandated by regulations within your industry, and do your best to protect yourself. But what if prolonged, debilitating symptoms occur well after the workday is over?
Continue Reading: Hearing Loss Sustained on the Job: When Your Jobsite is Hazardous
April 02, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Another day at work in the restaurant or office is as routine as brushing your teeth. But, what about a day where the routine is anything but normal due to a work-related injury? Accidents at work happen all the time and not just in the big cases we read about in the news. Work-related accidents can cover everything from slipping and falling on oil or another object on the floor, to burns taking a main dish out of the oven in the kitchen, to malfunctions of equipment and carelessness among other workers. All injuries have the potential of leading to injury, or even death.
Continue Reading: New York Attorneys Offer Work Injury Advice
February 15, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Last year, a worker at Cintas Industrial Laundry Plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma was killed when he fell from a conveyor belt while trying to unlodge a load of laundry from one of the high-capacity, industrial drying machines. Although not fatal in other cases, it was found that many others had regularly walked on the conveyor belt to unlodge loads of laundry over time, showing the incident was not as uncommon as initially believed. What causes employees to engage in unsafe behavior around heavy machinery and equipment, particularly when they know that machines could easily malfunction when misused?
Continue Reading: Workplace Injury Lawsuit Best Handled by Personal Injury Attorney