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Jordan Margolis

Safety Regulations Need Tightening, Not Loosening

Many of us likely remember last year’s tragic death of 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. The deaths occurred following an explosion in the mine, which investigators now…

Barry Doyle

North Dakota train derailment kills one, injures another

Late last week the derailment of five Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad engines took the life one railroad worker and injured another. The train derailment seems to have been caused…

Kristina Labanauskas

River North Scaffolding Collapse

A scaffolding collapse in River North yesterday resulted in serious injuries to two construction workers. The collapse happened in the 300 block of West Ohio Street. According to authorities,…

Barry Doyle

Equipment failure kills laborer

A California laborer was struck in the chest when the shovel of a steam shovel came loose and landed on top of him. At the time of the accident, he was working in a trench on a construction project.The laborer suffered fatal injuries as a result of being hit by the shovel.Under Illinois law, this man’s family would be entitiled to worker’s compensation benefits for his death. However, those…

Barry Doyle

Fatal scaffolding collapse

Two Indiana construction workers fell 40 feet to the ground when the scaffold they were working on collapsed. The scaffold had a loose pin holding in one of the members of the scaffold and when the workers went to repair the scaffold, their weight caused the scaffold to collapse.One worker survived the fall suffering chest and head injuries; the other workers suffered fatal injuries.Federal…

Barry Doyle

Contractor cited after employee falls through floor

A contractor was hit with over $69,000 in fines by OSHA after an employee was injured when he plummeted three floors when the floor of the building he was working in collapased. The employee was involved in the demolition of a building at the time of the accident.Violations of OSHA regulations such as this put employees lives at unnecessary risk of harm.When done safely, demolition of buildings…

Barry Doyle

Trench collapse in Louisiana

Two workers were lucky to survive when the trench that they were working in collapsed. The trench was being dug near a highway and did not have a proper retaining wall. Authorities believe that vibrations from the nearby highway triggered the collapse.One of the workers suffered a fractured ankle while trying to escape the trench.Working in an excavation is one of the most hazardous duties in…

Barry Doyle

Scaffold collapse results in fall

A worker on a Maryland construction site was injured when the planking to the scaffolding he was working on broke. He fell from the scaffold 37 feet to the ground.The worker suffered spinal fractures which may result in paralysis.Because scaffolds raise workers so high up in the air, OSHA regulations require that all of the component parts be in safe and proper condition. This requires…

Barry Doyle

Fatal nail-gun accident

An Idaho construction worker was found dead on a residential construction project. At the time of his death, he was using a nail gun to frame houses.The nail gun apparently accidentally discharged and he was killed by a penetrating injury to his brain stem.On a construction site, not only do the work practices have to be safe, but the equipment must be safe as well. Nail guns are a special…

Barry Doyle

Worker killed by backhoe

A Florida worker died when he was struck by a backhoe and knocked into a trench.He suffered head injuries which proved fatal.The equipment on construction sites must be safe for not only the operator but those who can be expected to be working nearby.For moving equipment such as backhoes, this may include equipping the backhoe with a beeping alarm to alert those nearby when the backhoe is in…