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Third-party claims are possible when defective tools cause injury

Construction workers face daily hazards due to the nature of the job. Heavy machinery, power tools and the duties that have to be done are all some of the factors that can lead to injuries. What construction workers don't need is for defective equipment to cause issues that lead to injuries.

Defective equipment, such as power tools without proper safety mechanisms, can cause very serious injuries. In these cases, the construction worker wouldn't necessarily turn to workers' compensation. Instead, they could turn to a third-party lawsuit based on product liability.

Construction site hazards are seemingly endless

Construction jobs have a higher than average risk for fatal injuries. The almost 6.5 million construction workers on the job each and every day are at risk of many different hazards on the job. It is up to the employers to take steps to ensure that these men and women remain as safe as possible.

Some of the hazards are obvious. These include falls and scaffolding collapses. Even being run over by equipment would be an obvious hazard. Electrocution, arc flashes and similar hazards also fall into this category.

Make sure you understand procedure risks before proceeding

In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed the risks of having a urinary catheter. This is only one procedure that comes with risks. In fact, just about any procedure you have at a doctor's office or hospital comes with specific risks.

The medical professional who orders the procedure or the one performing it must ensure that patients are informed about the risks and benefits of their procedures. This allows patients to decide for themselves if the risks are worth the potential outcome from undergoing these procedures. For those who decide that they can live with the risks, it may be better to avoid the procedures unless medically necessary.

Is there lead in your tap water? – Part 2

While in many cases, the low levels of lead may not be a problem, high levels could cause a member of your household to experience lead poisoning. While the government has passed certain regulations, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, some older homes and buildings can be more susceptible to the problem.

Since protecting your family is your number one priority, it is important to know what steps you can take to keep them safe. Read below to find out more about dealing with lead in the tap water.

Is there lead in your tap water? – Part 1

Recently, you have seen reports in the news of lead found in paint in older buildings and even in tap water. You may be concerned about the presence of lead in your home, especially if you have young children. While the government has enacted various regulations over the last 20 years in order to promote safe drinking water, lead is sometimes still present in tap water. Often this is due to the use of metal taps, interior water pipes and even the connectors that attach your home to the city pipes.

In many cases, the risk for lead is greater when old pipes or fixtures are showing signs of corrosion or it could be in the solder that might be present from repairs. If water sits in a lead pipe for more than a couple of hours, the lead can seep into the water. To find out more about the possible presence of lead in your tap water, read below.

Infections related to urinary catheters are serious

People who have urinary catheters face some serious risks of infection. It is imperative that the catheter is handled in a sanitary manner and that proper procedures are followed. For people who are new to this type of intervention and those who are in the hospital might not know what to look for when they are having this procedure done.

A catheter related urinary tract infection is one of the serious problems that can occur when proper procedures aren't followed. The issue with this is that the person can't just avoid being catheterized, so they run the risk of transmitting bacteria with each new catheter that is inserted.

Lax safety procedures can lead to construction worker deaths

Construction safety is something that must be followed with precision. When proper safety measures aren't followed, tragedy can occur. Two construction workers died hours apart at two Manhattan sites due to falls recently. These falls highlight the need of all construction sites to have proper safety gear and insist that proper protocol is followed.

In one of these cases, the worker was wearing a harness when he was working on the 29th story of a luxury condo building. The harness wasn't clipped in, which lead to him plummeting to his death. In the other case, the worker fell out of a bucket truck.

Amputations in construction sites are serious injuries

One of the things that you must think about when you are in the construction industry is staying safe when you are working around equipment. Some equipment, such as power saws, are very dangerous. You have to be sure you can use the equipment safely before you operate it each and every time. If you get injured, you might opt to file a claim for workers' compensation or a third-party lawsuit.

Some equipment might come with a risk of amputation. Traumatic amputations are difficult injuries to cope with. When they occur at a construction site, there is a chance that bacteria and other contaminates can be introduced into the site. This could mean that you will have to deal with an infection in the future.

Injuries from unsafe products can adversely affect your life

When you assume that products aren't dangerous if they are being used as intended, you might find that you are wrong. If a trusted brand fails and injures you, it's a breach of trust. You can be left with horrible injuries as a result of some defective product.

We know that you never thought you could suffer harm while using a product you trusted, perhaps used many other times. We can work with you to help you determine how you can get financial compensation for the injuries that devastated your life.

Measures to Reduce New York Construction Worker Injuries

In a continuing series by the New York Times, David W. Chen has reported on recent developments within the New York City Construction Industry on the topic of work related injuries and fatalities: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/nyregion/construction-workers-safety-bill.html?emc=eta1. Mr. Cheng reports that despite industry wide and legislative recognition of the need to improve safety measures, a proposed bill seeking to require mandatory safety training for construction workers remains stalled due to the lobbying efforts of Project Owners and Project Developers.

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