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An artist hired to paint a giant mural on the side of a luxury beachfront condo under construction in Hollywood died after falling four stories when the scaffolding he was standing on collapsed. According to The Sun Sentinel, two other painters were also on the scaffolding, but were rescued by their personal safety harnesses. construction

The 32-year-old decedent, of Miami, was reportedly on a swing stage at the 41-tower site when the stage collapsed shortly after 1 p.m. The two other painters, both 36-years-old, were treated at a local hospital for injuries and later released. The general contractor for the site said work has been suspended while the Hollywood Police Department and the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) conduct simultaneous investigations. Authorities haven’t said at this juncture whether the decedent worker was wearing a safety harness.

The 41-tower building, which is on the border of Hollywood and Hallandale Beach, is slated to accept its first residents in January.  Continue reading

For the second time this year, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that part of the state’s workers’ compensation system is unconstitutional. worker2

This, however, came after the court declined to rule on a case that challenged the constitutionality of the entire system. In both cases it did take on, the court was careful to say that the fact some parts of the law were tossed didn’t render the rest of it invalid.

In Westphal v. St. Petersburg, the most recent decision, the court looked at the constitutionality of F.S. 440.15(2)(a), which abruptly ends disability benefits to injured workers 104 weeks after temporary total disability (or once one has reached maximum medical improvement, whichever comes first). This two-year cut-off, enacted in one of the Florida legislature’s many attempts to whittle away worker protections in the name of lower insurance costs, left some injured workers unable to work but not having reached their greatest possible medical improvement and thus not able to collect any benefits at all. This, the court ruled, is both unacceptable and unconstitutional.  Continue reading

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous work sites in the country. Each and every year, these sites record more fatal accidents and injuries than any other industry.

And it doesn’t look like it’s getting any safer. Just ask officials with the National Safety Council (NSC), who recently got their hands on a startling photo.

It was a picture of a construction site, which revealed a number of safety violations and quickly raised some concerns.

It’s really starting to warm up out there and as the summer heat rolls in, officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are rolling out their national campaign to help raise awareness about heat-related work injuries in Boca Raton and elsewhere.

Workers in the state of Florida are at high risks for these kinds of accidents year round, but these risks really skyrocket through the summer months. This year’s safety campaign is working to spread the word about the risks associated with the Florida heat and to raise awareness about precautionary steps that can be taken to help to reduce the risks for these injuries. Prevention is simple. It just takes a little knowledge.

“If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

April has been designated as National Safe Digging Month by The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration according to an announcement by the National Safety Council.

Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers want you to “Call Before You Dig” when tackling any of your outdoor spring projects.

A new federally-mandated national number, 8-1-1, was created to protect anyone be it professionals or do-it-yourselfers from accidentally hitting underground utility lines. A simple phone call is all it takes to avoid the potentially deadly mistake of damaging an underground utility line.

A man was hospitalized after being injured in a Palm Beach construction accident when a piece of equipment fell on him, ABC 25 reported.

The construction accident occurred on Okeechobee Boulevard when a scissor lift toppled over and fell on the man. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Construction workers are at high risk for a serious or fatal work accident. Nationwide, nearly 3.7 million non-fatal work injuries were reported in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 5,000 employees were killed in work accidents. While the number of injuries has decreased in response to the economic downturn, the rate of construction accidents has remained constant: 383 construction accidents are reported per 10,000 workers. Nationwide, 31,310 construction workers were injured on the job in 2008.

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