As a construction worker, you show up at the job site with the idea of tackling a variety of tasks while remaining safe throughout the day.
Working in construction can be hazardous, and as a new hire, you have a lot to learn. One of the tools you will need to use is a ladder. Ladders are handy by helping you reach heights without straining, but they can pose a real risk to workers on a job site. Missing a step could lead to falls. Working on an unstable ladder could result in it tipping or falling over, causing you to fall and injure yourself severely.
A worker injured Oct. 16 in a tanker truck explosion at a Glenville asphalt plant died two days later at Westchester Medical Center. Joe Nichols, 56, who lived in Amsterdam, had worked at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions for 24 years. According to initial reports, a valve on a tanker truck heated up while the truck was being loaded with a commonly used mix of kerosene and asphalt. The heat ignited vapors and caused the blast. Three workers in all were initially taken to the hospital after the explosion - along with Nichols, there was another worker who was in critical but stable condition and a third who is expected to quickly make a full recovery.
It was a scene straight out of an apocalyptic movie. A huge crane that was working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge fell over onto the old bridge, blocking all lanes and creating a traffic nightmare for the New York City area. While the accident was eye-catching, it was truly remarkable for another reason all together; nobody died.
The Times Union, April 6, 1994
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The Times Union, December 16, 1994
© 1994 The Hearst Corporation
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Do you work on a construction site? There is a good chance that some, if not most, of your tasks require you to climb a ladder, work on a scaffold, use ropes and pulleys or any other devices that pose significant risk for injury.