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    :: Friday, June 13, 2008 ::

    Safety Concerns for Irish Workers - By April Drew, Irish Voice, NY
    Mick O’Brien, originally from Tipperary and now living in Connecticut, oversees 20 workers on a residential job on East 46th Street. O’Brien, who said that although most of their work is carpentry, said it is still necessary to make sure that the equipment is in proper working order to prevent any possible accidents.

    O’Brien feels that so many accidents are occurring in New York in the construction business because there is very little health and safety. Comparing it to Ireland, he described it as a “disgrace.”

    “When things are needed to be done quickly, people take risks unfortunately, but you should really know going up on a scaffolding that you should wear a safety harness.”

    In Ireland, construction workers are required to wear construction boots, helmets, and visibility jackets. “Here,” explains O’Brien, “you’ll see none of that. It’s not enforced so people don’t wear them.”

    He continued, “It definitely hit home to the Irish community last week with the death of that young lad from Woodlawn but there is a lot of Spanish lads getting killed every week and there isn’t a word about it.”

    O’Brien feels that the Irish companies running jobs in New York are impeccable when it comes to lessening the risk of accidents.

    “Think about all the Irish companies that are around the place,” said O’Brien. “We never hear of accidents or deaths in these companies because a lot of Irish lads have common sense.”
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