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Workplace dangers, injuries and the law

Most Americans are familiar with the accomplished feeling of a good day's work. Depending on the industry, however, this work can involve a considerable amount of danger. Those who work in harsh environments or with hazardous materials face significant threats of suffering injuries while on the job. In New York, there are specific steps one can take in the unfortunate event of an accident. 

The construction and oil industries are generally the first to come to mind when discussing the topic of risky careers, but CNN shares other dangerous jobs: those of sanitation workers, loggers, roofers and truck drivers. According to CNN, there are 33 deaths for every 100,000 workers in the sanitation industry -- a higher fatality rate than those in police and firefighting industries. In New York City, impatient and distracted drivers often pose the biggest threat to these workers. Although fatality rates for roofers have been on the decline in recent years, CNN adds that burns from tars and chemicals and electrocution from exposed powerlines nevertheless claim 38.7 lives for every 100,000 roofers.

Regardless of the industry, accidents can create complications physically, mentally and financially. The New York State Workers' Compensation Board outlines steps workers can take when injured on the job, noting that after an injury, employees should only seek treatment authorized by the Workers' Compensation Board. The only exception applies when an injury calls for emergency treatment. The place of medical treatment may also depend on the programs in which an employer participates. After an injured employee has sought proper medical attention, they should notify a supervisor about the incident in a prompt manner. Employees must also file a claim on Form C-3 for workers' compensation; rights to benefits could be compromised if a worker does not file a claim within two years of the date of the accident or disablement. 

 

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