It may come as little surprise to most in New York that construction routinely ranks among the most dangerous professions. Construction workers are often asked to operate complex equipment and heavy machinery in unforgiving environments and conditions. Yet what may be shocking is just how dangerous construction can be compared to other industries. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations reports that 937 fatalities were reported by the American construction industry in 2015. That accounts for almost one-fifth (19.4 percent) of all the occupational fatalities reported in the country for that year.
Workplace injuries in New York do not only result from accidents such as falls or electric shock. Many workers' compensation claims result from a repetitive stress injury. If you spend most of your time at work standing or walking on hard surfaces, such as concrete, you may be at risk for developing plantar fasciitis in your feet.
Have you or your loved one been injured in a construction accident? You may be eligible to file a legal claim. New York City has seen a rise in construction accidents - and construction workers need to know how to protect themselves.
No matter which field you work in, your hearing can be at risk, but some industries are worse for your hearing than others. At the law office of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we know that your ears often take the back burner when you consider the different ways you can be injured on the job. This month, you and other New York residents should be aware of the risks and how to protect your hearing.
Most New Yorkers are aware that the state provides workers' compensation benefits, but coming face-to-face with the stressful obstacle of a workplace injury is another story. Not only does an incident affect one's physical wellbeing; it can grip victims with a mountain of mental and emotional stress. While an injury can change one's life forever, the benefits that often apply can make a world of a difference.
If you have the misfortune of being injured at work in New York, workers’ compensation insurance typically will apply to help compensate you for income lost due to your injury. Along with monetary compensation, you may be entitled to receive vocational and medical rehabilitation as well. A lesser-known benefit available through the worker’s comp program is aid from social services.
Getting hurt on the job can mean serious injuries, a stream of medical bills and time out of work. New York employees currently dealing with the effects of an accident that took place at work can easily feel strained from the seemingly endless process that can ensue. Fortunately, there are ways to navigate the state's workers' compensation process in order to get the best possible results.
If you or one of your family members is employed in the construction industry in New York, you have good reason to want to stay aware of the type of risks faced on job sites everyday. You should be able to trust that employers will do all they can and should to keep people safe but unfortunately this does not always happen. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration all too often must issue citations to companies that fail to follow safety standards.
Accidents can happen anywhere, but when they occur on the job, the steps that unfold may differ from those of a typical incident. For instance, most New York employers are required by law to accommodate employees who have suffered an injury while at work. They may be required to supply proof of safety training, documentation of the incident and other information. When an employer appears to have violated a worker's rights, legal action may be the necessary step.
Much like any other mishap, most New Yorkers would like to think that a workplace injury simply will not happen. Also like other incidents, workplace injuries tend to happen when employees least expect them. When the unexpected occurs, what are the responsibilities of employers and their employees?