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July 2015 Archives

We proudly represent those harmed by trench collapses

Last week on the blog we discussed the frequency of trench collapses. It is a sad reality that every year unsuspecting workers are injured in killed while performing their job duties. When this happens, victims and their families can be left devastated. A surviving victim might have to find a way to deal with their physical injuries while also trying to figure out how to pay for accumulated and future medical expenses. In the event of death, surviving family members may be hit with debilitating medical expenses and funeral costs, and many families may struggle to make ends meet without the income of their lost loved one.

How common are trench collapses?

Over the years, many New York and federal laws and regulations have been put in place to protect workers and to deter employers putting employees at unreasonable risk of harm. However, even when workers and employers are following every rule and regulation, a work-related accident can occur in the blink of an eye, leaving an employee seriously injured.

Workplace safety and the OSH Act (part 2)

As we began discussing last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration offers workers in Utica and throughout the country a number of rights. The agency's goal is to reduce the danger of a worker losing his or her life, or suffering injury, in a work-related accident. However, it's important to understand some key differences in how the agency regards different categories of workers.

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