Many Utica residents will recall the days when just about every teenager worked a fast-food job for a summer or two, or maybe picked up shifts throughout the school year as a way to save up some extra cash. Today, it's common for adults at just about any stage in life -- especially given the economy in recent years -- to work "flipping burgers" at a fast-food joint.
Last week's post here on our Syracuse Workers' Compensation Law Blog discussed a story in which hospital laundry workers were put at risk of exposure to serious illnesses. OSHA took action against the hospital in response. But this story afforded us a brief glimpse of what is, in fact, a profession in which many employee illnesses and injuries occur beneath the radar: that is the health care industry.
Construction is now and has been for centuries one of the most important industries of man. Like nearly every other living creature on the planet, man has a desire to build dwellings in which they feel safe and secure. Unlike most other creatures, man creates structure for dining, entertainment and pure aesthetics; even the Statute of Liberty was little more than a construction project at one point in time. The skill of construction has evolved from ancient times where workers were sometimes buried in the very walls they helped build to today's model, where every construction injury, no matter how minor, is accounted for and compensation is paid accordingly.
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, as many New York construction workers can attest. Erecting a building involves multiple elements, including electricity, heights, power tools, machinery and heavy equipment. Add unskilled workers with minimal training and protection, and the results can be disastrous - even fatal. Those who do survive a construction accident must often deal with physical limitations and disabilities. While your injuries heal, you may wonder if hiring a lawyer is a good idea.
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but just like any other time of the year, accidents could happen. Tragedy struck a New York construction worker the days after Thanksgiving at a car dealership on Staten Island was recently the site of a fatal construction accident.
When many New Yorkers think of workers' compensation claims, they think of workplace accidents and injuries such as lacerations, broken bones and head trauma. Even though workplace illnesses are less common, they can be just as dangerous.
Workplace safety is a primary concern for many New York employers. However, as the saying goes, accidents happen. Despite all attempts to follow safety guidelines, employees still get injured on the job. Although most injured workers eventually recover from their injuries, some are so severely injured that they are disabled for the rest of the their lives. This can be a physically and financially difficult situation, and, to add to it, insurance companies do whatever they can to deny the claim, leaving the victim in a tough place.
Many New Yorkers have suffered from falls, and while they may seem funny to some -- as witnessed on YouTube and blooper reels -- some result in serious injuries or even death. Many occur in the construction industry, and workers and employers know that falls from roofs, scaffolds or ladders are no laughing matter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 600 workers were killed in 2009 due to falls. An additional 212,760 were seriously injured. While falls impact a person physically, they impact employers financially.
When many New Yorkers think of workplace accidents and workers' compensation cases, they may immediately think of back injuries, machinery accidents and chemical-related injuries. However, exposure to loud noises is a common, but not much-talked-about, concern. Occupational hearing loss has actually been a major concern for more than two decades. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than 20,000 work-related accident claims annually. If you are concerned about loud noise in the workplace, here are some worker safety guidelines to consider.
Workplace accidents can happen in virtually any environment. Even an employee working in an office can suffer an injury from an accident. However, there's no doubt that construction workers suffer job-related hazards on an everyday basis. When New York construction workers are seriously injured while on the job, what legal rights do they have and what are the next steps to ensure they receive as much compensation as possible?