New York construction workers put themselves in danger almost every day. Construction sites are full of hazards - such as machinery, power tools, heavy materials and heights - all of which can cause serious injuries or even death. As an unfortunate example, a construction worker recently died after he was struck by falling concrete.
When a New York employee suffers a workplace injury, he or she has the right to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. When doing so, the employer cannot legally retaliate against the employee. The employee cannot be harassed, disciplined or fired for their involvement in a workplace accident, regardless of who is at fault. However, AT&T is currently under fire for allegedly disciplining four employees who were injured on the job and subsequently filed work-related accident claims.
After a workplace injury, New Yorkers may seek out treatment, such as medications, to help control the pain caused by the injury. While painkillers can minimize pain and allow people to perform everyday activities with ease, they can sometimes cause more harm than good.
Many New Yorkers may be familiar with Tesla Motors, an automotive manufacturer that builds electric cars. The company is facing heavy scrutiny after a work-related accident in November 2013 injured three employees.
Many workplace injuries are minor, causing bruises and lacerations. Unfortunately, though, some accidents can cause more serious injuries such as severed limbs. A New York teen recently lost his arm while working at a restaurant.