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August 2014 Archives

Ways to prevent a work-related accident

When a New Yorker starts a new job -- or takes on a new duty at a job he's held for many years -- he may feel pressured to perform the duty to the employer's standards. This may mean performing dangerous duties without proper gear or training, therefore increasing the risk of injury. However, workers should know that they have rights in the workplace and these rights include employer compliance with standards put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Work-related accident rate high at New York hospital

Although many accidents in the workplace are caused by slips, trips, falls and strains, an increasing number of injuries are caused by violence. Most of these - 75 out of 114 incidents since 2012 - took place in healthcare settings, particularly hospitals. The situation has gotten so out of control that New York hospital Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center was recently fined $78,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after patients and visitors assaulted dozens of employees.

Can a company fire an employee receiving workers' compensation?

Even when employees have been properly trained, a workplace accident can still occur. When a New York employee suffers injuries that prevent him or her from performing a job's duties, it is possible to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, many injured workers decide not to take advantage of these benefits - money that is rightfully theirs - because of the fear of retaliation. However, for the most part, an injured employee's job is protected while he or she is receiving benefits.

Predictive analytics to reduce work-related accident claims

Predictive analytics is not a new term in the business world. Many New York companies use this tool in areas such as finance, marketing and sales. However, an increasing number of construction companies are also using predictive analytics to improve workplace safety by reducing work-related accident claims. It works very well when used properly, but there are still struggles for many contractors.

Man pinned between beam and lift suffers construction injuries

New York construction sites often have heavy equipment and sometimes workers can end up getting hurt by these machines. Due to their sheer size, it's easy for workers to get run over or pinned by them and suffer serious injuries. A worker was recently pinned between an aerial lift and a beam at the site of an Amazon Distribution Center in another state. Fortunately, his construction injuries do not appear to be serious.

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