A fatal accident on the job can happen due to any number of circumstances. Sometimes, it truly is just an accident that couldn't have been foreseen or prevented. Other times, however, it's the result of someone else's negligence. And, in some situations family members of the deceased worker may suspect negligence, but it's not necessarily clear if that's the case.
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.
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.
We've been discussing burn injuries in the context of the restaurant industry for several weeks now, but we should stop and acknowledge that they of course do occur across a wide sector of workplaces. Considering that a work-related accident may lead to a burn injury in any number of workplaces, let's look in greater detail at what the National Institute of General Medical Sciences has to say about the effects of a burn and treatment.
We continue our discussion of health care worker safety this week with some eye-opening statistics regarding hospital employees from OSHA. This is not intended as specific legal advice, but rather as general information to help provide some context for workers who've been injured or are concerned about the risk of injury in a hospital workplace.
Many New Yorkers have been involved in workplace accidents. Most of these are minor, with the victims fully recovering from their injuries. Unfortunately, a severe work-related accident can lead to death. When this happens, the victim's family can often sue for damages. However, with both workers' compensation and wrongful death laws involved, the process can be complicated. The good news is that with the right legal help, you can help bring closure by holding the responsible party accountable.
With thousands of Americans involved in workplace accidents annually, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will soon become stricter with its reporting requirements. Beginning January 1, employers in New York and across the country will be forced to file accident reports within specific timelines, particularly if employees were seriously injured or killed on the job.
After taking a year to evaluate the data, the U.S. Labor Department released information about the number of nonfatal workplace illnesses and injuries reported in New York State in 2012. Across private industries in our state, there were around 146,000 such injuries and illnesses reported. In other words, there were 2.5 nonfatal work-related illnesses or injuries for every 100 private-sector employees.
Workers in the United States face many risks. Workplace accidents can happen in every industry but some workers are more likely to be killed on-the-job than other workers. We all know that blue-collar, hard labor jobs tend to see more accidents and injuries, but what occupations have been deemed the most dangerous in the country?
It is no secret that the oil and gas industry is a thriving business sector that continually brings in new employees. It is also no secret that the oil and gas industry is a labor-intensive and dangerous industry that has its fair share of workplace accidents. As a result, many employees die or suffer catastrophic injuries that change their life forever.