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.
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.
Factories and warehouses contain a host of potential hazards, as many New York workers can attest. Industrial accidents can be caused by machinery and unsafe work practices. One man suffered workplace injuries after a metal coil weighing a half-ton fell on him.