The Occupational Safety and Health Administration works hard to protect workers from hazards nationwide, including in New York. The federal agency recently cited a laundry company in a neighboring state for the second time in two years for allowing work environments that are conducive to workplace accidents. OSHA issued several citations for safety violations -- some of which were repeat offenses.
Industrial accidents in New York and elsewhere claim many lives every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into the June death of a worker in another state. The workplace accident claimed the life of a 51-year-old employee of a coatings company in the glazing industry. Although investigators identified several safety violations and cited the company, the cause of this man's death remains a mystery.
An investigation by New York City’s Buildings Department concluded that a crane operator was at fault for a large crane that collapsed in lower Manhattan on a gusty morning in February of this year, killing one person and injuring three others. The city has suspended the operator’s license and have also moved to permanently revoke it, citing that the operator acted recklessly. This situation is a perfect illustration of why it is so important to seek legal guidance when workers are involved in workplace accidents either as injury victims or accidental contributors.
Working around gas ovens can be life threatening. Gas explosions in industrial facilities in New York and other states have caused severe injuries to workers in the past. Although employers must ensure safe work environments in which they address all known hazards, industrial accidents continue to occur -- some with devastating consequences. A recent workplace accident at a manufacturing plant in a another state caused injuries to several employees.
Most workers in New York are covered by the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system. Any victim of a work injury is entitled to pursue a claim for compensation, but what happens if an employee suffered an injury while he or she was not on site? If the injury occurred in the line of duty, it is compensable.