Each occupation in New York and elsewhere has its own hazards, and employers must assess the dangers and address them to protect the safety and health of employees. When safety hazards are overlooked, it could lead to a workplace accident with devastating consequences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the tragic death of a landfill worker in a neighboring state.
Former employees at a gun range in a neighboring state say they were exposed to a dangerous workplace environment. Lead is a known workplace illness hazard in facilities in which workers have to handle firearms and ammunition. The owner of the now-closed business made headlines when police caught him with a vehicle filled with weapons outside New York City last year. His arrest prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the business.
Employees in New York in occupations that involve welding, brazing and cutting are part of over 500,000 workers in the tri-state region surrounding New York City who face serious health risks if they work without proper safety gear. The danger posed by this industry comes in the form of gases and fumes that could be hazardous. Welding activities produce visible smoke -- in the welder's breathing space -- containing harmful gas byproducts and metal fumes that can cause workplace illness.
With marijuana now legalized for medicinal use in some states, including New York, the laws regulating it in the workplace may need some updating. Back in 2013, an employee of a juvenile center in another state injured his neck and shoulder while trying to subdue an aggressive youth. His workers' compensation benefits claim was questioned when blood tests revealed that he tested positive for marijuana.