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.
That investigation led to 35 safety violations, many of which involved excessively high lead levels in the facility. The workers claim to have suffered illnesses caused by exposure to lead. One former employee says he received some workers' compensation benefits, but it covered only some of his medical expenses. His doctor now refuses to continue treatment until unpaid bills are settled.
The workers are unhappy because they claim they were never informed about the hazards they faced every day, nor did they know the proper procedures for safe handling of the spent shells. The workers demand an investigation and payment of their claims for medical expenses. They claim their ongoing health problems include chronic headaches and joint pain, and one former employee says the lead exposure caused his teeth to break.
Sometimes it is difficult to prove that an illness is job-related. New York employees whose workers' compensation claims for workplace illness or injuries are denied or rejected need not give up. A seasoned workers' comp attorney can provide the necessary guidance in filing an appeal. A skilled lawyer can fight for the right of the employee and work to obtain fair compensation to cover medical costs and lost wages.
Source: wfmz.com, "Former Cramsey employees describe poisonous work environment", Emma Wright, Feb. 13, 2017