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New York building site reports multiple construction accidents

A building site on Seventh Avenue in the New York borough of Manhattan seems to be littered with serious injury hazards for all the employees on the site. A worker's injury on a recent Thursday morning once again underscores the risks that have resulted in many construction accidents at this worksite. Reportedly, this employee was working on the ground floor of a hotel development when he tripped and fell while attempting to dodge a crane. He is lucky that his injuries were not considered serious.

What happens if workplace accidents are caused by third parties?

New York employees are no doubt aware of the insurance coverage their employers must carry to provide financial relief for those who suffer injuries in on-the-job accidents. However, what happens when workplace accidents result from the negligence of third parties? If this happens to you, you will likely not be allowed to sue your employer -- except if the company was grossly negligent -- but it will not affect your right to workers' compensation benefits. Nevertheless, if a party that is not associated with your employer is responsible for the injury, there may be grounds for a third-party personal injury claim.

Injured workers: New York's most hazardous winter jobs

When severe winter weather strikes in New York, employees in some outdoor jobs are exposed to serious workplace hazards. Reports of injured workers typically involve slip-and-fall accidents, dehydration and hypothermia. Technicians who work on power lines and meter readers are some of the most at-risk employees. Although power companies do major construction and maintenance during the months of spring or fall, emergencies in winter must be addressed. Despite the protective gear the linemen wear, they risk their lives when they are overwhelmed by the cold and lose focus on the dangers of electricity.

Can workers' comp benefits be sought for injuries at the office?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strains, tendinitis and lower back problems are prevalent among office workers in New York. Such injuries at the office can affect the tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves of employees. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, practicing proper ergonomics can prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

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