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Workplace illness: New silica rules good news for workers

Employees in different industries in New York may be happy to learn that employers who tried to stop the new silica rule were unsuccessful. Industry leaders who dispute the need for regulations that are stricter asked a federal appeals court to prevent implementation, but a panel of judges found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration offered adequate evidence to motivate the enforcement of the new rules. The safety agency claims the new precautions will prevent those who are exposed to silica from contracting a potentially deadly workplace illness called silicosis.

Witness: No precautions taken before fatal workplace accident

New York construction workers frequently put their lives on the line when they have to work in dangerous circumstances. They often work without the necessary personal protective equipment. Both the New York City Department of Buildings and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have opened investigations into a deadly workplace accident that claimed the life of a 60-year-old man.

Toluene exposure can cause workplace illness

New York employees in various occupations may be exposed to hazardous chemicals without even knowing about it. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees. Workers must be informed of dangers they will face while working, including hazards that can cause workplace illness. However, safety training related to exposure to chemicals is often neglected, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Construction accidents: Yet another life lost in New York

The hazards on New York construction sites have given rise to many safety discussions in recent months. Despite all the talk about improved regulations, lives continue to be lost in construction accidents. One of the most recent fatalities occurred at a site in Brewster.

New workers' comp benefits guidelines see strong opposition

Medical professionals and safety and health advocates expressed their opposition to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board's proposed altered guidelines at a recent press conference. Some say that the changes are merely measures for companies to cut costs, with injured employees paying for it in denied benefits. While safety authorities sought improved compensation for injured workers, the new proposal will see workplace injury victims considerably worse off.

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