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Safety violations at supermarkets can cause workplace accidents

Employers in New York and other states must prioritize employee safety at all times. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reported its concern over the ongoing noncompliance with safety regulations that inspectors found at three Fair Trades Supermarkets in New York. An OSHA area director said the employees at these stores were exposed to several unaddressed safety hazards that could result in workplace accidents.

Injured workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits

A spokesperson for the Transport Workers Union reported some of the details of a recent New York accident that involved an MTA bus. These are the types of incidents that could not only cause serious harm to passengers and property, but they can also lead to critically injured workers. Fortunately, this incident that occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Tuesday involved no passengers.

What to do when workplace accidents are caused by third parties

When workers are injured on the job, parties other than the employer or a co-worker are sometimes responsible for the accident. When this happens in New York, the injured workers may be entitled to pursue personal injury lawsuits apart from their workers' compensation benefits claims. This could allow victims of workplace accidents to recover more than just medical expenses and lost income.

Electric shock will be covered by workers' compensation benefits

A power failure shortly before noon on a recent Wednesday occurred after residents of a New York town in Erie County heard a loud bang. They rushed outside to hear utility workers of National Grid screaming for someone to call 911 for help. It was then determined that one employee had suffered an electric shock. Such injuries likely lead to workers' compensation benefits claims.

Some workplace accidents cause irreversible harm to exposed eyes

A worker may say his injury happened in the blink of an eye. However, if properly fitted safety glasses protected those eyes, they could have blinked all day without being harmed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the eyes of approximately 2,000 workers are damaged in workplace accidents every day, adding up to over 700,000 per year. Many of those occur in New York.

Workplace accidents: Eye protection vital PPE for landscapers

Authorities say several of the safety hazards in the landscaping industry can cause severe damage to workers' eyes. Employers in this field can prevent many workplace accidents by providing employees with eye protection and by making sure that they wear it. Along with the risk of getting dangerous chemicals in their eyes, there are the hazards posed by flying objects -- from stones to pieces of wood, twigs or bark.

Using unmanned aircraft systems may prevent workplace accidents

Members of the workforce in New York may be interested in learning about the extensive use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) -- or drones -- in business applications nationwide. Research by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International supports the use of drones for various purposes in infrastructure industries, construction and emergency management along with oil, gas and mining operations. In many applications, drones are used to prevent workplace accidents.

Injured workers: Violence prevalent against New York nurses

The Violence Against Nurses Law became effective in Jan. 2010 when the New York Senate passed the legislation. A perpetrator who assaults a nurse could face felony charges for which the punishment upon conviction could be up to seven years behind bars. Sadly, such attacks remain prevalent, and concerned authorities say injured workers in hospitals should stop seeing it as part of the job.

Study shows performance incentives cause workplace accidents

It may come as no surprise to those in the New York workforce that many companies nationwide prioritize profits over worker safety. The combined research of two leading universities concludes that more workplace accidents occur at high-performing companies. The study used data provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration along with the financial information of businesses.

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.

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