On Oct. 1 of last year, two Town of Amherst workers were taking down a banner above Main Street in Williamsville. They were standing on the platform of an elevated platform truck on that ordinary Monday morning when the top of a semi-trailer struck the boom and both men were ejected and flung to the pavement 20 feet below.
The New York Court of Appeals recently issued six rulings in the same day, answering an important question for many injured New York workers. The court found that private insurers must pay money into trust funds in certain workers' compensation cases.
A news release from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has alleged 21 violations of OSHA standards at the Met Weld International plant in Altamont, NY.
A recent crane accident in New York illustrates the inherent dangers construction workers face every day in the workplace. The fatal accident occurred when a 35-ton crane tipped onto its side in the Genesee River gorge, pinning the operator underneath.
Labor leaders are concerned that treatment guidelines recently passed by New York's Workers' Compensation Board will put at risk the insurance of thousands of retirees and workers. Specifically, the new guidelines limit coverage to treatments that produce "functional improvement," which labor leaders argue will exclude those with long-term chronic pain conditions.
Four prominent workers' compensation insurance companies settled a lawsuit brought against them by the State of New York. The State alleged that the insurance companies Zurich Financial Services, Ace Ltd., Pennsylvania Manufacturers and CNA charged excess workers' comp surcharges.
Suppose you have seriously injured your hand in a workplace accident. Unable to lift more than five pounds with your injured hand, you file for workers' compensation benefits. After several weeks of collecting benefits while you are out-of-work, you keep yourself busy with chores at your home. A few days later, you receive notice that your benefits are ceasing - and that you could even face claims of fraud.
Earlier this month, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) released their 2010 study of welfare benefits programs. The study showed some interesting data on New York's workers' compensation benefits.
The New York state workers' compensation system is known as one of the largest, yet least effective, of its kind. The $5.5 billion-a-year process is full of drawn-out procedures where injured workers often wait months, or even years, to receive financial aid or healthcare.