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.
Rockland County, just northwest of Manhattan, is bordered by the Tappan Zee and boasts slightly more than 315,000 in population according to the last census. It was here that a man from Bogotá earned his nursing degree recently and dreamed of working in that profession. It is also here that the man from Bogotá was killed in an industrial accident.
During a break from his car sales position, a New York worker was injured during a car accident when he left work to pick up two spaghetti dinners for the dealership's finance manager. The salesman filed an application for workers' compensation benefits.
For most people, $1,141,734 seems like an unimaginable amount of money. Unfortunately, construction worker Jose Rivera didn't win the lottery - far from it, in fact.
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.
Master rigger William Rapetti was cleared of seven counts of manslaughter in a non-jury trial on July 22, 2010. While criminal charges have been cleared, Rapetti still faces numerous civil lawsuits.