Safety authorities say most workplace accidents are avoidable if prescribed safety regulations are followed. However, on-the-job injuries continue to happen, and employees are sometimes blamed for causing the accidents in which they were injured. Fortunately, the New York workers' compensation program is a no-fault system, which provides benefits regardless of who was at fault.
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.
With marijuana now legalized for medicinal use in some states, including New York, the laws regulating it in the workplace may need some updating. Back in 2013, an employee of a juvenile center in another state injured his neck and shoulder while trying to subdue an aggressive youth. His workers' compensation benefits claim was questioned when blood tests revealed that he tested positive for marijuana.
Everyone is aware of the raucous presidential campaign that consumes more and more of the media's time and energy. Another important campaign is underway, however, garnering much less attention.
New York employers will face higher costs for workers' compensation insurance starting in October, the state Department of Financial Services has decided. The DFS approved an average 9.3 percent hike in the insurance rate; an increase that business owners are not thrilled with, but acknowledge is needed, according to a recent news report.
From the employee's side, a workplace injury is often a mixture of pain, medical treatment, time away from the job and recovery. From the employer's side, the issues are more about one thing: money.
Nurses from Newburgh to Napa — and everywhere in between — share concerns about safety in the workplace. For many nurses, workplace violence is a regular part of their workdays; a frightening reality that they must deal with every time they report for duty in emergency rooms and other parts of hospitals.
It might seem unfair or unreasonable, but the reality is that as soon as you are injured in the workplace, the clock starts ticking. Injured workers have deadlines to meet, even if they cannot work.
Some modern medical treatments are very aggressive and can involve powerful substances or forces. Thus, some unique safety concerns can come up for medical workers, as their work environment can involve things that many other work environments don't.
Every worker, regardless of age and industry, can be the victim of a workplace accident or suffer work-related injuries. From a construction worker who falls while scaling scaffolding to a nurse who suffers a back injury while helping lift a patient, a work-related injury can seriously and adversely impact an individual's life in a number of ways.