Keeping New York State running effectively and efficiently requires workers performing maintenance, repairs and construction. While these workers are generally competent and do their jobs safely, there remains an inherent danger in any task they are required to do. This is especially true when working with electrical and explosive materials. Those who are in an accident in these circumstances can face burns and other types of on-the-job injury. With the medical expenses and long-term damage that can result, workers' compensation and a legal filing are often the only available ways to cover what they lost.
Workers in all industries in New York are exposed to the risks of slip-and-fall incidents, and many employers fail to recognize the fact that a bad landing after such a fall can cause catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and even death. Every business owner must have a fall prevention program in place, and employees must receive safety training to ensure they understand that preventing or cleaning up spillages or debris that can cause falls is the responsibility of all. Furthermore, workers must learn what to do regarding such workplace accidents.
A spokesperson for an area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says all workplace injuries can be prevented. However, as long as employers fail to provide adequate training and appropriate personal protective equipment, there will be reports of injured workers. His remark came after the agency proposed a penalty of more than $140,000 for safety violations at a New York dairy.
Constructions sites in New York and elsewhere will always pose multiple safety hazards. Workplace accidents in this industry often occur when heavy objects strike workers. While this is a known hazard, employers may fail to provide adequate safety training to teach employees how to avoid such injuries.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, emergency medical workers lose three times more work days than other employees in the general workforce. After a four-year study, NIOSH revealed that over 22,000 injured workers in this industry receive emergency room treatment each year nationwide, including in New York. The data also showed that those who are most often injured are full-time EMS workers whose experience does not exceed 10 years.
New York experienced an excessively cold December, and with large amounts of snow comes the dangers associated with snow removal. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminded employers and workers of the necessary precautions to prevent workplace accidents. This is a task that can cause serious injuries or worse without the proper safeguards. Violations of safety regulations may lead to entrapment under snow that may cause suffocation, and damaged power lines could cause electrocution.
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.
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.
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.
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.