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Category: Workplace Injuries

Workers’ Compensation: Benefits Decline While Insurer Profits Rise

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A recent study published by the New School Center for New York City Affairs paints a rather bleak picture for injured workers in The Empire State.  Although the New York workers’ compensation system was, at one time, the paradigm for the rest of the country, the focus has shifted from safeguarding the needs of injured workers to minimizing employer costs. This unfortunate change is outlined in a report entitled “Time for a Real Look at How the New York State Workers’ Compensation System Treats Workers”, by James Parrott and Nicholas B Martin. According to the report, there was a 15 […]

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Wood chipper incident causes partial amputation of worker’s leg

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Employees in the landscaping industry nationwide, including in New York, do not always take appropriate care when they work with equipment such as wood chippers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 39 workers suffered fatal workplace injuries while working with wood chippers over the most recent 10 years for which data is available. Most of these deaths resulted from people getting body parts caught in wood chippers. The safety agency reported that it impounded a wood chipper for inspection after a recent incident in West Babylon. A report indicates that the leg of a 72-year-old man became trapped in a […]

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Workplace injuries par for the course at some factories

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A New York manufacturer of animal bedding made from wood shavings is once again the subject of Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations. On this occasion, the company faces proposed fines of almost $60,000. This follows two inspections that were carried out in November and February. The agency says the company has a history of exposing employees to workplace injuries, with three penalties issued since 2013. The November inspection involved a log that rolled onto an employee, who suffered hip and leg injuries, sending him to the hospital. Investigators determined that the company failed to install the necessary safety equipment to […]

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Too many victims of fatal workplace injuries in New York

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Workers across the country, including in New York, stopped to pay tribute to all those who said goodbye to their loved ones and went to work, never to return. Workers Memorial Day took place on April 28. The most recent data on record is that of 2015, which indicates that the number of fatal workplace injuries in that year exceeded 4,800 — 236 of those were from New York. The intention is to maintain awareness of the importance of workplace safety. Although job safety has improved greatly since laws were passed to protect workers over 40 years ago, employee health and safety […]

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Workplace injuries: What is carpel tunnel syndrome?

Monday, March 13, 2017

New York employees who work in production lines in the manufacturing industry may be at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This is one of many workplace injuries that can develop over time, and it could be very painful. Workers at chicken processing plants are often victims of this injury that can be debilitating if left untreated. The carpal tunnel protects the primary nerve that goes into the hand, along with the nine tendons required to bend fingers. Lubricating sheaths encase the tendons, and excessive repetition of hand movements can cause the lubrication system to malfunction. This can lead to friction in […]

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Workplace injuries from violence at work can be psychological

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More and more incidents of workplace violence are reported in New York and other states. Not all victims of such violence suffer physical workplace injuries. Workplace violence can include abuse that employment laws typically cover such as verbal abuse, property damage, spreading rumors and more. However, serious psychological injuries can result from the trauma that follows incidents related to anger such as rape, murder and arson — even for workers who are witnesses rather than victims. Although many such events are unanticipated, some warning signs exist. Employees who disrespect authority and handle criticism poorly, as well as those who hold grudges […]

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New law to protect public workers from workplace injuries

Monday, February 20, 2017

New York workers in some industries are extremely vulnerable to assault. Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill into law that will see assaults on public workers elevated to felonies from misdemeanors. Previous laws had been enacted to better protect workers such as emergency medical service providers and technicians along with transit workers. Sadly, some public workers to suffer severe workplace injuries at the hands of those they serve. The new legislation followed a report made to State Senator William Larkin about a violent attack on a utility worker. The three categories of workers that will be included in the […]

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How are you affected by extended workdays?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Does your employer require you to work extended hours? If so, you might want to learn about some aspects of extended workdays that could cause you harm if left unaddressed. Although it is not an inherently dangerous choice for a company to make, there are risks attached. How does it work? When employers schedule extended workdays, there are no hard and fast rules, but the idea behind it often is to fit the 40 normal hours of a workweek into fewer days. Working shifts of 12 hours or more allows workers more days off work. Benefits: Having consecutive days off work might […]

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Unguarded lathe spindle causes fatal workplace injuries

Monday, February 13, 2017

Employees of industrial companies in New York are frequently exposed to dangerous moving parts of machines. Even though unguarded equipment is responsible for so many serious and even fatal workplace injuries, employers still allow these hazardous conditions to exist. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes clear guidelines and regulations about the safeguarding of machines, and violations can have devastating consequences. A company in another state was recently cited by OSHA for one serious and one willful violation after the death of a worker. Reportedly, the man was operating a lathe at the premises of a tool and manufacturing company. Because […]

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Workplace injuries: No more heavy lifting for baggage handlers

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New York Newark International Airport workers will be relieved to learn that they may have safer workplace environments in the future. Reportedly, United Airline has agreed to settle a 2015 lawsuit. As part of the settlement, an ergonomics study will find ways to eliminate musculoskeletal and repetitive motion workplace injuries. The lawsuit brought to light the fact that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation determined that the number of injuries caused by baggage handling from 2011 through 2015 exceeded 620. These occurred when workers had to lift and lower baggage of varying weights onto and off the jet bridges. These […]

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