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Sanitation workers at high risk of suffering workplace injuries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The mining industry is known to be extremely dangerous. However, it is reported that the injury risk among sanitation workers is more than double that of miners. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health also says the risk of suffering fatal workplace injuries in this industry is 10 times higher than that of workers in all other industries. NYCOSH released a report about eight cases that involved fatalities, amputations and chemical exposure. While doing the case studies, it was determined that many of these workplace accidents resulted from non-compliance with safety regulations. This underscores the fact that, among sanitation workers, […]

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Construction workers’ accidents lead to criminal charges

Monday, June 20, 2016

The owner of a New York construction contracting company faces severe punishment after being indicted on multiple charges including second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. These charges are related to construction workers’ accidents and violations of unemployment and workers’ compensation laws. It was reported that he may be facing as many as 15 years behind bars. The shocking disregard of workers’ safety by this company owner is unacceptable. The charges relate to the death of an employee in April last year. The employee was working at the sixth floor level of a building where he was smoothing concrete. Unfortunately, he was not […]

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Finding a doctor after a work injury can be challenging

Friday, June 17, 2016

Under New York workers’ compensation law, injured workers are supposed to be able to choose their doctor if the doctor has the right Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) credentials and takes workers’ comp insurance. This is not always as straightforward as it sounds, however. Recently, an NBC New York I-Team investigation found that many doctors have stopped accepting workers’ comp insurance. To make the problem worse, the state has not been keeping accurate records on which doctors participate in the program. This puts extra burden on injured workers to find a doctor who will care for them after a work injury. The investigation […]

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9/11 WTC Compensation Fund to Issue New Zadroga Act Regulations Next Week

Friday, June 10, 2016

Important: Remember that you must “Register” with the Victim Compensation Fund within certain deadlines depending on your 9/11 related diagnosis. Unfortunately, every day we are hearing from more 9/11 responders and downtown Manhattan residents who have succumbed to 9/11 WTC cancers and other illnesses. You only have two (2) years to register your claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund if you have a 9/11 related cancer. See the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund registration deadline chart here.

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Construction workers’ accidents: 12-foot fall claims man’s life

Monday, June 6, 2016

Too many New York construction workers lose their lives because they were not provided with appropriate protective equipment on the job. Falls from elevated positions form a significant percentage of fatal construction workers’ accidents. It is alarming that many of these deaths were preventable by compliance with prescribed safety regulations. One such accident resulted in the death of a 55-year-old Ronkonkoma man on a recent Tuesday. It was reported that the incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. at an oceanfront construction site in East Hampton. The man was working on the second floor level of the building when he reportedly lost […]

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Construction workers’ accidents may lead to amputations

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Owners of construction companies in New York and elsewhere must ensure workers’ safety at all times. Construction workers are exposed to a myriad of safety hazards on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some employers prioritize profits over safety, and, in many cases, this leads to construction workers’ accidents that can claim lives or cause permanent disabilities. A construction worker in another state is trying to adjust to life with only one leg after he lost the other leg in an on-the-job accident a month ago. He explained that, with the help of a coworker, he was connecting rigging when the incident occurred. […]

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Fatal workplace accidents: Worker crushed by falling dumpster

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Losing a loved one who leaves for work in the morning and never returns is naturally an indescribable experience. Not only will the surviving family have to cope without that person’s love and guidance, but the financial consequences of losing that person’s income may be severe — particularly if the deceased worker was the primary breadwinner. Workplace accidents in New York are never anticipated and always tragic. One family of DeWitt suffered such a loss after an incident on a recent Wednesday morning. A police report states that a dumpster crushed the man. Under yet undetermined circumstances, the dumpster reportedly […]

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Important New WTC Status Report from 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Friday, May 27, 2016

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum issued an important new report this week on the status of claims processing for first responders and other victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. See the key dates on the 911 Zadroga Act Reauthorization Timeline here. The Special Master highlighted the fact that the Fund has now paid out over $1 billion in the last five years, including many WTC 9/11 cancer claims. It is clear that the Victim Compensation Fund has ironed out almost all the kinks the fund had initially, and victims are now receiving timely loss determination […]

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Report looks at common causes of workplace injury with eye toward mitigation

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Most people are pretty well aware of the risks they face in their own work on a daily basis. Have you ever wondered, though, about workplace accidents in general? How do people get injured on the job? A recent report by the Travelers Companies Inc. looked at the most common causes of workplace injury and accidents between 2010 and 2014. The results were obtained by looking at records of 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims in a variety of industries and business sizes. What was found was that materials handling caused the majority of injuries and accidents, accounting for 32 percent of workers’ […]

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Many construction accidents in New York tragically avoidable

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Everybody faces certain risks on the job. Risks vary by type and degree, of course, but all work involves some risk of harm. The construction industry is one we naturally think of as being among the more dangerous industries, and there is certainly good reason for this. New York sees its fair share of construction accidents. In recent years, with the increase in real estate activity, there has been a corresponding increase in construction accidents. In 2015, a total of 12 workers died on construction sites in New York, an increase from eight in 2014. A great many more injuries occurred, though. […]

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