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Toxic exposure risks for dry cleaners

Friday, February 19, 2016

Being exposed to toxic chemicals — over and over again — puts workers at risk for serious health complications. Employers should know this and should be taking certain precautions to limit exposure. Unfortunately, though, this is not always the case, and employees end up suffering. One such industry where many workers tend to be at risk for exposure is the dry cleaning industry. To try to combat this risk, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, more widely known as OSHA, has put together an informational guide for dry cleaning establishments. The hope is that if more establishments follow the advice in this […]

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What type of workers’ comp benefits are available, and how can an attorney help?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

When a worker is injured on the job, the most important immediate concern is to ensure the injury is promptly addressed with appropriate medical care. Not far behind on the order of priorities is to ensure that the worker does everything necessary to initiate a workers’ compensation claim.  This entails filing a claim for benefits, naturally. For an injured worker, obtaining the right workers’ compensation benefits is an important concern, but navigating the benefits available is not always an easy matter. In this and our next post, we’d like to look at the types of benefits available under New York workers’ compensation […]

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Crane collapse results in new fines

Monday, February 8, 2016

The collapse of an enormous crane on Worth Street on February 5, 2016, highlights the dangers that construction workers face every day. Questions remain about the exact cause of the collapse, although high winds may be partly to blame. The collapse occurred while the crane was being lowered due to dangerous wind gusts. New York officials estimate that it may be weeks before they know why the crane collapsed. The crane’s cab turned upside down during the collapse and the 565-foot arm crashed in the street, covering a city block. Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the collapse by instituting […]

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What are an employer’s workers’ compensation responsibilities? P.2

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last time, we began looking at the responsibilities of employers under workers’ compensation law. In addition to the reporting requirements mentioned last time, employers are also required to maintain records of workplace injuries or illnesses and file required reports. Employers are also required under workers’ compensation law to refrain from discriminating against employees who exercise their rights under workers’ compensation law. Employees who retaliate against an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim or who testifies in a workers’ compensation hearing can be held accountable for doing so. Employers are allowed, however, to terminate an employee who filed a workers’ […]

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Are benefits provided in time to treat occupational diseases?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Federal laws, often in the form of regulations promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, set many workplace safety standards. Workers’ compensation policies, in contrast, vary by state.  Pennsylvania law requires employers to provide insurance coverage to their workers to safeguard against the chance of occupational injuries or illnesses. However, not all workers’ compensation coverage is the same. Differences between policies can result in disputes over the benefits that a worker deserves after suffering an on-the-job injury. Specifically, Pennsylvania employers might provide workers’ compensation insurance through a variety of methods: a competitive state fund, a private carrier, or […]

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What are an employer’s workers’ compensation responsibilities? P.1

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In our last post, we began speaking about the common problem of overexertion. As we noted, Amazon.com has been targeted by OSHA for exposing employees to potential overexertion, which is an important problem, because it increases the risk of workplace injury. For employees, it is important to understand their employer’s responsibilitiesunder the law, so that when an accident does occur, they are in a better position to exercise their rights and also to realize when they may need the help of an experienced advocate. Under New York workers’ compensation law, employers have a number of responsibilities, and we’ll take a look […]

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Hospital workers are at greater risk for injury than construction workers

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

While it probably comes as no surprise to health care workers, other people may find it hard to believe that hospitals are considered more dangerous workplaces than construction and manufacturing sites, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). All health care work has risks, but working in a hospital is especially hazardous. BLS statistics show that hospital staff suffer work illnesses and injuries at double the rate of private sector employees. When it comes to injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, hospital workers again have a higher rate than other industries, including construction and manufacturing. Nurses, […]

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Overexertion a common problem for workers, especially at Amazon.com

Friday, January 15, 2016

Amazon may be leading the pack in terms of online retail, but the company’s success has come at a cost. As reports of Amazon’s questionable treatment of workers continue, some are wondering whether the company is on the right track. The latest move against the company came last month when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for failing to report 26 work-related illnesses and injuries at a warehouse in New Jersey. The citation, which could end up costing the company $7,000 in fines, listed other safety concerns as well, including exposing employees to repeated bending at the […]

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String Of Accidents Highlights The Dangers Construction Workers Face

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Month after month, workers on New York construction sites suffer life-changing injuries or even death. The New York Daily News highlights this fact by its continual coverage of such tragic incidents. It reports that in September 2015, a 30-year-old construction worker was working on building renovations on the Upper East Side when he fell, striking scaffolding below. His injuries were fatal. The very next month, in October 2015, a 26-year-old worker was killed while helping renovate a building. Five floors of the structure collapsed, striking him with flying debris and pinning him in the rubble. In November 2015, a 40-year-old construction worker […]

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