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New York Job Accident Lawyer Breaks Down Workplace Incidents

When it comes to workplace accidents and injuries, New York does well by national standards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the incidence rate of non-fatal occupational injury and illness in New York was 2.2 per 100 workers in 2017, which is below the national average of 2.8. State incidence rates range from a high of 4.8 in Maine to a low of 1.5 in the District of Columbia. However, even with New York’s comparatively low incidence rates, workplace accidents are still far too common, especially considering that even a single workplace injury can potentially devastate a worker’s health, career and finances.

Below, our job accident lawyer provides a statistical overview of workplace accidents and injuries in the state of New York, including New York City, Nassau County and Suffolk County. If you have been injured at work or while performing work-related duties outside of the office, contact our firm today.

New York Occupational Accidents: By Industry

As we frequently note, rates of workplace accidents and injuries are not evenly distributed across industrial sectors. Generally, the more physically demanding a particular profession is, the more likely it is that workers in that profession will suffer physical injuries. What this equates to in the real world is that workers in blue-collar professions suffer higher incidence rates of workplace accidents and injuries than workers in white-collar professions. BLS’s Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses data bears this out with comparative incidence rates by industry:

  • State government: 7.8 per 100 employees
  • Natural resources and mining: 6.1 per 100 employees
  • Local government: 5.9 per 100 employees
  • Education and health services: 3.1 per 100 employees
  • Construction: 2.9 per 100 employees
  • Manufacturing: 2.9 per 100 employees
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities: 2.9 per 100 employees
  • Leisure and hospitality: 2.8 per 100 employees
  • Professional and business services: 1.0 per 100 employees
  • Financial activities: 0.8 per 100 employees

While it may seem counterintuitive that state and local governments rank so highly, these are both very broad industries that take into account a number of both white and blue-collar professions (including police officers, firefighters, and corrections staff), thus resulting in higher-than-expected incidence rates. 

New York Workplace Accidents: By Incident Type

Just as workplace accident incidence rates are not uniform across industries, some types of accidents are also much more common than others. According to the New York State Department of Health, the following were the leading causes of work-related hospitalizations from 2012-2014:

  • Falls (40% of all hospitalizations)
  • Struck by, against (8% of all hospitalizations)
  • Machinery (7% of all hospitalizations)
  • Moving vehicle traffic, occupant (6% of all hospitalizations)
  • Cut/pierce (5% of all hospitalizations)
  • Unspecified (4% of all hospitalizations)
  • Hot object/scald (4% of all hospitalizations)
  • Overexertion (3% of all hospitalizations)
  • Assault (2% of all hospitalizations)
  • Transport, non-traffic (2% of all hospitalizations)

Of the top 10 leading causes of work-related hospitalizations, 9 were due to unintentional injury, while only one (assault) was due to intentional injury.

Contact a New York Job Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered an injury in a workplace accident, you should act swiftly to preserve evidence and increase your chances of qualifying for compensation. For more information about workplace accidents and injuries in New York, Nassau County, and Suffolk County, please contact a New York job accident lawyer at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco by using our online form or calling us at 877-693-2529 (New York City), 516-745-5666 (Garden City), 631-582-3700 (Ronkonkoma), or 631-399-0400 (Shirley/Riverhead).

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