Work Injury

New Rules Regarding Silica at Construction Sites

By WRSH on October 10, 2017 - Comments off

stones-1844560_1920This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, finally passed new standards involving silica inhalation, which it had been working on for several years.

To date, many contractors and construction companies in New York will need to revise their practices involving silica to avoid fines and ensure their workers remain safe. Read the rest »

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The Danger of Hearing Loss in Construction Work

By WRSH on September 27, 2017 - Comments off

earmuffs-2755553_1920There is not only a correlation between hearing loss and working in construction, but a direct cause and effect. Hearing loss is often caused by lengthy exposure to loud noises that damage the ears, and construction sites routinely produce noises well above safe levels. Working at such sites without ear protection has a very high chance of giving a worker permanent hearing loss.

As many as 2 in 3 construction workers will experience hearing loss by the age of 50, compared to only about 10% of the population that works without exposure to dangerous noises. Read the rest »

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Is Your Employer Providing the Right Safety Gear?

By WRSH on August 15, 2017 - Comments off

construction_9283705The right safety gear can mean the difference between a safe work environment and a deadly injury on the job.

What gear? Well, common safety equipment includes helmets, knee and elbow pads, eye and ear protection, and fire extinguishers. You can speak with your employer about the safety equipment you need—make sure that any gear provided to you is properly maintained and repaired. Read the rest »

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I Was Injured at Work, What do I do Now?

By WRSH on November 4, 2016 - Comments off

work-injuryFiling for workers’ compensation in New York is not particularly difficult, but there are certain things that need to happen quickly in order to protect your rights and your claim. The first thing you should do after a work related illness or injury is get medical treatment immediately. Your safety and well-being is always the most important thing.

With that in mind, you should tell a superior or manager about the accident and how it occurred, and make note of any witnesses who might have seen what happened. You must notify your employer in writing within 30 days of an accident and you should file a C-3 form with the Workers’ Compensation Board as soon as possible. Within 48 hours of treatment, your doctor needs to file a medical report with the Board, and copies of this report must be sent to you and your employer or its insurance company. Within 10 days of the accident, the employer needs to report it to the Board and their insurer, and the insurer needs to provide you with a written statement of your legal rights within 14 days of receiving notification. And within 18 days of the accident, the insurer must accept your claim or give reason for disputing it.
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Who is Liable for OSHA Violations in New York?

By WRSH on September 7, 2016 - Comments off

The Occupational Safety and Health Association, or OSHA, is a government organization that oversees safety in the workplace. In general, it establishes what is considered a safe work environment, and the guidelines by which employers must keep employees informed regarding how to be safe at work. While New York has state-specific safety guidelines, there is a great deal of overlap in how a workplace should be kept safe, and who is considered liable when violations occur. Read the rest »

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The Most Common Injuries for New York Emergency Responders

By WRSH on August 31, 2016 - Comments off

Emergency responders such as firefighters and police officers are among those most likely to encounter situations in the workplace that result in injury. Many of these injuries can result in a workers’ compensation claim, which ensures that responders receive compensation for their injuries. Most injuries that afflict emergency responders do not actually happen at the scene of a fire or when encountering a dangerous suspect. Any injury that occurs in the line of duty, so long as there is no intoxication or intent to be injured, is covered by workers’ compensation, though some are more common than others.

For emergency responders, especially firefighters, muscle damage such as tears, sprains, and strains are among the most common injuries covered by workers’ compensation. These types of injuries can occur due to carrying or moving something heavy, or jumping from one location to another. Slipping on water or ice during winter in New York causes many injuries, including muscle strains due to a fall or simply as a reaction to suddenly slipping.

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Queens Construction Worker Killed in Avoidable Trench Collapse

By WRSH on October 17, 2015 - Comments off

Construction AccidentThis past April, a 22-year-old Queens man was recently killed in a construction accident when the trench he was working in collapsed. According to an EHS Today news report, safety investigators have determined the fatal trenching accident was completely preventable. Officials with the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) say that neither the general contractor nor subcontractor provided cave-in protection for the trench. They didn’t even brace a section of the trench to support the sidewalk. Read the rest »

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Worker Injured at Manhattan Accident

By WRSH on August 24, 2015 - Comments off

Construction Site AccidentA construction worker was injured after falling 40 feet to the ground at a Manhattan development site. According to a report in The Real Deal, the construction accident occurred at the Manhattan West development site on the Far West Side. Officials say the man fell off one of the buildings at the project site and was seriously injured. A bucket crane was needed to rescue him. It’s unclear how the accident happened or how it could have been prevented. Read the rest »

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Recovering from a Catastrophic Work Accident

By WRSH on June 17, 2015 - Comments off

NYC Workers CompensationWhether you work in a small office or work long shifts on major construction projects, your employer is required to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations when it comes to preventing work-related accidents. In 2013 alone, roughly 4,585 workers lost their lives due to workplace accidents and thousands more suffered serious or even catastrophic injuries on the job.

While OSHA reports that the 2013 statistics for work injuries and deaths are, in fact, the second-lowest since 1992, many of these tragic incidents could have been prevented, if it weren’t for negligence. For example, the top four causes of fatal and catastrophic injury accidents on the job are simple slip and falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, or getting pinned between two objects. Read the rest »

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Are Employees Compensated for Work-Related Car Accidents?

By WRSH on June 10, 2015 - Comments off

NYC Workers CompWhether you work as a delivery person or have been sent out on a business errand, it is not uncommon for New York employees to get into a car accident during the course of a work day. As with all NY work-related accidents, you may file for workers’ compensation benefits if you have sustained injuries among other damages. You may also get additional financial support by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. In order to recover compensation, you must provide evidence that the at-fault driver was negligent and caused the collision.

When seeking workers’ compensation for any work-related injury, it is not necessary to prove negligence. The only thing that matters is that you were injured while performing your job duties. You can pursue financial support through workers’ comp if you were: Read the rest »

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