Utility workers are truly the unsung heroes of New York: they go to work every day and make sure the city keeps running. In addition, they work in one of the most dangerous industries in the country – year after year, utility line work is one of the top 10 most dangerous professions in America.
When a tragic accident does occur, utility workers in New York have options available to them, but an experienced NY workplace injury lawyer is often necessary to make sure utility workers and their families are protected.
When people think of dangerous jobs, they might think of being a fireman, being a logger, or being a crab fisherman. And yet, construction workers are probably the most at-risk professionals in New York from day to day – including the painters who come in after much of the construction is complete. When a serious accident does occur, painters are covered by workers’ compensation just like other employees, although in some cases, a civil lawsuit for additional compensation might also be appropriate.
New York’s Bravest! When the rest of us run from a fire or disaster, firefighters lead the charge into buildings to save lives and contain the fire damage. Firefighting is one of the most dangerous non-military jobs around.
Many people use elevators every single day, especially in New York, where going to work in a high-rise would otherwise leave us winded and exhausted. Our lawyers and staff at WRSH usually hop on the elevator at the Graybar Building to get to our office, rather than trotting up and down the stairs.
We all trust that when we step onto an elevator, it will be there, properly aligned; take us up or down at a reasonable speed; and stop correctly for us to get off again. In other words, that it will work.
What would New York City be without the towering skyscrapers that dominate so much of the city’s skyline? And how much duller would those architectural achievements look if their windows didn’t shine brightly throughout the day? High-rise window washers keep those windows clean and clear for people inside to look out and for others to see the beauty of the city shining off their glass. But this work presents very real dangers, both for the window washers who brave such terrifying heights and for pedestrians below.
Forklifts are the workhorses of the warehouse, moving pallets and heavy loads quickly and effectively, and they’re a normal part of work every day for most warehouse workers. But as the saying goes, “familiarity breeds contempt.” It also leads to recklessness and a lack of appreciation for just how dangerous forklifts can be. Warehouse and business owners in New York need to make sure they institute policies to keep their workers safe, and that everyone in the warehouse is doing his or her part to avoid serious accidents.
When we think about dangerous jobs, most of us probably think about police officers and firefighters. Outside of emergency workers and the military, however, some of the workers most at risk of suffering injury in New York are roofers.
While it may not be as dangerous as working in the logging industry or as a commercial fisher, construction is still among the most dangerous jobs a person can have in the United States. Roofers, in particular, account for a high number of fatal work injuries.
Respiratory protection. In construction and other heavy industries like manufacturing, it’s not only required by law, but can help prevent costly, painful, and potentially fatal illnesses. Using the right respirators at all times has greatly reduced many of these illnesses, but proper protection must continue to be enforced. When employers don’t comply, they assume the legal—and moral—consequences.
This 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.