Work Injury

Firefighters – Health Risks and Workers’ Compensation

By WRSH on September 7, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »

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Elevators: a Risk to Maintenance and Construction Workers

By WRSH on July 26, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »

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Window Washers Risk Their Lives to Keep the City Sparkling

By WRSH on June 22, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »

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Surprising Facts About Forklift Accidents in Warehouses

By WRSH on April 30, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »

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Roofers Have the 4th Most Dangerous Job in the US

By WRSH on April 23, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »


Construction Remains One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America

By WRSH on April 16, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »


The Benefits of Respiratory Protection

By WRSH on February 5, 2018 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »

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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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