Utility workers are at serious risk of harm while on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has guidelines in place to help NYC utility workers avoid injuries, but when these standards are not met by employers, the consequences can be dire.
Even when a utility worker does everything right, an accident can still result in painful injuries or lifelong disabilities. When an injury is caused by someone else's negligence, there are ways to hold them accountable for their actions. Regardless of how the accident happened, the injured utility workers should also be covered under NY workers' compensation.
If you or a loved one is a utility worker who has been injured on the job, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to speak to an experienced NYC utility injury attorney. We can help you file a claim for compensation, and go after any third party that was responsible for your injury.
Utility workers are responsible for keeping society running in many ways. Most of us rely on electricity and gas power from when we wake up in the morning to when we go to bed at night. When we flush a toilet, we expect it to work properly. And when we turn on a tap, we get clean running water coming through our pipes. All of these things function thanks to utility workers.
Though utility workers are incredibly important for society, the nature of their jobs puts them at risk for serious injuries and disabilities. Some of the most common risks to utility workers include:
- Slips, trips, and falls: Among the most common accidents in any workplace, trips and falls are always around the corner. Since many utility workers have to work on power lines or in sewer tunnels, they face added dangers from these unpredictable environments.
- Falls from heights: Utility workers are often on ladders, cranes, and other elevated areas to get the job done. A fall from such a height can be deadly.
- Electric shocks: Any utility worker employed by an electric company must be careful when dealing with power lines and other electric currents. Utility workers in other fields must be wary of electric shocks while using machinery or working near power lines.
- Dust: Dust can include all kinds of harmful particulates, like toxic chemicals and natural elements that can do serious damage to the lungs. Utility workers may be exposed to high levels of asbestos while in buildings, as well as other chemicals. Inhalation of hazardous dust can cause terminal illnesses.
- Physical stressors: The day-to-day tasks utility workers perform can put them at risk of an overuse injury. Without stretching and exercise routines, the repeated standing, crouching, and bending while on the job can result in chronic pain for workers.
Depending on the accident a utility worker is involved in, there are different ways in which he or she can be injured. Some common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Lung and bronchial injuries
- Damage to sensory organs (eyes, ears, etc.)
- Chronic illnesses
- Deep lacerations
The injuries that utility workers suffer can present life-long complications for the worker and his or her family. But utility workers do not have to suffer in silence. If someone else's negligence caused the injury, that person or company may be held liable - and utility accidents are covered by workers' compensation in New York. After any workplace injury, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to talk about your options for receiving compensation. There is no fee to talk to our top NYC workers’ comp attorneys.
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