Going to work should never be a dangerous activity. Yet, for many New Yorkers it is. These hardworking men and women rely on the government and their employers to provide them with the safest working conditions possible. When they fail to do so, these workers can be left subjected to hazardous conditions that can prove deadly, as evidenced by two recent fatalities in Manhattan.
Employees across the nation face unpleasant events in the workplace. Some of this could seriously impact their lives, such as a serious accident. A workplace accident can leave an individual with significant injuries, requiring him or her to incur extensive medical expenses and lost wages. As burdensome as this can be, it pales in comparison to the losses suffered by family members that lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering they may face, these surviving family members can face extensive financial losses that can affect them both short and long-term.
For many New Yorkers, going to work is just part of their daily routine. Yet, when an unexpected workplace accident leaves them injured, their routine may be thrown out the window. These injured workers may find themselves unable to work and in need of extensive medical care if they hope to recover from their harm and get back to work. However, oftentimes workers who suffer an on-the-job injury are unable to fully recover.
Being injured on the job is no small thing. What may seem like a minor incident can leave an individual with the need for extensive medical care and the inability to work for a significant period of time. These unexpected costs, medical expenses and lost wages can leave a worker in a tough financial position. Without taking action, he or she may be unable to make ends meet, which can start a snowball of debt and despair.
New York relies on electricians to power the city. Whether you are working on a construction site or making minor repairs to the city's electrical infrastructure, you are doing important work. It is also sometimes dangerous work. Your safety should always be the top priority, but even with proper safety precautions, you might face certain dangers that other professionals do not.
Previously, this blog discussed a workplace accident that left several New York construction workers seriously injured. As much as we don't want to think about it, dangers like these threaten us in our day-to-day lives. Construction workers perform their job duties at excessive heights, on unstable footing and near speeding traffic. While their profession may seem inherently dangerous, even those jobs that seem mundane can be susceptible to on-the-job injuries. Office workers can hurt their backs while lifting boxes, delivery drivers can suffer injuries in a car accident and factory workers can suffer extensive harm when they are pinched or crushed by machinery.
Construction workers have protections available to them when injured on a job site that is not safe. A construction accident in a neighboring borough resulted in 3 construction workers being seriously injured and having to be rescued. The construction workers were trapped when the upper portion of a construction project they were working on collapsed, causing the roof to collapse. The construction workers were trapped in the basement of the house they were working on following the construction accident.
Workers' compensation benefits are available to protect workers and families impacted by a workplace accident. A Middletown native recently fell to his death in a construction accident in New York City. The fall at the New York City construction site claimed the life of 62-year old victim who was well known as a drummer over several decades. The worker fell 10 stories to his death when the platform he was working on collapsed beneath him. The victim was working 16 stories up at the time of the construction accident and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after landing on the sixth floor of the building.
This blog recently discussed the importance of workers' compensation benefits for workers who have been injured in the workplace. During 2015 through 2016, a total of 144 workers lost their lives in workplace accidents. In addition, 621,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries in workplace accidents during that same period of time. To help keep themselves safe in the workplace, workers may wonder what are the most common types of workplace injuries, fatalities and workplace injury accidents.
Workers' compensation benefits can be critical for many injured workers and their families. Because of this, it is important for workers who have been harmed on the job to be familiar with what workers' compensation benefits are available, how they may be eligible to receive benefits and how to claim benefits.