Back injuries, broken bones and shoulder strain may be familiar injuries to many New York workers. Those in the construction industry are no strangers to work injuries that can alter a person's life in a split second. However, injuries that do not get much press are those related to the eyes. Eye injuries in the workplace affect about 2,000 workers a year and are almost entirely preventable.
It may not take a study to show that some jobs are inherently dangerous. Most people in New York can probably guess that construction, farming and truck driving are among jobs that claim the most lives across the country. Jobs that include working from heights, exposure to harsh chemicals or operating heavy equipment are usually categorized among the most risky. However, new research shows that work injuries can also be categorized by race and ethnicity.
Construction workers in New York surely do not like to hear about fellow workers being injured on the job. Even if those work injuries took place in another state, such accidents are stark reminders of the constant danger of working in high places around heavy equipment. Such an accident in a midwestern state has left a worker fighting for his life.
When workers in New York are hurt on the job, they may spend weeks or months recovering. Many never overcome the pain of their injuries, but they may agree that they are luckier than others whose injuries were too severe to survive. Most work injuries are preventable, but the prevention must begin long before a worker straps on his or her protective equipment.
For over a century, New York and other states have regulated individual systems of workers' compensation insurance to protect those who are injured on the job. Compensation for work injuries is provided by employers in exchange for protection against lawsuits for those injuries. However, recent investigations show that employees may not be able to depend on getting adequate help as long as states continue to cut benefits and complicate the process of claiming compensation.
Major league soccer has really come into its own over the last decade, with soccer teams popping up all over the nation, from the Seattle Sounders on the West Coast to our own New York City FC here on the East Coast. And while some clubs prefer to play on natural turf, some teams have opted for a more durable and lower maintenance option: artificial turf.
The recent explosion of construction in New York has brought with it a rash of accidents. While work injuries and deaths are often seen as unavoidable risks of dangerous jobs like construction, the district attorney's office is seeking to bring attention to criminal activity that may be at the root of those accidents. A joint task force of several agencies is working to investigate construction accidents and the potentially criminal activity that may create hazardous working conditions.
In New York elementary schools, fire drills may seem silly to small children. However, the adults understand the importance of practicing safety procedures until they become second nature. Similarly, while on the job, people who take steps to make safety a routine part of the day may prevent needless work injuries. In 2014, over 4,800 workers across the country died on the job, and many of those accidents may have been prevented by following safety measures.