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Work Injuries Archives

Roof collapse results in serious work injuries

Construction seems to be a perennial event in New York. Whether it is a new building being raised or an old one receiving much-needed upgrades, the men and women on the front lines of construction know they risk work injuries every day. Part of what makes construction dangerous is the element of the unknown. From changing weather conditions to the failure of a safety device, at any moment, a routine day can turn into disaster.

New York company owner charged after fatal work injuries

Under most circumstances, construction workers who are injured on the job may claim benefits from workers' compensation insurance. These benefits cover medical bills, rehabilitation and lost wages. Additionally, workers' compensation provides death benefits to surviving families when their loved ones die as the result of a workplace accident. As reassuring as that may sound, most New York families would prefer that construction company owners would simply make the work environment as safe as possible to avoid those catastrophic work injuries.

Work injuries sideline New York construction worker

While most people suffer an injury on the job at one time or another, construction accidents are seldom minor incidents. An accident at a construction site may mean work injuries that can be permanently disabling or even fatal. Recently, a New York man was injured in an mishap that could have been disastrous.

Work injuries involving eyes can be prevented

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.

Latinos suffer highest rate of work injuries

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.

Man suffers critical work injuries in 50-foot fall

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.

Preventing work injuries requires a multi-level approach

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.

Changing laws may complicate claims for work injuries

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.

A growing use of artificial turf and the growing cancer risk

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.

New York task force probes work injuries for criminal causes

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.