A construction worker recently sustained an injury on a construction site as he tried to dodge a crane. DNA Info reported on the incident, which sent the affected worker to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The incident was one of many in recent years in which employees have been harmed by problems with cranes on construction sites throughout New York City. Some of the incidents have been far more serious than others, with cranes collapsing on or hitting construction workers and causing fatalities. Whenever a construction worker is hurt due to a crane, or is otherwise injured on a construction site, New York City construction accident lawyers should be consulted. Attorneys can provide assistance obtaining workers' compensation benefits for the worker or can provide assistance in obtaining death benefits for the employee's family if the crane accident is a fatal one.
Crane Incident Causes Injury to Construction Worker
According to DNA Info, the worker who was recently hurt in the incident involving the crane was injured when he tripped and fell. The worker was at the site of the construction of a new hotel being built at 701 Seventh Avenue. He was trying to move out of the way of a crane and he fell on the ground floor. Initially, the reports of the incident indicated that a beam had fallen on the worker and caused serious injury, but later updates revealed the worker had simply tripped when trying to get out of the way of the crane that could have seriously hurt him. The construction site where the incident occurred has already had numerous problems, so this new incident is part of a larger pattern. DNA Info indicates there have been a “litany of complaints about unsafe conditions,” and that worker injuries have “plagued the Seventh Avenue work site.” One prior incident on the same site also involved a crane. In May of 2016, there were numerous complaints that a crane cable was hanging down over the street. This was causing traffic delays as well as creating an unacceptable risk of harm. There was also an incident in which a battery with a harness fell to the street on that same day. A month after those incidents, a driver indicated his windshield sustained damage while waiting at an intersection near the construction site, and in September two workers were hurt in separate accidents that occurred on site. On September 2nd, one worker cut his finger while using a wood saw and another sustained injury when a beam fell on his foot. More incidents also occurred in October, November, and March. Obviously, this construction site needs to do much better about avoiding hazards. Unfortunately, crane accidents have also happened at numerous other locations citywide in recent years, so even if issues are corrected here, workers will continue to face serious dangers while performing construction work. The attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff can help any worker who is harmed to understand his rights and to make a claim to benefits. Contact an attorney if you're hurt by a crane or any other on-the-job accident.
Recently, two sanitation workers in Brooklyn were attacked while they were performing their work duties. CBS Local New York reported on the acts of violence that the sanitation workers were subject to. When violence occurs on-the-job, workers could be badly hurt. Violence could be perpetrated by customers or by clients, which is common in certain industries, such as healthcare workers being harmed by aggressive patients. Violence could also be perpetrated by strangers, such as a robber stealing from a gas station and harming the clerk, or by co-workers. When a worker is hurt by an act of violence, it is important for the injured employee to understand his or her rights. New York City workers' compensation lawyers provide assistance to injured workers and their families in determining if they can make a workers' compensation claim after suffering a work injury. An employee who is hurt by an act of violence should contact an injured worker as soon as possible for help.
Violence On the Job Can Cause Serious Harm to Workers
The recent CBS Local report on the sanitation workers demonstrated the risks of workplace violence. The workers were picking up garbage outside of a home on Highland Avenue in Brooklyn. Two men jumped out of a white van as the workers were doing their jobs. The men in the van claimed that they were cut off by the garbage truck. One of the men who had jumped from the van had brass knuckles. He repeatedly hit the 53-year-old sanitation worker on the head. The attack caused the sanitation worker to suffer bruises on the head and also left the worker with a large cut on his ear. When a 39-year-old sanitation worker tried to break up the fight and stop the attack on his older co-worker, a second man who had been in the van jumped him and also caused him to suffer injury. At the end of the incident, both sanitation workers were left bloody, cut up, and bruised. A witness to the incident who teaches at a school on Highland Place ran into the street when he heard the fighting going on. The street is a very narrow one, and the witness indicated the sanitation workers were ambushed by the attackers with nowhere to go. After hitting the sanitation workers, the two men drove off quickly in their vans. A witness took a picture of the van, which included the license plate, so police were able to track down the van's owner. The owner was not one of the two men who perpetrated the attack, and police are still searching for them. The injured employees were transported to the hospital and were recovering at home from their injuries. They are among many workers who will be hurt by violence on-the-job. Every worker who is harmed by a violent act should talk with the attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff to determine if they are entitled to work injury benefits to cover medical bills and lost wages resulting from the attack.
In New York, injured employees who get hurt on-the-job can make workers' compensation claims for benefits with help from a New York City work injury lawyer. Employers are expected to either buy insurance coverage or to self-insure so benefits are available for injured employees after an accident at work. State law determines what coverage employers are required to obtain and state laws establish how the workers' compensation benefits system operates. The last major reforms to state workers' compensation laws in New York passed a decade ago, and WSKG News reports that there are currently negotiations underway to potentially reform some parts of the workers compensation system in New York State. Companies are eagerly awaiting any news of reforms in order to make their business plans for the upcoming year.
Will Workers' Comp be Reformed in New York?
According to a previous article in WSKG News, there has been a push to reform workers' comp rules in New York State since the last legislation passed 10 years ago. Workers' compensation insurance rates within New York are the third highest rates in the United States, and employers want reforms to help bring down costs. There are also efforts to reform workers' compensation by advocacy groups who are concerned about the level of care that is being provided to workers and who are concerned about the time that it takes for workers' compensation claims in the state to be reviewed. Another big issue is that there is continual uncertainty each year for businesses who do not know what to expect for the total amount of workers' comp insurance costs. Many companies would like reforms to make these costs more predictable so companies can plan for them, rather than having to wait through legislative negotiations each year to know what their insurance expense will be. Hopefully, if reforms pass, changes will be made to the workers' comp system that benefit workers who get hurt on-the-job, especially as a bipartisan bill to reform the workers' compensation system is currently being pushed within the state legislature. Any changes that occur are likely to have the biggest impact on workers in manufacturing and on other blue-collar workers. As WSKG News reported, a Department of Labor spokesperson who analyzes labor statistics indicated that workers in blue collar jobs have higher rates of work injury due to the fact the jobs are much more physical. When changes to the system do occur, employers must understand and comply with their new obligations and employees must understand their new rights so they can ensure they are able to get the full benefits they are entitled to after an accident on-the-job causes them harm. Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff can provide advice and advocacy for injured workers. Work injury attorneys closely follow any regulatory changes so they can provide the most updated information for injured workers who may need to rely upon the workers' compensation system to pay their medical bills and provide them with income after they get hurt at work.
Recently, three TSA workers at LaGuardia were exposed to hazardous materials while they were on-the-job. Metro US reported on the incident, which caused the affected workers to sustain injury as a result of the exposure. Injuries and illnesses due to toxic exposure will often make a worker very sick and, in some cases, exposure to toxins can even be fatal. It is vital for injured workers to understand their rights if they are exposed to something harmful on the job. A New York City toxic exposure lawyer could help affected workers to pursue a work injury claim in order to obtain medical coverage and disability income from their employers’ workers' comp insurer for any illnesses or injuries that could be traced back to their work tasks.
Workers Have Rights When Exposed to Toxins
According to Metro US, the TSA workers were exposed to an unknown material when inspecting a bag at approximately 6:00 AM at Terminal B in LaGuardia. The workers complained that they suffered eye irritation due to the unknown substance, which was later determined by Port Authority officials to be a type of food item. The workers were transported to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment of their eye injuries caused by the toxic exposure. No passengers were injured in the incident, but Terminal B had to be closed while authorities cleared the affected bag. These workers were among the many each year who are exposed to potential toxins in the workplace. In many cases, the chemicals that employees are exposed to are extremely dangerous. Eye injuries are a common result of exposure to toxins, and in some cases, are very serious and leave affected workers blind or with permanent vision impairments. Workers who are exposed to toxins and hazardous materials could also experience respiratory problems and could face an elevated risk of serious and sometimes fatal illnesses, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other types of cancers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates chemicals by establishing permissible exposure limits (PELs). However, the permissible exposure limit list is outdated, and workers are unfortunately given limited protection from exposure to high levels of many serious toxins and many dangerous hazardous substances. If an employee is exposed to toxins, that worker could have a more difficult time proving eligibility for workers' compensation benefits than in circumstances where an employee is involved in an accident and suffers an acute injury immediately. This is because it can be challenging for a worker to prove that a cancer which developed years after the initial exposure was actually work-related. An NYC toxic exposure attorney can provide assistance to workers who are exposed to chemicals on the job so those workers can successfully prove their eligibility for work injury benefits. Contact an attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff as soon as possible after an injury to find out more about how you can obtain benefits though workers' compensation, including coverage for all medical bills arising from your illness or injury, as well as disability income if you cannot work.