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September 2012 Archives

New illnesses covered for injured 9/11 workers

Many of the New York firefighters, police officers and other first responders who worked tirelessly in the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center (WTC) on and after Sept. 11, 2001 have found that they now suffer from a workplace illness -- cancer. Recently, the National Institute for Occupational Safety finally recognized this danger and has vowed to compensate these injured workers.

Workplace injuries lead to carnival worker's death

This summer parades, street festivals and carnivals have littered cities and towns in New York. As most people celebrate summer, other worked tirelessly to run these temporary playgrounds. Sadly, one carnival worker recently suffered a fatal workplace injury after an accident at one of these fairs.

Another construction worker injured at World Trade Center

Construction work can be dangerous. However, the pressure to finish a project quickly or the lack of safety precautions can make dangerous work even more hazardous. In these types of situations, construction accidents are likely.

Undocumented workers eligible for workers' compensation

New York is a large and diverse state. People come to New York from all over the world with dreams of being able to provide for their families and live the American dream. While many New Yorkers are immigrants that went through the proper immigration channels, some are undocumented. While their immigration status might be different, their dreams are not.

Paid sick leave lowers risk of workplace injury

Many companies, in an effort to save money, do not offer employees paid sick leave because it can increase payroll expenses by 1.5 percent. In fact, there are over 40 million employees in the United States who currently have no paid sick leave. However, New York residents may be interested to learn that this might be changing thanks to the results of a new study.