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How dangerous are scaffolds?

Scaffolds are an important part of many construction sites. According to data from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, also known as OSHA, nearly two-thirds of construction workers find themselves regularly on scaffolds. It should come as no surprise than that one of the more frequent accidents at construction sites involve scaffolds.

Construction site accident in New York kills one

Though it is every employer's duty to create a safe working environment for their employees, some workplaces are inherently more dangerous than others. Therefore, it may be more hazardous to work on construction sites than it is working in an office space. This is because there are various heavy machines and building material at construction sites that can become dangerous if not operated properly. This does not excuse employers from fulfilling their responsibilities toward their employees-indeed it means that employers should create policies and regulations based on the workplace they are running.

Can you claim workers' compensation for PTSD?

More and more, first responders and others who are involved in workplace incidents that go above and beyond the general call of duty are pushing for the right to file workers' compensation claims for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The laws around PTSD claims are complex, and making a claim for compensation can be difficult. In some states, there are rules in effect that prevent workers from filing PTSD claims. In New York, the question is complex, and it depends on the job.

What is the difference between SSD and SSI benefits?

The Social Security Administration administers two programs through which it provides financial benefits to disabled people who qualify for them. Although the two programs, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, sound similar, in reality they pay benefits to different classes of people and it is important for New York residents to understand the main difference between the two.

Schedule and non-schedule loss of use for workers' compensation

When a worker in Schenectady is injured on the job, suffers an issue due to repetitive stress, or has a condition that came about because of the type of work he or she was doing, there is the option of seeking workers' compensation benefits. Understanding this process is an imperative part of receiving benefits and the basics are often key. One of those basics is knowing the difference between schedule loss of use (SLU) and non-schedule loss of use.

What is workers' compensation?

When someone in New York is injured on the job, they might not be sure what legal heading they can receive compensation under. Having given up their right to sue their employer, they might not be sure what legal remedy they have. Workers' compensation systems exist for this purpose-to provide insurance for those employees who have been injured or become ill as a direct result of their job. Through this system, injured or ill employees either receive cash benefits and/or medical care for their injury or illness.

Worksite inspections can be the key to avoiding OSHA violations

Most workers in New York know that their employers are obligated to provide a safe work environment, free from any foreseeable dangers that could cause injuries. However, what some people may not know is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- otherwise known as OSHA -- can conduct worksite inspections to make sure that workplaces are not in violation of certain safety rules. The wiser move is for employers to conduct their own inspections.

Are workers' compensation changes on the way?

Most of our readers in New York know that the workers' compensation system is in place for those workers who suffer injuries or who contract illnesses on the job. Injured or ill workers who are unable to return to work while they recover may be eligible for these benefits, which help bridge the gap when it comes to lost wages. However, much like any government-run program, the workers' compensation system in New York is not without the need for some changes. According to a recent report, changes may be on the way if Governor Andrew Cuomo succeeds in one of his pledges for his term in office.

Common frustrations for people seeking worker's compensation

You have been injured on the job in New York state, and now you are seeking worker's compensation. The process can be frustrating, so knowing what other people have gone through may help you feel less alone.