Recently the National Football League celebrated their annual Pro Football Hall of Fame awards ceremony, but a dark cloud hung over the ceremony for many former players who must now face the reality that their futures may be impacted by brain injuries caused during their careers. For instance, Terrell Davis, former star running back for the Denver Broncos, spoke at length about his struggles both on the field and off the field following his retirement. He discussed his current memory loss and migraine headaches and the inability to even see while he was on the field, likely due to concussions. He went on to say that he is still scared and concerned about the long-term effects of the brain injuries he encountered during his days on the field.
Individuals in New York work in a wide variety of industries. Whether a job is physically demanding or not, employees could be working in an environment that presents many risks and dangers. Even when these dangers are not clear or apparent, employees could be subject to serious and life-threatening issues. While employers are required to take steps to ensure workplace safety, whether it is through training, safety equipment or maintenance, if an employer fails to uphold this duty or is negligent, this could result in a serious workplace injury.
Since the creation of OSHA with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, companies throughout the United States, including in New York, have been trying to protect their workers. OSHA has a strict set of guidelines in place to protect employees who are working in potentially hazardous environments.
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, three workers were injured and needed to be rescued following the collapse of a building they were working on in Astoria, Queens, in New York City. The incident occurred when the upper portion of the home they were working on collapsed, leaving them trapped inside.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is giving employers more time to comply with a new rule which would require employees to report workers' injuries in electronic format. Although employers were expected to start electronic reporting on July 1 of this year, OSHA has given no indication of when it will expect electronic reports.
As other posts on this blog have discussed, our law firm is dedicated to helping New York employees who are injured on the job get the benefits that they both deserve, and will likely need, in order to make ends meet.
An owner of a construction firm in the state of New York now finds himself accused of manslaughter because he failed to help his employees secure a retaining wall even after he had been warned that the wall was not safe. After the boss ignored the warning, the wall collapsed, inflicted a fatal on-the-job injury upon an 18-year-old worker, and also hurt two more of the boss's employees.
Even when safety precautions are taken in Schenectady, New York, residents who go to work daily are often in many ways risking their lives and health. Particularly for those who work in manual or inherently dangerous occupations, like in construction or manufacturing, the reality is that employees may suffer serious workplace injuries from an accident that would have happened even if they exercised the utmost care in their work.
Many people probably have preconceived notions about what some of the most common workplace injuries are. Some will probably point to the construction and industrial sectors as the types of jobs that produce the most workplace injuries, so they might believe that accidents involving machinery or power tools are the most common causes on-the-job injuries. So, what are some causes of the most common workplace injuries?
Working in an industry like construction has certain perks and benefits. However, one major downside to working in the construction industry is the high risk of injury that many face while performing tasks on the job. Most construction workers face dangers such as heights, heavy machinery and other inherently dangerous situations on a daily basis. One such New York construction worker suffered a workplace injury while working on a project in Chelsea.