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.
The administration attempts to make certain that all employers adhere to the industry standards with regards to workplace safety. This includes making certain that hazards on jobsites are addressed or, if they cannot be avoided, that workers are trained and given all the necessary equipment and supplies to assure their safety. Unfortunately, not all companies fully adhere to the guidelines and even when they do, sometimes accidents still occur.
One of the more common places where workplace accidents occur are construction sites. This was proven once again recently when a construction worker was electrocuted at an office building in New York City. The worker was listed in critical condition after getting a high voltage shock while working at the top of a Park Avenue skyscraper in Murray Hill in Manhattan. Following the accident, he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center for treatment.
Due to the various hazards that inevitably exist on most construction sites, it is not uncommon to hear about injuries to workers. This does not mean that many workplace injuries cannot be avoided. If you have been injured while at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for your injuries. To see whether you qualify, you may want to get more information about workplace injuries and workers’ compensation.
Source: New York Daily News, “High-voltage shock leaves Manhattan construction worker in extremely critical condition,” Thomas Tracy, July 18, 2017