Workplace Injuries in New York City Skyrocket

workplaceinjuries Fatal work injuries in New York City increased by 39 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year even as the nationwide figure inched up only by 2 percent. According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a spike in the number of suicides and homicides was linked to the overall increase. While workplace violence was the leading cause of this surge in workplace deaths, dangerous conditions in the workplace, particularly in industries such as construction, manufacturing and retail, contributed to several injuries and fatalities as well.

Construction Deaths Rise
Construction industry accidents alone resulted in 28 percent of all fatalities in New York City in 2014. Transportation incidents caused the most number of deaths nationally, or 40 percent of all fatalities, but only about 18 percent of those in New York City. Construction industry fatalities rose partly because building activity in the city has surged. Citywide 22 construction workers died on site in 2014, a 29 percent increase and the highest tally since 2012.
Construction companies, general contractors and building owners that fail to provide basic protective equipment and fail to train workers properly put employees at a heightened risk of injury and death, officials said. In response to lax attitudes toward safety on the part of construction companies etc., the New York City Department of Buildings plans to hire 100 additional inspectors to monitor construction sites.
Creating a Safer Workplace
There are many steps that employers in different industries can take to prevent tragic workplace accidents. Not only do these accidents and injuries cause serious disruptions in work, but they also devastate the lives of the injured workers and their families. Employers, managers, general contractors and owners have a duty and an obligation to the employees to maintain a safe working environment and protect them from hazards that threaten their wellbeing. Here are a few tips:
• It is natural for companies to want to get the job done on schedule or ahead of time. But this should not become an excuse to take shortcuts and fail to address problems that may pose dangers to workers on the job. Make sure employees don’t commence any work until they are thoroughly trained for the job as well as in all required safety procedures.
• Transportation accidents on the job are preventable. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace transportation accidents cost employers etc. about $60 billion a year. Make sure all company vehicles are routinely inspected and maintained.
• Be aware of weather conditions. Make sure your workers are prepared for the weather. If it is too cold, it is important that they are appropriately dressed. If they are working in hot weather, it is important to ensure that they are properly rested and hydrated.
• Personal protective equipment is critical when it comes to injury prevention. For construction workers and other laborers, this might mean protective goggles to prevent eye injuries, gloves to prevent cuts or burns, hard hats to safeguard against falling objects, safety boots in work areas where heavy objects may be dropped and injure their feet, etc.
• Good housekeeping is also important for any type of workplace. Paper, debris, clutter and spills can be dangerous and cause slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Evaluate your work environment with a critical eye. If you are an employee who spots a safety issue, be sure to report it right away to your supervisor.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured on the job, the first step you need to take is to get first-aid and medical attention as soon as possible. Under New York law, the treating health care provider must be authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board, except in an emergency situation.
Report the incident to a supervisor as soon as possible. In New York, an employee should report a work-related injury within 30 days of the accident and in the case of an occupational illness notification should be given within two years after the disablement or within two years after the worker knew that the illness was work-related. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions. Go back to work as soon as you are able.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker (an undocumented immigrant) who was injured on the job – one of the highest construction case settlements in New York that year.
Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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