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June 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation death benefits will help grieving families

Losing loved ones in workplace accidents is not something wished upon anybody. Along with the trauma and the need to grieve, additional financial hardship may be experienced. This applies particularly if the deceased worker was the breadwinner. Fortunately, the New York workers' compensation insurance program offers assistance for surviving family members of workers who died in on-the-job accidents.

Misdemeanor drug charges leads to paid leave for school employee

Facing any criminal charge can adversely affect anyone's life -- even before a court appearance. When drug charges are involved, the fact that a person is innocent until proven guilty might not protect his or her job. This seems to be particularly true for employees of school districts in New York where a 38-year-old transition coordinator was recently ordered to take paid leave after he was arrested for possession of cocaine.

When surgery doesn't turn out as expected because of human error

There's no denying the fact that many people in New York benefit from surgery when it contributes to improvements with mobility, pain management and overall quality of life. However, there are times when certain issues or signs of a problem are overlooked. An article in the journal Arthroplasty Today discusses a few situations involving patients who had a total knee arthroplasty, or TKA, a procedure involving the removal of damaged bone and cartilage and the insertion of an artificial knee joint.

How much is a worker worth to the employer?

New York workers expect their employers to provide them with safe work environments. Many companies boast that worker safety is a top priority. It pays for businesses to keep their workers safe, because worker injuries and deaths cost companies money. But according to experts, some companies don't do all they can to ensure worker safety, and unsafe practices continue.

Drug charges: Bronx driver faces possession charges and more

Criminal charges or accusations after an encounter with a law enforcement officer is a frightening experience for anyone. An arrest is a serious matter, and seeking legal counsel as soon as possible might prevent a conviction. A 26-year-old Bronx man was arrested recently, and he now faces drug charges along with other misdemeanor and felony charges.

When will a motorist face problem driver restrictions?

Many people in New York will go to occasions this summer where alcohol is served. After all, summer is a popular time for block parties, weddings and one cannot forget the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays. Unfortunately, after attending such celebrations, some people may be charged and convicted of driving under the influence.

Construction workers' accidents: Truck shatters worker's leg

A New York father with two children in college is facing at least four months of recovery before he can return to work. In the meantime, his lost wages and the mounting medical bills are causing concern. Construction workers' accidents often leave injured victims facing financial hardship. This man was struck by a hit-and-run driver while working in a construction zone on Staten Island.

Preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace

New York employees face serious slip, trip and fall risks every time they step into their workplace. Hundreds of workers die from these types of preventable accidents every year. In 2014, for example, 660 workers died after they fell from height while another 138 died after falling on the same level.

Drunk driving charges and the right to refuse roadside testing

Drivers in New York may be unsure about their legal rights when they are pulled off the road by law enforcement. Nobody wants to face drunk driving charges, but what will happen if a driver refuses to submit to a field sobriety test? Refusing a blood or breath test might lead to losing driving privileges, but will the same apply to a field sobriety test?

Workplace safety: The hazards of washing skyscraper windows

Window washers in New York have some of the scariest jobs there are. Nevertheless, the skyscraper window washers seem quite happy to be working on scaffolds that are suspended hundreds of feet off the ground. The city's department of labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have strict regulations when it comes to workplace safety for window washers. It starts with thorough inspections of the scaffold and its rope-descent systems before the start of any job.

Construction workers' accidents: Glass pane kills security guard

Building sites in New York pose hazards to more than the employees involved in the construction activities. Now and then, construction workers' accidents also involve other individuals in the vicinity. One such an accident recently claimed the life of a security guard.

How IoT could help reduce workplace accidents

Each year, occupational accidents kill around 321,000 workers and cost companies over $220 billion. The International Labor Organization states that 151 workers suffer from a job-related injury every 15 seconds. Both employees and employers in New York may be wondering what can be done to reduce these numbers; fortunately, advances in technology are making a difference.

Drug charges: Bus passenger arrested for alleged possession

Whenever a person is arrested for possession of controlled substances in New York, there will be questions about whether law enforcement had adequately obtained search warrants. This question will likely also be asked after the recent arrest of a 30-year-old Queens man. He is now facing various drug charges, and it is expected that more charges related to parole violation might follow.

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