New York workers may not sue their employers for work-related injuries and illnesses -- except under specific circumstances. The workers' compensation system typically provides financial assistance to injured workers while protecting employers from being sued. However, gross negligence by employers could lead to personal injury lawsuits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business owners in New York probably know how hard it is to maintain a safe work environment when everyone must work at a fast pace in order to meet deadlines. However, any effort toward creating a safety culture will come with rewards, including a decrease in worker injuries and improved productivity. Below are five tips that employers, site managers and safety coaches alike can consider as they strive to improve worker safety.
Some New York workers have a greater chance of dying on the job than others, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. The report, entitled "Death on the Job, The Toll of Neglect, 2018," was released on April 26.
Employers in all industries in New York and elsewhere are responsible for the health and safety of employees. However, almost two-thirds of workers fail to use protective eyewear in jobs that pose eye injury risks, including the possibility of blindness, because it is optional and not enforced by employers. This is what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says after conducting a study. Employees who suffer injuries at work are typically covered by workers' compensation benefits.
New York construction workers probably already know that their employers can help make job sites safer. However, they may not be aware of just how effective preventative safety measures can be.
Pinch points refer to any place in a machine where workers, or parts of their body, are liable to get stuck. It could be between two moving parts of machinery, between moving and stationary parts, or between some material and a piece of machinery. Employers in New York should know that pinch point injuries are more common than some people think.