If you are employed, then you are probably already aware that if you are injured on the job or fall ill to a work-related sickness then you are likely covered by New York's system for workers' compensation benefits. But what exactly do those benefits cover?
Employees go to work each day with the expectation that their workplace is safe. Unfortunately, that may not always be true.
New York workers in manufacturing, construction and even transportation face a particularly dangerous and pervasive risk everyday. Regular exposure to vibration can lead to a variety of painful conditions, including carpal tunnel and chronic back pain. These conditions are common causes of lost work and workers' compensation claims. While vibration may be difficult to eliminate completely, it can be managed. With focused effort, employers can reduce vibration exposure and subsequently reduce the amount and severity of workplace injuries.
Two workers for an asbestos removal company were not only injured but also exposed to asbestos when a Mineola building's ceiling collapsed during a renovation of the property. According to authorities, 17 other individuals were in the building at the time of the collapse but escaped the incident without injury. The event took place at the former site for social services in Mineola, New York, a building that is now being converted to a family court.
Employers in New York understand that they are supposed to provide a clean and safe working environment for their employees. They should be aware that failure to do so can often result in a serious accident in which a worker is injured, sickened or even killed. Under state and federal laws, employees who are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to a workplace illness or injury may be eligible to pursue workers' compensation benefits.
Today has been designated as National Walking Day by the American Heart Association. The group has long been proponents of giving employees the resources to lead healthier and more active lives now that many of us spend so much time sitting at our desks. Studies have consistently shown that extended periods of inactivity have contributed to health issues and work-related injuries.
Getting injured on the job can be a stressful event. Some injuries, such as hearing loss, back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome, take a long time to develop. Other injuries including brain trauma, broken bones and burns can happen in the blink of an eye. Depending on the extent of a person's injury, they may be out of work for days, weeks or even permanently.