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Employer charged after 1 death, 2 construction injuries at site

One of the cardinal rules of workers' compensation is that the employee cannot sue the employer. As a trade-off, claims are supposed to be paid quickly and without hassle, regardless of fault. Regarding construction injuries and related mishaps, that premise often has resulted in greater benefit to the employer and substantial hardship to the employee, both in New York City and nationwide.

Construction injuries may lead to workers' compensation issues

Construction workers generally endure a high-risk factor for on-the-job injuries. Regarding the incidence of construction injuries in New York City and elsewhere, a lot may depend on whether the employer imposes sufficient safety protections at the worksite. Studies report that in many non-union sites employers are lax on safety protections due to a relative lack of oversight.

Push for protection against construction injuries grows stronger

Construction workers continue to amass support in their drive to implement mandatory apprentice training of new workers in the industry. Recently, the firefighters' unions and the transport workers union in New York City joined the Building Trades Council to promote such training. Because untrained non-union workers in the city suffer most of the construction injuries and deaths each year, the training programs have become a rallying cry for union workers seeking progress.

Construction injuries and deaths are increasing at work sites

The construction boom in New York City is something that the industry and its workers are enjoying for the foreseeable future. With increased work, however, there also comes an increase in construction injuries and deaths. A big issue now facing city officials is how to go about getting that problem under control.

Keeping construction workers safe in winter conditions

Construction workers are well aware of the dangerous conditions that they face every day. Heavy equipment, high heights and electrical wires are just a part of the career. When winter rolls around the job becomes much more hazardous. Construction workers and their employers must be aware of the dangers and how to keep everyone safe.

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