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Serious construction injuries must be properly documented

Construction injuries in New York City and elsewhere often put an injured worker in a position of reliance on workers' compensation benefits. The family may have to struggle to maintain its prior standard of living after a key member suffers construction injuries. That is why every effort must be made by the individual or members of his or her family to stay informed and on top of the benefits process as it unfolds.

Fall injuries are among the most common for construction workers. A recent example is that of a 49-year-old worker who was critically injured when he fell from one floor to the level below in a building under construction. The man had been laying sheet metal on the sixth floor when he fell to the fifth floor.

The impact of fatigue on workplace safety

You may not realize that your body goes through 24-hour cycles that manage its rhythm, and interfering with these cycles affects everything from your body temperature, digestion and your capacity to face daily challenges. The lack of sleep jeopardizes your body's ability to renew energy. History shows that most major industrial accidents resulted from fatigue -- including the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

If you are in a job that requires you to work shifts, your body will have to adjust to intermittent changes of schedule that interfere with the natural rhythms of your body. The effort of having to adapt to those changes causes body fatigue that can have devastating consequences.

Fatal workplace injuries claims life of Amazon employee

Employees of Amazon in New York City may have heard about the death of one of their colleagues in a neighboring state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that it had opened an investigation into an incident that occurred on a recent Tuesday. A 28-year-old Amazon employee suffered fatal workplace injuries.

According to a report by the county coroner, the employee suffered several traumatic injuries in the incident that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Not many details were made available, except that the worker was in the process of hooking up a trailer to a big rig when he was run over by the truck. The circumstances that led to the incident have yet to be determined.

Workplace injuries are covered through workers' compensation

In New York City, construction workers and those who work at the airports on airplane maintenance have at least one thing in common: they may be hit by flying or spinning projectiles or machine parts while at work. When workplace injuries occur from such mishaps, the worker is entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits to the extent of any medical expenses incurred. Benefits also apply for statutory lost wages created by a partial or total disability that precludes continuing to work.

An example of that kind of injury happened recently when a Prime Flight employee was struck in the head by a spinning airplane propeller. The rotating blade of a CommutAir plane struck her while the plane was apparently being serviced off the runway. The company is a partner of United Express, an operator of regional flights on the east coast.

Workplace injuries caused by runaway bus in New York City

Suffering from on-the-job injuries can be overwhelming for any New York City employee. They not only face mounting medical expenses, but they may worry about lost income as they have no other choice but to miss work as they heal. Fortunately, employers provide workers' compensation coverage to assist with related accident expenses. Many victims of workplace injuries find that the help of an attorney can be beneficial as they file a claim. One man suffered serious injuries due to a runaway bus in Queens.

The employee was working as a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and had been a driver for many years. Needing a break, the driver made a stop when no passengers were on board. He parked and began to walk away from the bus, and the bus began to roll backwards. In an attempt to stop the bus, he tried to open the set of passenger doors, but he became trapped between the rolling bus and a pole.

Fall down elevator shaft causes fatal construction injuries

The number of accidents that occur on building sites in New York City has been the subject of many discussions and calls for increased compliance with safety regulations and more employee training. Construction workers in New York have been dying at an unacceptable rate. In one recent incident, a 22-year-old work suffered fatal construction injuries.

Reportedly, emergency workers of the fire department received a call about an on-the-job accident at the 52-story Manhattan condominium construction site on Fifth Avenue. They say the call came in shortly after 9:30 a.m. on a recent Friday. Upon arrival, they found that a worker had fallen down the elevator shaft of the unfinished building.

Trenches can pose extreme danger to construction workers

Construction workers in New York will likely face excavation hazards on almost every project. Trenches are some of the most dangerous places in which to work. Many construction company owners disregard the safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York City Department of Buildings, putting the lives of their employees on the line.

If you are uncertain of what qualifies as an excavation, it is a depression, cavity, cut or trench in the surface of the earth that is man-made. The definition of a trench is an excavation in the ground of which the measurement of its depth is greater than its width. Trenches are typically narrower than 15 feet.

Safety training and education can reduce workplace injuries

Roofing contractors are involved in both new construction, repairs and renovations in New York City. Safety-conscious companies report that workplace injuries and workers' compensation claims are reduced by a policy of safety training and continuing education for roofing workers. Statistics show that the two biggest areas of injuries and claims are falls and heat illnesses.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that falls accounted for over one-third of all construction deaths in 2015. With that in mind, one fast-growing nationwide roofing contractor, Nations Roof, claims to have established a strong risk management program that stresses safety training for its workers. The company has daily safety inspections at each work site.

Workplace illnesses may be covered by workers' compensation

The typical workers' compensation award among workers in New York City is usually seen as a traumatic impact event. A worker gets in a vehicular accident, someone falls from a ladder or a runaway forklift crushes a worker -- to name a few examples. However, modern workers' compensation statutes may also cover some disabling workplace illnesses. These cases are not typical, and they may require extra attention in documenting and proving the work-related causation that is at play. 

For example, a workplace that is crowded and has poor ventilation may facilitate the spread of infection. Such illnesses will not become workers' compensation issues unless an unusually gruesome strain of a highly disabling infection is involved. Other types of illnesses and conditions that are common at work include the contraction of back problems.

Construction injuries suffered by workers in runaway elevator

Elevator accidents involving construction workers are fairly common in New York City. These often occur with new systems being installed and tested in new construction, or they can sometimes occur under various circumstances in older buildings. Construction injuries stemming from elevator accidents are clearly within the scope of work-related injuries that are entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits. 

Those benefits include lost wages under the state's statutory formula and payment of all medical and rehabilitative expenses. Occasionally, a defect in the machinery itself may give a worker an additional claim against the manufacturer of the elevator. Such claims are processed as tort claims for damages against a negligent third party who is not the injured worker's employer. Where a claim can be proved, damages for pain and suffering, and for loss of permanent earning capacity, can be collected over and above what is allowed for workers' compensation.

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