There is no doubt that fatigue represents a substantial contributor to workplace injuries in New York City and throughout the country. Sometimes the worker may attempt to sleep too little and work too many jobs and hours at one time. In other instances, fatigue may be created by the job itself or the hours when the job must be performed. In that sense, occupational fatigue is a workplace illness or injury that is compensable by workers' compensation benefits when it manifests in the worker's disability and inability to temporarily or permanently continue doing the job.
There are many dangers that workers in New York City face every day. Some are common and expected, and others may be totally unforeseen. An accident of the latter kind took place recently on the upper East Side when a doorman at an apartment building fell and died while on the job, thus qualifying his next of kin for death benefits under the workers' compensation laws.
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.
Health care workers, despite being employed in a field that involves the care and well-being of the ill and injured, face a high risk of suffering an injury on the job. In fact, statistics indicate that individuals who work in hospitals face a risk of injury that is twice as high as others who are employed in the private sector.
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.
It is a violation of the workers' compensation law in New York, including in New York City, for an employer to not obtain workers' compensation coverage for its employees. Recently, the state Inspector General arrested two employers for the workers' compensation crime of Failure to Secure Compensation. Each of the employers were ordered to pay fines and surcharges provided by law.