When many New York City residents think about bodily harm in the workplace, they envision serious accidents involving heavy machinery, construction sites or other high-risk jobs. In reality, however, workplace injuries can take place in any type of work setting. For example, people who work in jobs where they are required to complete repetitive movements can encounter a number of different injuries. Recent research suggests that these injuries might be reduced with new technologies that make use of smartphones.
March is recognized as National Ladder Safety Month. There is an average of 300 ladder-related deaths nationwide each year, and the number of disabling injuries related to ladders is in the thousands. This is a problem in New York City as well where workplace injuries that are ladder-related are prominent in the construction industry and other employment settings.
This is approaching the time of the year when outdoor work, including landscaping, will pick up. In the construction industry in New York City and elsewhere, landscaping may be a vital and critical activity employing many workers. As with any other work activity, the employer is responsible for workers' compensation benefits for every landscape worker that is injured at work.
New York City workers face the same problems that exist nationwide with respect to collecting benefits after a work-related injury occurs. Workers' compensation is a system that has worked better for employers than employees in many respects. Experts in the field, however, believe that it is time for the focus to switch more to the needs of injured workers.
Nowadays in New York or elsewhere, most people with jobs are simply glad they have one, whether their line of work is rather mundane, exciting or even dangerous. Since unemployment levels soared in recent years, many people are willing to do almost anything just to earn a regular income that helps make ends meet. Some people may not even realize the work they do can place them at risk for injuries. Of course, many jobs are inherently dangerous, and their risks are more obvious.