Health care workers are some of the most underappreciated and overworked individuals in any industry. Due to the fast-paced and risky nature of their jobs, these men and women may face a higher chance of suffering injuries and facing exposure to dangerous illnesses. Fortunately, it is possible to minimize the risk of illness or injury by implementing certain safety measures.
When a worker in New York City is injured at work, the injuries suffered must be covered by workers' compensation benefits, which is a basic principle of coverage applicable in all states. What happens when the worker has two jobs and is injured when off duty for his or her main job? It depends on the facts, but every worker must be covered for workers' compensation benefits by each employer for whom he or she works.
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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that about 40 percent of injured workers are in their first year on the job. Why do new workers have such a high risk of injury in their first year? In New York City and nationwide, the reasons for many first-year workplace injuries follow a pattern that employers must work to change.
For New York City construction workers and other workers in the city, chronic pain is a central aspect of many workplace injuries. A major workers' compensation insurer, Travelers, has initiated a predictive model that it asserts focuses more intensively on the worker's treatment needs sooner after the injury occurs. This allegedly results in a shorter recovery period and counters the use of opioids in the treatment of such pain.