New York workers who are exposed to high levels of noise in their places of work may be shocked to learn that almost 125,000 workers nationwide have to cope with permanent hearing loss that is work-related. This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is based on statistics recorded since 2004. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says although this occupational disease is preventable, it continues to cause significant concern.
The dangers of exposure to silica dust were recognized many years ago, and to address the issue, the U.S. Department of Labor released a film about it as far back as 1938. Nothing much has been done about it since then, and about 1,600 new cases of silicosis -- an occupational disease caused by the inhalation of silica particles -- are reported annually. The number of fatalities per year is reported to be approximately 100.
There seem to be some ambiguous areas related to the level of responsibility staffing agencies that place temporary workers have when on-the-job injuries occur. New York temporary workers who have suffered workplace injuries will likely face medical bills and financial hardships due to lost wages. From whom do they claim compensation? Should they file claims against the staffing agencies or the host companies -- or both?
Coping with the death of a loved one who went to work but failed to come home is naturally a traumatizing experience for the surviving family. The heartache can only be exacerbated if the grieving family learns from an accident investigation report that the loved one's death was avoidable. Such was the case for the family of a New York demolition worker who lost his life in a work accident in November of last year.
Workers' compensation exists to help individuals who suffer job-related injuries account for the related financial expenses. In most cases, the injuries for which workers' compensation is awarded are physical in nature. It's important to note, however, that workers' compensation benefits are also awarded to employees who suffer psychological work-related injuries.
In order to provide for themselves and their families, the vast majority of New York City residents must work and work hard. In cases where an individual suffers an injury while performing work-related duties, he or she is likely to not only suffer pain and harm, but may also be unable to work. When faced with this situation, it's normal to have concerns and fears about one's physical recovery and resulting financial hardships.