There are many people who might exclaim that their job makes them sick. But what happens when this is not a frivolous remark but a statement of fact? Every year, many workers in New York are made seriously ill because of hazards in their work environment. For some, this danger is unknown, while others are aware of it, but believe they have been supplied with adequate protection.
Every worker has the right to a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, referred to as OSHA is in charge of making sure employees have a safe working environment. OSHA intent is to see that worker are protected from illness caused unsafe conditions, one time injuries and hazard that may cause death. Employers are required to make sure the conditions of their workplace are safe and meet OSHA requirement.
Many dangers exist in construction work in New York and in any location construction work takes place, given the nature of the tools and the type of jobs construction workers do. They work with sharp and heavy tools and are often put in difficult and dangerous positions. Saws, hammers, scaffolding, nail guns and such are common tools of the trade. Accidents may be as simple and painful as a hammer striking a finger or as devastating as a fall from the top of scaffolding. What we may not realize is that construction work includes more than just construction sites.
Workers’ compensation is a vital benefit afforded to employees under the law. Because of these benefits, workers can do their jobs to the best of their abilities, safe in the knowledge that they and their families will be taken care of if an accident or illness should occur. However, it is important to remember that nobody likes to give away free money, so while employees can enjoy the protection of workers’ compensation, they may not always be given as much as they need.
As workplace accidents and injuries remain a serious concern for everyone—employers and employees both—it is important to take a look at the statistics behind such incidents. Analyzing the data can help determine how effective certain methods are at preventing injuries, or highlight areas that need improvement. An increase in accidents obviously indicates that more effort is needed to prevent such injuries, while identifying how common some injuries are can help focus on which areas need improvement.