When we report on workplace injuries in New York, we often talk about accidents that happen to construction workers on construction sites. This is largely because construction accidents are among the most common types of workplace accidents, but we realize that construction workers are not the only ones facing risks. There are dozens of jobs that are inherently dangerous or risky, and many employees face similar risks to those of construction workers, risks such as height or use of large power tools.
An example of this occurred recently in Warwick, New York, when a laborer was fatally injured at a golf course. The 38-year-old employee had worked for the Orange County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department for more than a dozen years. He was working with crew members to clear trees and debris on the morning of April 1st, when two other workers cut down a massive tree that fell in his direction. He suffered a severe head injury, and though first aid was administered immediately, the worker was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
This is an example of a tragic, freak accident that could have happened to anyone in such a line of work. Obviously every job comes with some risks, but chopping down 40 foot trees carries larger inherent risks than a desk job, for example. It is workers like these for whom workers' compensation benefits are so important.
If you are employed in a line of work that carries risks with it, it is in your best interests to familiarize yourself with workers' compensation. If you are injured on the job, it is highly recommended that you contact an attorney who is familiar with workers' compensation laws in New York. Properly demonstrating the extent of your injuries will ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that you need to cover your medical expenses and recovery process.
Source: Record Online, "Orange County employee dies after tree-clearing accident on golf course," Gittel Evangelist, Apr. 1, 2015