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How does returning to work affect workers' compensation benefits?

You may not realize it, but your job probably provides you with rewards beyond your paycheck. For one thing, every work day you get to spend time with others who are performing similar tasks in the same environment. This means that you have likely forged bonds with coworkers because together you face the same challenges.

How can welders avoid breathing in deadly fumes?

Welders work on almost any sort of project that requires the joining of metal parts. This could involve work on construction sites, bridges, ships and pipelines. And the process of welding always produces smoke that contains gas byproducts and metal fumes.

If inhaled, welding fumes can cause very severe health issues. Even short term exposure can cause problems, such as irritation of nose, throat, and eyes as well as dizziness and nausea. Prolonged exposure can result in damage to the kidneys and nervous system. The fumes could also cause larynx, lung and urinary tract cancer.

Construction-related injuries on the rise in New York City

Typically, when there is a building boom in New York City, the news is all good for construction workers. After all, more construction means there are more jobs available, and more jobs mean more opportunity to earn money. And since 2012, the Big Apple has enjoyed a 35 percent increase in construction jobs.

What should I do after being injured at work?

Perhaps you have been lucky and never been injured at work. Maybe you are new to the workforce or in a profession that enjoys a low risk of injury. But no matter where you work or what you do, it is possible to suffer an on-the-job injury. And when you befall such misfortune, you will likely need to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

What are some common storage rack safety issues?

A typical warehouse is filled with steel storage racks that house palletized items. In order to store as much as possible in the warehouse, storage racks are usually very tall. Because the loaded pallets can be extremely heavy, it's vital that racks are strong and stable. Serious injuries could result if a pallet and its load tumbles from its perch and lands on unsuspecting workers.

What fall protection measures must be taken on scaffolds?

A good portion of the work performed on a typical construction project is done above the ground and sometimes at very great heights. Obviously, this can present hazards for workers who would be seriously injured in the event of a fall. As such, protective measures must be in place to limit the possibilities of fall accidents occurring.

Work environments may subject workers to unknown carcinogens

Cancer is not really a single disease, but rather a group of diseases. A common trait of these diseases is that they all cause the spread and uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. But each kind of cancer can have its own possible causes. There are a variety of factors that could contribute to the development of a specific type of cancer. These factors could interact in ways that have yet to be explained by medical science and can include such things as genetics, diet, personal habits, age, race, and sex.

Immediate treatment can help prevent long-term problems

Perhaps you are one of those people who absolutely hates to miss work. Your ethic is such that you will report to the job on time, every day, ready to get things done. It is also quite possible that you know just how vital a role you play at your place of employment. This is to be expected as the best workers typically have the most responsibilities and are the ones other workers depend on.

Sensible policies can help keep delivery drivers safe

Typically, when workers adhere to routine safety rules, they have a good chance of avoiding injuries. However, commercial drivers are constantly on the move, meaning they may have to face a new set of unpredictable hazards every time they turn a corner. As such, they could encounter threats that are difficult to anticipate.

The right gear can help prevent jackhammer injuries

Construction work requires the use of machinery that is capable of performing very heavy tasks. Sometimes these tasks include tearing down what stands in order to build something new. And one of the most important tools used to help lay the foundation for new construction projects is the jackhammer. Jackhammers are strong enough to break through concrete, rocks and asphalt. So, needless to say, it is very important for operators to adhere to all requisite safety measures when using these powerful tools.

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
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