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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.

Occupational asthma can develop extremely quickly

Perhaps you believe that if you weren't born with asthma, you will never have to worry about suffering from its symptoms. Unfortunately, it is possible to develop asthma at any point in your life. And you are all the more vulnerable if you work in an environment that exposes you to such elements as mold, chemicals, dust or even plants and animals.

Workers' compensation benefits include rehabilitative services

If you should ever have the misfortune of being hurt on the job, hopefully, your injuries will not alter your life in any great measure, and you'll be back to your old self quickly. But sadly, sometimes, injuries can leave workers with long-term issues that require some form of rehabilitation. Fortunately, the state of New York's Workers' Compensation Board offers a variety of rehabilitative services for injured employees.

What should be done to treat a cut?

Whether you are a head chef or a prep cook, if part of your job requires slicing or chopping food, you need a good sharp knife to complete your tasks. And you are also likely aware that using a cutting knife safely requires careful attention. But restaurant work is often very hectic, especially during peak meal times. It is all too easy to slip or make a mistake while hurriedly slicing something. And the slightest slip can lead to a very nasty cut.

Cranes do heavy lifting and pose potential danger to workers

Staten Island, and indeed the entirety of New York City, is in a constant state of change and growth. And the construction industry is a major contributor to that growth. Often the city's development is characterized by tearing down the old and replacing with the new. And it takes many hard working individuals who operate very large and powerful machines to get this task accomplished.

Chemical exposure can lead to occupational skin diseases

If someone asked you to name the largest human organ, what would be your answer? If you said the lungs, intestines or some other internal part, you would be wrong. Believe it or not, your skin is your largest organ. And while you may not think of your skin as performing organ-like tasks, it is responsible for such functions as temperature control, vitamin D synthesis and tactile sensation.

Workers' compensation is vital for workers with spinal injuries

If you should ever be injured while on the job and the injury is properly treated, there is usually a good chance that you will enjoy a full recovery. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, you will probably be able to have your medical care covered by the workers' compensation program. Also, the human body has amazing healing properties that help us get back on our feet and back to work.

What can help prevent dehydration?

There is no doubt that you have to be strong and have tremendous physical stamina to work at a construction site. But even the heartiest construction worker can be undone by the summer heat. And it does not take long for the heat to take its toll. You can begin to experience the symptoms of heat stress after just a couple of hours of moderate work.

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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