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Does New York workers' compensation cover child performers?

You never expect your little tyke's talent act to make it big, but when it does you may find yourself dealing with far more than just managing your child's mental health and well-being while dealing with the stresses of being a performer. A great deal of paperwork and protections are required to ensure that child performers do not work undue hours or suffer hardship as a result of their performances. You may also worry about what happens if an employer hires your child as a performer, and an injury takes place in the workplace. Is a child performer covered under New York workers' compensation law?

Not only are they covered, but New York law regarding child performers requires stringent proof of workers' compensation and disability insurance (or proof of exemption) before they are allowed to hire a child performer or retain his or her services through designated parents or guardians such as yourself. The New York State Department of Labor requires a Child Performer Permit, and must submit necessary documents to obtain and provide proof of workers' compensation insurance.

What are the symptoms of baker's asthma?

There are some occupational injuries you might never expect. As a baker you may have to worry about bruising or cutting yourself on machinery, burning yourself on hot ovens or even getting arthritis from kneading and pressing dough. The last thing you would expect is to find yourself routinely having difficulty breathing, or to find yourself coughing and dealing with massive congestion. Yet if you are experiencing shortness of breath with increasing frequency, you may have baker's asthma.

Baker's asthma comes from inhalation of flour and other fine particulates from grains. These fine particulates can do the same sort of damage to your lungs as substances such as asbestos, given enough time and exposure. This damage comes with extensive symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may experience symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, runny nose and more. Some of these symptoms can be panic-inducing if they rise to the level of a full-on asthma attack.

I can’t be injured in my office… can I?

Some industries are more dangerous than others. Construction, for example, is full of potential workplace hazards that can cause serious injuries. But on-site injuries are not limited to physical labor. Many people who work indoors at an office don’t consider their workplaces particularly dangerous, but injuries can occur in nearly any setting—even in a seemingly-cushy office.

You may still be skeptical, but the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) offers some hard facts to back up this claim. According to the BLS, thousands of office workers every year sustain work-related injuries or illnesses. These are some of the most common office injuries.

OSHA Fines Construction Company $281K For Wall Collapse Death

Construction work is always dangerous. In spite of multiple layers of regulations and numerous agencies at the state and federal level, construction workers are always at risk of injury and death on the job. Sadly, that fact was underscored last year by the death of one worker and injuries to another. The construction company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the agency proposed fining the company more than a quarter of a million dollars for the safety violations that led to the workers' death and injuries.

The worker's death should not have happened. This is something that can be said after virtually every accident on the job. Because accidents are almost never "accidents." When OSHA or another agency investigates the aftermath of a incident that lead to severe injuries or a fatality, there is almost always clear negligence and too often, willful violations. As the OSHA director commented, "This incident should have been prevented...."

OSHA’s new beryllium enforcement to be delayed 60 days

Staten Island construction workers, manufacturers and those who work in shipyards may have reason for concern after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is delaying enforcement of its new beryllium standards.

What is beryllium and why is it dangerous?

NYC construction deaths decline, but fatalities increase statewide

While workplaces overall have become much safer over the past century, some jobs remain inherently dangerous. The rate of accidents and injuries in these professions is often a good barometer for judging the culture of workplace safety overall. This may be especially true of the construction industry.

Being a construction worker comes with a higher risk of workplace injuries and fatalities, particularly in New York. While construction accidents In NYC and throughout the state have declined over the past decade (in both number and severity), recent data shows that the trend may be reversing.

Workers can be compensated for illnesses contracted on the job

When we think of workers' comp, we tend to think of accidents and injuries, such as a broken leg, a concussion, severe burns.

It also encompasses injuries acquired over extended periods of time, such as hernias, from overexertion; carpal tunnel syndrome, which many cashiers and date input workers suffer from; and deafness caused by factory noise.

New York set to establish drug formulary for workers' comp

The opioid crisis is a major issue for cities and states throughout the United States. One of the contributors to the crises is injured workers who receive ongoing pain medications or the incorrect type of medication for their injury. The workers who were over-prescribed would often get addicted.

Who is liable in a ladder fall?

When working a New York construction job site, you may frequently have to ascend and descend ladders. Ladders, while extremely useful tools, can also be extremely unsafe in the wrong conditions. In the event you should happen to fall from a ladder, who is liable for the fall, your employer or the ladder manufacturer?

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