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Construction worker dies from fall

Every job we take comes with its share of risks and potential hazards. From sitting and staring at a computer screen all day in the same position to carrying heavy loads or operating dangerous equipment, on-the-job injuries are a real possibility for anyone who works. Employers have an obligation to their employees to mitigate these risks as much as possible by giving workers proper safety training and providing a safe work environment. When an accident does happen, employees should be covered by workers’ compensation, which generally pays for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation.

Some Texas Instruments workers still waiting for compensation

When you’re employed by a company, there’s a reasonable expectation that they will look out for your best interests. At the least, they have an obligation to provide a working environment that is free from dangers. This includes taking steps to prevent workplace accidents and also making every effort to avoid workplace illnesses. Granted, even the most diligent company can’t catch every potential danger that exists in the workplace. They might employ materials that are dangerous but not know because science hasn’t caught up yet. 

Manhattan workers suffer burn injuries at Pier 86

Our careers and chosen professions are incredibly important to our sense of well-being and accomplishment in life, so when it is taken away by a tragic accident, it can be devastating. Of course, no job is completely safe from all risk of injury, but you generally trust your employer to do everything in their power to provide a work environment that mitigates those risks. Sadly that doesn’t always happen. Companies often let the bottom line come before the safety of their workers.

Construction worker killed at New York computer chip plant

Anyone who goes into the construction business accepts that there is certain level of risk. After all, the job normally involves working with heavy machinery, traversing scaffolding at great heights and using potential dangerous tools. However, it’s the job of the construction company and the manufacturers of this machinery to mitigate the risks and create a safe working environment for their employees. Sadly that doesn’t always happen. When an accident does occur, workers’ compensation is supposed to be there to help the injured worker take care of medical bills and any rehabilitation that might be necessary.

Some 9/11 responders still fighting for workers' comp benefits

When the twin towers fell on that horrific day 13 years ago in September, America’s hearts cried out for all the victims and for the responders who risked their lives to save others. Many of those responders were firemen and police officers, but a lot of us forget that ordinary New Yorkers, unaffiliated with any official rescue group, bravely went toward the sounds of chaos on that fateful day and the days soon after to try to save their fellow countrymen. Sadly, it appears that some of them may have been wrongfully denied workers’ compensation benefits.

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