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.
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.
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.
It’s a sad story that’s been repeated too many times throughout our history. Employees give the best years of their lives to a company only to find out that they were exposed to harmful chemicals, radiation or other workplace hazards and now have a medical ailment that requires extensive medical treatment. Yes, occupational illnesses like these are sometimes hard to predict. Companies may not have known about the hazards at the time, but upon learning of the damage that has been done, they have a responsibility to take care of the people who gave them so much over their careers.
When you think of workplace illnesses, the image that jumps to mind is probably one of a factory worker breathing in noxious fumes day in and day out, or a construction worker who's made to lift heavy machinery over and over again. But occupational illnesses take all sorts of forms and pop up anywhere, from coffee shops to the cubicle.
Every job comes with its inherent dangers and employers are supposed to mitigate these potential pitfalls by providing well-maintained equipment, offering safety training and constantly monitoring the workplace for potential hazards. When an injury does occur, workers should receive workers’ compensation to take care of medical expenses and lost wages.
When the economic downturn came, some businesses closed while others made big changes in order to stay open. The job losses flooded the market with the unemployed and underemployed, some of whom began picking up work as independent contractors. In the trucking industry, for example, some truckers left behind working as employees in order to become independent owner/operators.
No one is immune to the possibility of injury in the workplace as the result of accidents. Many jobs come with the risk of occupational illness, which can be summed up as the impairment of a worker as a result of something physical, chemical or biological in the workplace. However, it is the responsibility of employers to provide adequate training and safety equipment and to ensure that workers are safe in their work environment.
Thousands of New Yorkers get up each morning and head to a construction site to continue work on a new building or renovation project. Unfortunately, construction work often poses significant risk to workers, and there are several types of injuries a person can sustain on the job. Workers' compensation is designed to help victims of workplace accidents navigate a difficult time and help them get back on track. This money can cover medical expenses as well as lost wages that result from time away from work.
There are many workplace hazards that can cause illnesses, and some of these may carry long-term effects. Illnesses may be known as soon as they occur, though some take a long time to develop. If you have experienced an illness or any side effects from activities on a work site in New York, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to cover time missed from work and medical expenses. However, changes to the way employers report their injury and illness rates may affect your safety and well-being.