New York is a state of industry. Life here is fast-paced and people are always rushing about their daily business. Workers tend to be high-strung and burnout is just a part of the job. While this is not true for all of New York, it is the common way of life for many in the Big Apple. It comes as no surprise then that the increasingly high demands at work have led to an increase in employee mental health costs.
People from all around the world flock to New York for work with dreams of building a better life. However, over time, many people become disengaged at work or so stressed that they begin looking for another job. This is as true of the rest of the United States as it is of New York. In fact, Forbes estimates that 50% of employees are disengaged and 70% are already looking for other work opportunities.
In New York, flu season begins around October and ends in May. Simply put, for half a year or more, New Yorkers are sniffling at home and at work. It does not help that the flu is highly contagious. According to Forbes, infected persons can spread the virus to other people a whole six feet away.
While you enjoy going to work each day, you also appreciate knowing that while you are at work that you are in an environment that is safe, functional and productive. While every job has its unique risks, if your employer fails to manage these risks, you and your coworkers could end up hurt. At Angiuli & Gentile, LLP Attorneys at Law, we understand the concerns that workers in New York have when they go to work each day.
People suffer a variety of health consequences when things go wrong at work. Often, a lot of attention is given to accidents such as falls, mishaps involving equipment and dangerous machinery, and so on. However, there are many other ways in which people are hurt while working. For example, someone may be exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace, which could disrupt their life in different ways. Moreover, the consequences of this exposure may not be immediately evident and it may take some time for someone to realize the full extent of the damage.
Employees in New York may be exposing themselves to conditions that will eventually result in permanent hearing loss, and they may not even know it. Occupational hearing loss is a common workers' compensation claim, and it is important workers know the risk factors so they can protect themselves from further injury.
For many employees in New York, working can actually stimulate positive feelings and boost mental health. However, for others work can be the cause of a variety of mental health issues. Negative working conditions can lead to anxiety and depression, which can also increase the chances of physical injuries. To avoid workers' compensation claims due to mental health, employers should integrate interventions that promote, rather than ignore or belittle, mental health.
Many people who get up and go to work each day do not think how their jobs can affect them health-wise. However, there are certain occupations in New York that can cause illnesses which may lead to workers' compensation claims. Workers should be aware of the risks and some of the symptoms so they can get immediate treatment.
Although asbestos has long been known to be a highly dangerous carcinogen that can cause multiple problems from inhaling its microscopic fibers, you may still find asbestos used in all manner of substances and practices to this day. We are continuously surrounded by asbestos in miniscule amounts, and even walking the streets of New York you will likely inhale trace amounts at a non-harmful level. Some occupations, however, still face dangerous exposure to asbestos. So who is most at risk?
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.