New York is home to thousands of different types of businesses, ranging from small start-up companies to Fortune 500 businesses. Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen every day. Workers who get hurt on the job may suffer for months or years, depending on the type of injury, which can lead to financial difficulties and an exorbitant amount of undue stress and anxiety.
It’s not surprising that building homes, hotels, and other structures is a risky job. The Department of Labor reported that, in 2015, there were 937 fatalities in the construction industry. That’s more than two workers killed every single day. The most common causes of construction worker deaths were falls from roofs or scaffolding; being struck by an object; electrocution; and being caught or compressed by objects while working. In fact, these four incidents are responsible for roughly 65 percent of all of the construction worker deaths reported in 2015.
Cutting and transporting timber is also an inherently risky job. Loggers’ work is not only strenuous in itself, but it is also performed in dangerous conditions. Of the total number of fatalities reported, nearly two-thirds were caused by being struck by falling trees. Other causes included issues with tools and equipment, especially the misuse of chainsaws and heavy machinery. Other deaths were caused by blows from logs or limbs.
Although many enjoy fishing as a relaxing weekend activity, commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Fisherman may be killed by boating accidents, falling overboard, being injured while on the boat, and also injuries sustained while on shore, such as unloading cargo. Fishermen are especially susceptible to suffering injuries to their upper bodies due to carrying fishing gear. Slips and falls are also common, accounting for almost a third of reported boating injuries. Using winches, wires, or ropes has also been cited as the cause of many injuries.
Overall, deaths in the transportation and material moving industry fell in 2015. However, accidents in this division made up over a quarter of all fatal work injuries in the United States that year. For example, 745 truck drivers were killed. Pilots and other airline industry members also reported injuries.
Many warehouses have goods stacked from floor to ceiling, ready to be shipped out at any time. The workers in charge of moving, organizing, and retrieving these items are at an increased risk of injury. Warehouse workers are at a much higher risk of suffering back, neck, and shoulder injuries due to lifting. They also suffer muscle tears, broken bones, cuts and bruises, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Although New York has established laws and regulations that protect workers, it only takes one mistake or accident for an employee to be injured or even killed while on the job. If you were injured at your place of work, call the workplace injury attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at 866-878-6774 to set up your free consultation. We will discuss your claim and the damages you may be entitled to receive.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)