New Legislation Introduced Aimed at Reducing Asbestos Exposure for Workers

Last month, two senators proposed new legislation called the READ Act (Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database) which would update the 1988 Asbestos Information Act. The new legislation would require companies to continually update the database with information regarding known asbestos locations. The bill is aimed at limiting asbestos exposure and would require companies who handled products containing asbestos to update the database annually, instead of the previously required one time initial reporting.

Although new use of asbestos products has been banned in the United States, many new cases of asbestos related illnesses result from exposure from decades ago. 10,000 Americans die of asbestos exposure each year with many workers still being exposed to it on a daily basis from asbestos that still remains in many older buildings. In many cases, symptoms do not arise until years later when it may be too late for successful treatment. In a recent case, workers who removed asbestos from a courthouse in Missouri three decades ago have filed suit for medical expenses and damages.
Additionally, it is estimated that 100,000 have died, or will die, as a result of mesothelioma resulting from exposure to asbestos in shipyards alone. Similar to lung cancer, it can take sometimes up to thirty five years for symptoms of mesothelioma to surface. In addition to shipyard workers, high risk groups for mesothelioma include Navy veterans, those who have been employed at power or machinery plants, electricians, construction workers, plumbers, etc.

If you have been exposed to asbestos during your employment and are suffering from an asbestos related illness, contact an experienced Worker’s Compensation attorney who will strive to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call the attorneys at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson & Riordan, LLP for a consultation at (866) 557-7500.

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OSHA and Airline Ground Safety Panel Renew Alliance

Many accidents can occur on the runway of an airport. Airline ground personnel run a risk of being struck by heavy objects, and even coming into contact with hazardous chemicals. In addition, ground personnel frequently operate equipment such as hi-life trucks, jacks, dollies, refuelers, loading devices, and pushback tugs. As a result, working as ground personnel at an airport requires special safety training to avoid injuries in what can be hazardous conditions.

As a result of the safety issues facing airport grounds personnel on a daily basis, OSHA formed an alliance with the Airline Ground Safety Panel in 2008. The Alliance was just renewed for the second time on April 8, 2015 for another five years. The Alliance implemented training resources and safety guides identifying potential hazards and solutions to prevent vehicle accidents, falling objects, amputations, pinch point injuries, collisions, and other injuries. It plans to continue educating airline workers about employee safety, rights and responsibilities.

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. However, an average of thirteen workers each day are still killed, and another four million workers a year are seriously injured as a result of their job duties. If you have been injured as a result of an unsafe working condition, you may be able to file a Worker’s Compensation claim. The attorneys at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson & Riordan, LLP have experience representing clients before Workers’ Compensation boards throughout New York City and Long Island, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. For a consultation, call (866)557-7500.

Corrections Officer Entitled to On-Duty Disability Retirement Benefits

MDASR served as counsel to a corrections officer in a successful appeal this week concerning disability retirement benefits. As reported in the New York law Journal on March 17, the case concerned a corrections officer who was injured in an altercation with an unruly inmate. The New York State Appellate Division of the Third Judicial Department reversed the decision of the comptroller’s office and held that the corrections officer was entitled to duty-related disability benefits because even if the injuries arose after the struggle with the inmate, they still had a causal connection with that event.

The duties of corrections officers come with inherent perils and dangers which were contemplated by legislature and imposed under Retirement and Social Security Law §607-c. The provision relates the risks faced by corrections officers and the protections provided regarding on-duty disability retirement if a guard must succumb to those risks. In this case, the Presiding Justice Karen Peters cited to the legislative intent of the statute and was joined by Justices William McCartney, Elizabeth Garry and Robert Rose in the ruling.

Many occupations come with a daily risk of danger. If you are injured while on-duty, make sure your rights are protected and you are fairly compensated by contacting an experienced New York State worker’s compensation attorney. Contact the Law Offices of McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, & Riordan, LLP at (866) 557-7500.

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