Streamlined Prosecutions of Workplace Safety Violations Resulting from the Worker Endangerment Initiative

By |2016-06-23T21:39:21+00:00April 21st, 2016|Workers Compensation|

Recently, WorkCompCentral Workers’ Compensation and American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds announced the federal government’s launch of the Worker Endangerment Initiative. This new program combines the prosecution of employer workplace safety and environmental violations. Often, employers who criminally violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), are also violating environmental laws at the same [...]

OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements Improve Worksite Safety

By |2016-06-23T21:49:30+00:00April 14th, 2016|Workers Compensation|

With the close of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the results of the new reporting requirement which was implemented as of January 1, 2015. The new reporting guidelines require any severe work-related injury, including amputations, loss of an eye, or hospitalization, to be reported within 24 [...]

Frequency of Workers Compensation Claims Decline While the Severity Increases

By |2016-04-05T19:05:47+00:00April 5th, 2016|Workers Compensation|

According to Insurance Business America, over the past ten years the number of workers’ compensation claims is decreasing, but the severity of the injuries reported is increasing. Milliman and Keenan Healthcare analyzed workers’ compensation data and compiled a report showing frequency, severity, and medical and indemnity costs. They considered how reforms may affect the numbers [...]

When Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Get Injured

By |2017-08-30T18:15:38+00:00March 24th, 2016|Workers Compensation|

Many municipalities in New York State have volunteer firefighters and/or ambulance workers. The communities appreciate the dedication and passion the volunteers show, and the legislature has acknowledged those that are injured in the line of duty by passing laws to protect their rights. The Volunteer Firefighters’ Law was enacted in 1957, and the Volunteer Ambulance [...]

New York Times Expose Reveals Construction Site Safety Violations Linked to Completely Avoidable Deaths and Injuries in New York City

By |2017-08-30T19:12:09+00:00December 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|

A recent New York Times expose has shed light on the rise of injuries and fatalities in New York City’s construction industry over the last two years.  The investigation found that although construction is increasing throughout the City, the rate of accidents is disproportionate to the new construction.  While the rate of new construction projects [...]

OSHA Cites Brooklyn Construction Company for Safety Violations Leading to the Death of Worker

By |2017-08-30T19:18:49+00:00October 19th, 2015|Workers Compensation|

Recently, a Brooklyn construction company has been cited for safety violations that led to the fatal fall of a 51 year old worker last April. The citations included one willful violation due to lack of fall protection and five serious violations connected to the accident. OSHA’s director of the Brooklyn area, Kay Gee, remarked that [...]

OSHA’S Susan Harwood Training Grants Help Provide Safety Training for High-Risk Workers

By |2017-08-30T19:24:07+00:00September 14th, 2015|Workers Compensation|

Safety training programs are integral to help protect workers in certain industries from the inherent hazards they face as part of their employment.  For the fiscal year 2015, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded $10.5 million in grants to 80 non-profit organizations nationwide to help educate workers who face high [...]

New Regulation Would Protect Workers Exposed to Beryllium

By |2017-08-30T19:25:40+00:00August 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|

OSHA has recently proposed a new regulation that would help protect workers who are exposed to beryllium.  The chemical, which is released through dust, fumes, mist and in other forms, can cause a fatal respiratory disease in those who are exposed.  Annually, 35,000 workers are exposed to the chemical and 245 new cases of illnesses related to [...]