According to OSHA in 2015, 937 out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry construction. The majority of these deaths (62.4%) attributed to these 4 causes: falls (364 deaths), struck by object (90), electrocution (81) and caught-in/between–caused by workers caught and crushed by equipment or objects, or stuck in a collapsing structure or equipment (67).The tragedy of this is that most of these deaths could have been easily prevented from occurring. Out of the 10 most common OSHA violations, 7 of them can be directly attributed to these causes:• Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry • Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry • Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry • Fall protection, construction • Ladders, construction • Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
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If you’ve been injured at work, you have to decide whether to hire a workers’ compensation attorney or pursue your claim alone. If your case is fairly simple, you may not need to seek legal assistance from a workers’ compensation lawyer. For example, you may be able to pursue your own claim if the following apply to you:
- Your injury is minor
- Your employer admits that your injury is work-related
- You missed little or no work due to the injury
- You have no pre-existing conditions or disabilities
The Workers Protection Coalition released a study that revealed that the Workers Compensation system in New York state fails to meet the needs of many of its workers with limited English proficiency (LEP). These workers must be provided translation and interpretation services to help them benefit from Workers Compensation the same as they would for English-speaking workers.In a study that ran from May and December 2016, which observed close to 500 hearings before the Workers Compensation Board, revealed that LEP workers are not getting the representation that they need. Here are just a few of the findings in the report:
- In 18% of the hearings observed required interpretation services for the worker
- 42% of them were not provided interpretation services be the Workers Compensation Board
- Of the 51 hearings where interpretation services were provided, none of them...