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Information related to falls from heights

Do you work at height on a daily basis? If so, you're probably used to being high in the air as you complete a variety of tasks. Even so, this doesn't mean that you should overlook the seriousness of a fall.

A fall from height can lead to serious injury or even death. For example, a construction worker could fall off a ladder while he or she is attempting to reach a roof, or maybe a painter falls from scaffolding.

Are you protected against these common workplace injuries?

Regardless of your position or industry, or how many hours you work, there is always the chance that you could be injured on the job.

There is no denying the fact that some industries are more dangerous than others. For example, there is a greater risk of injury in the construction industry. Even so, you could be injured even if you work in an office setting.

Fewer inspections = more construction deaths in NY

It seems like common sense: when there are fewer work site inspections, there will be more safety violations and accidents. Safety advocates have been saying it for decades. And according to a recent report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health, this conventional wisdom is proving true on work sites across the city.

Over the past several years, New York state saw a significant drop in occupational safety inspections - from 2,722 in 2011 to 1,966 in 2015. During the same time period, workplace incidents involving injury or death jumped from 128 to 435 - more than tripling in just four years. Fatalities in New York City jumped from 17 in 2011 to 25 in 2015.

COMO EVITAR UNA PENALIDAD DE LA JUNTA DE COMPENSACION DE LOS TRABAJADORES CONTRA SU PEQUEÑAS EMPRESAS

Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas en Nueva York saben muy bien las presiones de tratar de obtener ganancias en uno de los estados más competitivos en los Estados Unidos. Usted no necesita el estrés de recibir una Notificación de Penalidad o un Gravamen de Sentencia de la Corte Suprema de Nueva York porque usted no tenía seguro de compensación de trabajadores.

CÓMO DETERMINAR SU FECHA DE INCAPACIDAD EN SU CASO DE SEGURO SOCIAL

Si está totalmente incapacitado por una condición médica grave - por una cirugía como la fusión espinal o otra cirugía, reemplazo de hombro o rodilla, diabetes o cáncer, o cualquier otra condición incapacitante grave - una de las partes más importantes de su caso es su "EOD," O su "established onset date" - la fecha que elige Seguro Social come el día que empezó su incapacidad.

A ladder accident can cause serious injury

Are you the type of person who works on a ladder, day in and day out? If so, there's a good chance that you work in the construction or demolition industry.

Regardless of your job title and industry, working at height comes with some risks. For example, you could fall off a ladder at any point, thus leading to a serious injury.

Shouldn't cost make preventable work injuries rarer?

New York generates a lot of work injury situations. The most unusual make into the headlines. The ones that are most common often don't. What does make the news is how much those injuries cost in terms of meeting the workers' compensation needs of the victims.

Here's one example. According to Liberty Mutual Insurance, disabling workplace injuries cost U.S. employers nearly $60 billion in 2014. That figure may be higher for the last couple of years, but we won't know for a while. The numbers supplied are the most recent available from the federal government.

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SSD DATE OF DISABILITY

If you are totally disabled for a serious medical condition--from spinal fusion or other surgery, to shoulder or knee replacement, to diabetes or cancer, or any other serious disabling condition--one of the most significant parts of your case is your EOD, or established onset date.

HOW TO AVOID A SMALL BUSINESS PENALTY FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Small business owners in New York know all-too-well the pressures of trying to earn a profit in one of America's most competitive states. You don't need the stress of receiving a Notice of Penalty or a Judgment Lien from New York Supreme court because you did not have a workers' compensation policy.

Dangerous floor conditions can cause a slip and fall accident

Like most people, you can't watch every step you take. Even if you do your best to watch where you're walking, there are times when this isn't possible.

Dangerous floor conditions can pop up when you least expect it. From shopping malls to grocery stores to hotels, you never know when something will cause a slip and fall accident.

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