Many workers who get hurt on the job have as many as THREE different cases they can bring. Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability.
The New York Post reports on a proposal that is one of the lowest, most egregious, and even vile things we've seen in more than thirty years fighting for the rights of working men and women in New York. This is an attempt--that we have to believe must fail--to put a strictly limited money value on the lives of workers injured and killed on construction, asbestos removal, demolition and scaffold work sites. Another way to understand this proposal, is that it would encourage contractors to play fast and loose with safety precautions. Every New Yorker must fight this proposal and the people who so cheaply value the lives of our construction workers.
Calling himself "cautiously optimistic" last December, Governor Andrew Cuomo pressed MTA workers and officials to make the January 1 deadline for the Second Avenue Subway. Public works aren't known for meeting deadlines or budgets, but the Q train was indeed up and running (the N runs at rush hour as well), serving an estimated 200,000 daily riders on the Upper East Side.
Thanks to a recovering economy and certain financial incentives, New York is experiencing a tremendous construction boom. Workers are busy and projects are profitable - but the news isn't all good.
It seems that every year without fail, construction industry lobbyists and insurers tee up to rail against New York Labor Law 240, also called the Scaffold Law. But amidst calls for it to be repealed, this law has stood strong since 1885.