National Safety Council Highlights Rising Workplace Hazards

Industrial worker wearing a hard hat, safety glasses, and protective clothing in a factory setting, emphasizing the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and workplace safety.

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released a report that sheds light on the increasing hazards workers face in various industries, including those in New York. As workplace safety becomes a growing concern, it’s essential for workers to understand these hazards and their legal rights after suffering a work-related injury or illness.

If you’re injured on the job in New York, a workers’ compensation lawyer from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP can help ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to under New York law.

Work accident statistics

The NSC report highlights several troubling trends in workplace safety. For instance, in 2022, workplace fatalities in the U.S. reached alarming levels, with over 5,000 workers losing their lives due to on-the-job accidents.

Specifically, in New York City, there were 83 fatal work injuries reported in 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, non-fatal injuries and illnesses have continued to rise, leading to significant economic and personal impacts on workers and their families.

In New York City alone, thousands of workers suffer from non-fatal injuries annually, which can result in long-term health issues, loss of income, and high medical expenses.

Common workplace hazards

Several common hazards contribute to the rising rates of workplace injuries and fatalities, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents: These accidents are among the most frequent causes of workplace injuries, often resulting from wet or uneven surfaces, poor lighting, and inadequate safety measures.
  • Machinery and equipment hazards: Workers in manufacturing and construction are particularly at risk from machinery and equipment. Improper maintenance, lack of training, and malfunctioning equipment can lead to severe and sometimes fatal injuries.
  • Hazardous substances: Exposure to toxic chemicals and materials can cause long-term health issues, including respiratory problems, skin conditions, and cancer.
  • Ergonomic hazards: Poor workstation design, repetitive motions, and improper lifting techniques contribute to musculoskeletal disorders, which are a leading cause of workplace injuries.
  • Workplace violence: Unfortunately, incidents of workplace violence, including assaults by coworkers or customers, are on the rise and pose a significant risk to employee safety.

The role of technology in enhancing workplace safety

The NSC report emphasizes the potential of technology to mitigate these hazards and improve workplace safety. Innovative solutions such as wearable devices, safety apps, and advanced machinery with built-in safety features are transforming how employers approach safety protocols.

These technologies can monitor workers’ environments in real time, provide instant alerts for hazardous conditions, and ensure that machinery operates safely and efficiently.

“At the heart of Work to Zero’s mission is preventing worker injuries and ultimately saving lives,” said Katherine Mendoza, senior director of workplace programs at NSC, per the recent report. “Since the initiative began, what we have found is that there are numerous technology solutions available to employers to help mitigate risks and keep workers safe. However, workplace hazards are constantly evolving as job demands change, which is why it’s critical to regularly assess industry risks to better understand trends and find the right solutions.”

Injured workers have legal rights

Workers injured on the job in New York are often entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which can cover the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. However, navigating the claims process can be challenging without the help of a lawyer.

At Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP, we have extensive experience representing workers who have been injured on the job. Our highly skilled attorneys understand the nuances of workers’ compensation law in New York and are dedicated to ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve.

We also offer legal representation on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs, and you pay nothing unless we win your case. If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury in New York, our law firm is here to help. Contact us today for a free evaluation to discuss your case and explore your potential options for obtaining the compensation you deserve.

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