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Report indicates New York workers' safety is often tenuous

It might be hard to fathom just how many workers in New York are injured on the job. For someone who hasn't ever been hurt on the job, it might seem like these sorts of incidents might be few and far between. However, there are thousands of on-the-job injuries every year, and these have a big impact on our state's economy.

Not only that, but injured workers may have to miss significant time from work to address their injuries -- and they might have to depend on workers' compensation for an extended period of time in order to make up for that lost income.

Between 2000 and 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there were more than 463,000 illnesses and injuries among New York private sector employees. More than half of these were considered to be serious, meaning that time away from work or restricted job duties were a result of the injury or illness.

According to the data, this led to a cost to the state economy of a staggering $10.9 billion. However, the government is not in a great position to reduce these numbers anytime soon. In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected just over 5,500 workplaces in the state, or only about 0.93 percent of all workplaces. This means that it would take well over 100 years for every workplace in the state to be inspected at that rate.

Workers who are injured as a result of lax workplace safety policies often consult with experienced workers' compensation attorneys to review their cases. Nobody deserves to be hurt at work, whether through negligence or not.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Report: N.Y. Private Sector Occupational Injuries Cost Economy $10.9B in 2010-12," May 22, 2014

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