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Elevator accidents in New York

New Yorkers ride elevators in high-rise buildings every day. While it’s a terrifying thought to imagine an elevator malfunction, about 10,200 people are injured in elevator accidents each year.

There are about 60,000 elevators in New York City located within commercial, retail, or residential properties, according to the NYC Department of Buildings.

What are the most common workplace injuries?

When one thinks of a workplace accident, he or she is likely imagining a serious incident that involves a worker falling from a great height, a worker being crushed by a machine or a worker driving for work getting involved in a car crash. While severe, violent and fatal accidents do happen in the workplace, these are not the most common types of workplace incidents. In fact, it was found that most workplace injuries are the result of common missteps.

What are the most common workplace injuries? Much like the wrong types of workplace accidents come to mind, many think that some workplace accidents are more common than not. To begin, the most common injury include sprain, strains and tears. The incident rate of these injuries is 36.3 per 10,000 full-time workers, and on average, a worker suffering this injury misses 10 days from work. This injury is followed by non-specified injuries and disorders, such as soreness and swelling, which occurs at a rate of 20.3 per 10,000 workers. The third is contusions, occurring at a rate of 8.8 per 10,000 workers.

How can you assert a personal injury accident claim?

So you're walking the streets of New York, minding your own business, when suddenly you've fallen. Sharp pain shoots through one of your extremities, it all happened so fast, the only thing to focus on is the pain. You know you need to seek medical attention, immediately, so you do. After receiving care, you're wondering what exactly happened and how to move forward from here.

In New York, there is a lot happening, lots of people and projects simultaneously in a small space. There are often construction projects on existing buildings, turning the old into new again. However, these projects can often be dangerous if not properly overseen. It can cause those in the area to be subject to dangerous scenarios and can cause premises liability injury.

Helping recover workers' comp after a construction accident

Working in construction can be a very rewarding career. Those entering this field understand that this job carries with it many risks. Dangers aside, there are many ways to increase safety on construction sites. Despite these efforts, however, accidents still happen. And when such incidents do occur, construction workers could suffer serious injuries.

A construction accident injury can be serious. In some cases, it means falling several stories and suffering injuries to various body parts. When a construction worker is unable to work because of a work accident, it can be challenging in many ways. It is especially challenging when it comes to making ends meet and cover his or her basic needs.

Propane tank fire endangers Liberty Island workers and tourists

Construction accidents can occur in any part of New York, even in areas that are away from all the skyscrapers and highways. This was shown last week when three 100-pound propane tanks caught fire at Liberty Island, forcing the tourists seeing the Statue of Liberty to evacuate.

The tanks were part of a construction project to build the Statue of Liberty museum. On Monday, August 27, they began to burn around noon. This set off two fire alarms and led to over 3,000 tourists boarding the ferries to leave New York’s iconic landmark. The FDNY spent the next couple of hours extinguishing the flames and cooling down the propane tanks until it was safe to be back on the island.

New York's premises liability laws can prove fault, seek damages

New York City is a busy and bustling place. With all the action, people and things happening, life moves pretty quick. However, it only takes an instant to be injured in a premises liability related incident. With all the people milling around Manhattan, property owners are expected to keep their properties maintained and up to date.

Failure to do so could easily result in a premises liability incident. You may not even actually enter the inside of a property when you are injured. Raised sidewalks, falling objects and inadequate lighting could easily cause accident injury on a Manhattan property. It becomes even more of a liability if the property is being renovated, as doing construction in such tight quarters can pose a hazard to the public.

High rate of drowsy drivers during the holidays

Although summer is coming to a close, residents in New York and elsewhere are prepared for Labor Day and the other holidays that occur in the fall and winter months. Summer vacation and holidays often mean traveling to spend time with friends and family in order to celebrate these events. While this is common, it is also something that increases the risks on the roadways. In fact, there are concerns that go beyond the typical high rate of intoxicated drivers on the roads.

Although drunk driving remains a concern and it is highly dangerous, there is also a concern of a high rate of motorists that do not get enough sleep getting behind the wheel. Fatigued or drowsy driving is considered to be just as dangerous as intoxicated driving, and sleepy drivers can be the cause of serious and even fatal accidents.

The dangers of bicycle accidents among deliverymen

Individuals in New York and elsewhere are on or near the roadways for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it is for work, school or recreation activities, there are a wide variety of vehicles used to get around the city. For some, bicycles are their main source of transportation. While this is a convenient source, it is also one that presents risks and could be involved in a serious or even fatal accident.

Many deliverymen in New York travel by bicycle. This is a convenient way to get deliveries to their destination; however, there are many risks associated with traveling on busy roads with motor vehicles. Following the death of a 14-year-old Guatemalan boy, the dangers and risks associated with this job have been highlighted. In fact, the results of this bike accident, which occurred this past November, sparked a lot of controversy.

What does workers' comp offer injured construction workers?

Whether its their first day or 25th year working in the business, construction workers are most certainly aware of the dangers that go with this line of work. While the risks are apparent, it does not make it any easier on a construction worker when an accident does happen. Whether a New York construction worker is working on a commercial building, a residence or a high rise, it is important to understand what options are available to an injured worker such as workers' compensation.

What benefit does workers' comp offer injured construction workers? While workers' comp is widely known term, it is not always apparent that this is a real option for a worker. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, much focus goes on recovering after an injury; however, this benefit should not be overlooked, as it can help a worker overcome the financial hardships caused by an accident.

What could cause an outdoor slip and fall accident?

New Yorkers spend a lot of time walking to and from places. Whether it is from their residence to school, the subway to a store or a vehicle to his or her work, individuals in New York find themselves walking outside a lot of buildings, residences and establishments. While this seems like a normal and routine thing, the reality is that there are risks when even walking outside the property of others. A slip or a fall is often thought to occur indoors; however, they can also happen outside the premises.

What could cause an outdoor slip and fall accident? Slip and fall accident are unfortunately common, but they do not always occur indoors. There are many conditions that could result in a slip and fall outdoors. The winter months are a prime time for these incidents. Pedestrians are faced with dangers because of icy sidewalks, paths and parking lots.

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