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Robot suit helps injured construction worker walk again

A man who suffered paralyzing injuries on the job 10 years ago was recently able to walk again thanks to a high-tech robot. The paralyzed man went home with the roboticized exoskeleton which helps him power his hip and knee movements so he can stand up straight, turn around and walk.

The 39-year-old paraplegic man, who lives in Putnam County, said that he had spent countless hours daydreaming about the day he would walk again ever since his accident happened. "I couldn't believe (I was paralyzed) and was still thinking the doctor was mistaken…" He thought that a miracle would happen at some point and he would walk again, but it never did.

Here's why employers need a driving safety program

In the United States, someone dies as a result of a car crash every 12 minutes and every 10 seconds someone suffers a car crash-related injury. Every five seconds a crash happens. For these reasons alone, business owners should be alert to create a safety program to ensure that their drivers stay safe on the road. However, a lot of companies and businesses have yet to create a potentially life-saving program like this.

To further convince business owners of why they need a driving safety program, take a look at the following benefits:

  • You will reduce the chances that one of your employees will suffer a debilitating injury, and you will reduce the chances that one of your employees will die on the job.
  • You will protect the financial resources of your company by preventing injuries that result in employee shortages and protecting your fleet of automobiles from costly damage.
  • You will protect your company from becoming liable for safety failures related to car accidents. This kind of liability could result in a serious financial setback for your form, or result in increased insurance premiums in the event of an accident.

What are the most common mining injuries?

Everyone knows that mining jobs are dangerous, but that doesn't mean you have to get hurt if you work at mine. If you educate yourself about common mining accidents, you'll have a better chance of staying safe and avoiding these potentially fatal dangers

Here are the most common mining injuries you'll want to avoid:

Did your wife die while performing her job duties?

Imagine your wife works as an emergency medical technician, and she's fearlessly performed her job -- saving life after life -- for the last two decades. However, on a recent trip into traffic to tend to car accident victims, the ambulance she was riding in crashed. The accident wasn't anyone's fault, but tragically, your wife didn't survive.

It's not easy to deal with an unexpected loss, and while you and your family are struggling through the psychological aspects of your loss, money is the last thing on your mind. But several weeks later, the bills start piling up and you begin to realize how difficult it is to survive without your wife's paycheck. It's time to look into your options regarding workers' compensation death benefits -- these benefits could represent the lifeline that helps your family get back on firm financial feet again.

Strategies to stay safe in your mining job

A mining accident can result in numerous fatalities. For example, if a mine shaft collapses and traps a number of people, or blocks off their air supply, the results can be devastating. As such, workers and their supervisors need to make every effort to prevent such a catastrophe.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent a mining accident from happening:

  • Ensure that all workers are trained in safety protocol: Extensive training required for every mine worker in order to help him or her avoid injury. Minors should therefore complete all mandatory training and take advantage of as much optional training as possible.
  • Provide refresher training courses to miners: Just like all other employees, miners will forget certain essential safety practices over time. As such, it's vital to retrain and offer refresher safety courses to miners to keep the information fresh.
  • Simulation programs: One great way to help keep miners on their toes in terms of safety is to offer simulation programs through virtual reality simulators and machinery simulators. These devices can simulate real mining conditions in a safe and controlled way to help miners know what to do in the case of a serious accident.
  • Make sure that blasters are licensed: Anyone working in blasting operations needs to have the right kind of training and be licensed to use explosives.
  • Use personal protective equipment: All miners should be equipped with appropriate safety equipment for the particular jobs they're performing.

Unexpected accident in Queens leaves 1 worker dead

A construction worker is dead after a tragic fall at a home in Queens. The worker was installing solar panels at the home on a recent Thursday, when he slipped and fell two stories to the ground. Police were notified that the incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. The man was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center, and later pronounced dead at the medical facility.

The man was an employee of Sunrun, a solar panel installation company that had its installation permit approved in early October. After arriving on scene, the Department of Buildings implemented a stop work order. The department also issued a partial vacate order because the cellar and attic of the home were being illegally occupied.

Common injuries that trigger workers' compensation claims

New York residents can get hurt on the job in an infinite number of ways. Just when a workers' compensation lawyer thinks that he or she has seen it all in this regard, a new client walks in the door with the most unlikely injury of them all. That said, there are some kinds of injuries that lawyers see again and again when they're assisting their clients to get the employee benefits they deserve.

Here are some of the most common workers' compensation-related injuries:

Avoid these ladder mistake on the job

There are three primary things that workers do wrong when they use a ladder on the job. These mistakes can result in serious, debilitating and even deadly ladder injuries. Whether you're a construction worker who uses a ladder every day, or an office worker who only seldom uses one of these devices, be sure to review all of the following ladder missteps so you can avoid getting hurt while you're at work.

Don't pick the wrong ladder for the job: Many workers choose a ladder that isn't tall enough to reach the item they're trying to get. This can result in getting too high on the ladder and falling off balance. Alternatively, a worker might use a ladder that isn't rated for the amount of weight they need it to hold. Always consider the choice of ladder and ensure it's appropriate for the task.

Prevent office-related injuries by following these tips

Most New York workers don't think of an office as a particularly dangerous workplace, but employees can suffer from a host of complications as a result of working in an office environment. If you work in an office in Hicksville or the surrounding areas, pay close attention to the following tips, as they could prevent you from getting hurt.

Prevent office injuries with the following tips:

  • Set up your office in an ergonomic way. This means using wrist rests, adjustable chairs, trackballs and other items designed to prevent repetitive strain injuries.
  • Put your computer at eye-level. This will prevent you from straining your neck while using your computer throughout the day.
  • Put other materials at eye-level by using a document holder so that you're not constantly craning your neck to look down at your desk and back up at your computer again.
  • Take breaks. Don't just sit at your desk for hours on end. Every 30 minutes, take a break, walk around, use the restroom, stretch, get a drink of water or just take a lap around the office to move your legs.
  • Do little stretches while you're sitting at your desk throughout the day. Make this a habit and you will prevent all kinds of repetitive stress problems.
  • Make sure your feet can sit flat on the floor. This will help prevent back strain problems due to sitting for too long.

Nurses advocate to prevent workplace injury

Workplaces must be safe and supportive to keep the trust of employees. Few places challenge this idea more than hospitals, where unpredictable conditions and distressed patients make workplace accidents a near-daily occurrence.

Extreme cases have included violent patients punching nurses in the face or even using firearms to take hostages. More common incidents are the result of physically aggressive and verbally abusive visitors or patients affected by substance abuse or grief.

  • American Association for Justice
  • NYCOSH-New York Committee for occupational Safety & Health
  • NYSTLA
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Society of New York Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, Inc | 1945
  • National Organization of social security claimants Representatives
  • NYSBA
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