Most of us can likely remember back to when we were teenagers or young adults and some of our first jobs and work experiences. Young and inexperienced workers are often unaware of their legal rights as an employee and are, therefore, less likely to report acts of sexual harassment and wage theft as well as unsafe working conditions.
Anyone who drives has likely experienced some amount of awe and anxiety while pulling up along a large commercial truck. At any given time, there are literally tens if not hundreds of thousands of commercial trucks traveling along our nation's highways and interstates and while the majority make it safely to their destinations, some are involved in accidents.
It will still likely be months before we have firm data related to the number and nature of fatal work injuries that occurred in New York City during 2015. However, numbers from 2014 indicate some trends that are likely to have continued into, and well beyond, 2015.
The ideal circumstances for workers in all industries in New York would be for company owners to comply with safety regulations. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for each industry, some employers fail to develop protocols designed to ensure workplace safety. Workers who are not informed of the potential hazards presented by their tasks, and trained in avoiding the dangers, may be putting their lives on the line.