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Protecting workers during the cold winter months

At times, winter in New York City can be brutal. Bone-chilling cold, snow and ice are all par for the course this time of year and employers should take steps to protect employees from suffering the ill-effects of all three. Regarding the actual cold temperatures, workers who work outdoors or in unheated warehouses are not only at an increased risk of suffering frostbite and hypothermia, but also dehydration. It's important, therefore to ensure that workers take breaks from the cold, have access to water and wear appropriate winter gear.

Protecting temporary workers this holiday season

As the month of October draws to a close, the holiday season will soon be upon us and with it the 2015 holiday shopping season. Every year, retail stores across the country and throughout New York City seem to kick off their holiday sales earlier and earlier. For many stores, this means staying open later and staffing more employees.

The fatality rate among U.S. workers climbed 16 percent last year

Imagine kissing your spouse goodbye in the morning as he or she headed off to work and soon thereafter receiving a telephone call that there's been a terrible accident and your spouse was fatally injured. For the families of 4,679 workers, last year, this nightmare scenario became their reality.

What is sick building syndrome?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the average U.S. adult takes an average of 16 breaths per minute. This means that during a normal eight-hour work day, an employee takes approximately 7,680 breaths. Of course breathing is second nature and most of us don't give any thought to the action of breathing or to the quality of the air we're inhaling.

Workers' risks of suffering heat-related illnesses increase with summer temps

After an especially brutal winter, it's finally summer and New York City residents are basking in the sun and enjoying the heat of summer. Along with the warmer temperatures, come hazards associated with heat exhaustion and stress. For individuals who work at warehouses, manufacturing facilities, restaurants and construction sites; heat-related illnesses and medical conditions are especially concerning and employers must take steps to protect and keep workers safe.

  • 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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