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When trouble arises during a commercial fishing voyage

When a commercial fishing boat ends up in a distressing situation in waters near New York state, many issues can come up.

When the boat’s fishing permits are from another state, among these issues are ones regarding whether the boat can dock in New York without penalty. This is because, generally, fishing boats are prohibited from docking in New York when their permit is an out-of-state one.

Virtual reality: The future of safety training in construction?

Given the many safety challenges that can come up in construction, safety training is remarkably important in this industry. Safety training can take many forms. Technology is making some new forms available.

Take virtual reality for instance. A major global construction firm is starting a VR safety training program for workers. The program will be using VR technology from a technology company based here in New York. The technology will be used to provide simulations of intensive and dangerous procedures in construction for training purposes.

Train Accidents: More Common Than You Think

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We know all about the dangers of auto accidents. Not a day goes by that you don't hear about a crash during the traffic report or see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle on its way to the scene of a wreck. 

On the flipside, railroad accidents are often forgotten. After all, what is there to think about? Simply stay off the tracks, look both ways and you'll have nothing to worry about, right? 

Wrong. 

Railroad accidents are far more common than you may realize, and many of the deadliest railroad crashes do not involve collisions with other traffic. 

OSHA considering updating shipyard fall regulations

Falls are a major safety issue in the shipyard industry. Falls are responsible for a lot of the harm that occurs to workers in this industry. Federal statistics indicate that, of all the shipyard work injuries that caused workers to miss days of work between 2003 and 2013, around 22 percent involved falls. Additionally, falls to a lower level were behind four of every 10 fatal incidents involving shipyard work between 1992 and 2014, according to federal data.

Skilled maritime law attorneys understand the major impacts falls can have on shipyard workers. They can provide such workers with compensation-related guidance in the wake of such accidents. Such guidance can help with resolving confusion a worker might have regarding what injury compensation laws apply to them, what rights they have under such laws and how to assert these rights.

Safety and small construction companies

Construction companies vary greatly in size. Some New York construction workers are employed by relatively small companies. An important thing for workers with such small firms to know is that workers’ compensation benefits aren’t just available for injured workers from large firms. New York workers’ compensation rights and protections extend to employees of small companies as well as large.

However, the size of their employer can have impacts on the types of challenges a construction worker could face in efforts to get fair workers’ compensation following an on-the-job injury. Experienced attorneys can assist construction workers with small companies who are pursuing workers comp with the unique issues related to their claim.

When Ships Attack

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Maritime injury claims often center around negligent people and defective equipment, such as careless supervisors and malfunctioning or nonexistent safety devices. 

Sometimes, however, injury cases center on the vessels themselves. Today, we explore what happens when ships attack. 

What can make stepladder use dangerous at construction sites?

Stepladders can be a remarkably useful tool at construction sites. However, they can also be a source of construction worker injuries when proper safety precautions aren’t taken. For example, workers could get seriously hurt when they fall from these portable, self-supporting ladders or such ladders collapse. 

The rights of workers who make LHWCA claims

There are certain worries a maritime worker may have when filing a claim for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act for injuries suffered on the job.

For one, they might fear their employer will punish them for making the claim. It is important for such workers to know that the LHWCA grants workers the right to be free from retaliation in relation to LHWCA claims. The law prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for making claims under the LHCWA. As a note, there is an exception for employer actions taken in response to claims that were willfully and knowingly false.

Could company financial struggles pose a worker safety risk?

Construction workers deserve to be safe on the job. This is true whether they work for a successful company or one that is struggling. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that workers at businesses that are having financial troubles might be particularly at-risk for workplace injuries.

The study found that, for companies, debt increases and sudden negative cash flow events were associated with increased worker injury rates. It also found that sudden positive cash flow events were associated which decreased injury rates. These findings came from a review of federal workplace injury data.

Fighting To Protect What Matters Most

You are not the only one who suffers after a serious accident. Crushing medical bills and lost wages can be devastating to your family for years.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

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