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New York May Soon Pass Legislation to Reclassify Gig Workers as Employees

  The emerging gig economy has ushered in a new class of workers who don't follow the conventional shift schedules that employees have for decades. They're called independent contractors, freelancers, or gig workers. They are currently not considered employees of the companies they work for. While some people prefer the flexibility afforded by the gig...

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NYCOSH: Amazon Prioritizes Speed Over Warehouse Worker Safety

Over the past few years, the work conditions and practices inside Amazon's warehouses and distribution centers have come under national scrutiny. Several workers have reportedly been injured or died on the job — earning the online commerce giant a spot on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's 2019 Dirty Dozen list of most dangerous...

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What not to do when collecting workers' compensation benefits

Pursuing a workers' compensation claim after sustaining a job-related injury isn't easy. Not only is the paperwork complex, the insurance companies who issue workers' compensation benefits must be convinced that your injury requires medical treatment and time off from work. Having an attorney on your side to advocate for you can maximize your chances of...

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Crane accidents continue to take workers' lives in NYC

In New York City, we often hear about the devastation caused by crane accidents. In 2016, a massive NYC crane collapse that killed one person and injured three others made national headlines. As more incidents continue to occur, it's apparent that those who are responsible for managing and operating cranes haven't learned from the errors...

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What workers who use power tools all day long should know

Millions of American workers risk neurological, vascular and musculoskeletal harm by absorbing vibrations from using power tools. Workers who use equipment like jackhammers, riveters, chainsaws, and drills for hours every day could suffer vibration injuries from operating these tools. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, pain, and discoloration in the fingers, as well as weakened grip from...

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NYC Offering Safety Training Grants to Small Construction Firms

The New York City Department of Small Business Services is doing its part to protect construction workers at small firms. Companies with 15 or fewer employees could receive grants to provide site training safety for their workers. The program could benefit up to 40,000 construction workers employed by small businesses. Under local law, most construction...

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Injury Risks NYC Construction Workers Face on Scaffolds

Scaffolding is often involved in any critical construction, restoration, or repair project on buildings higher than one- or two-family dwellings. Construction contractors use scaffolds to elevate workers, tools, and building materials. Scaffolds are a dangerous place to work — even when properly constructed and managed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that roughly...

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NYC construction safety training requirements extended 6 months

They’re dragging their feet again. The New York City Council recently extended a deadline for construction workers to complete new safety training. The new deadline is December 1st, but the bill also gives the Department of Buildings the authority to extend the deadline yet another six months. The lack of legislative momentum goes back to...

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