Crane accidents are always big news, especially when they occur in a crowded urban environment, such as our city. Our city experienced two significant crane collapses in 2019 that were deemed to be the fault of United Crane & Rigging Company, a firm located in Long Island. After an investigation that began with a collapse that occurred on July 30, the city's Department of Buildings (DOB) has assessed the firm a significant fine and has halted all of its work in the city.
New York's workers' compensation program requires employers to carry insurance that can provide benefits for their employees who are injured on the job. Most types of employers and most types of employees are covered. However, there are some types of employers and some types of workers who slip through the cracks in the law.
We are accustomed to reading about serious accidents at construction sites and factories, but workers can face life-threatening injuries at all kinds of work sites. Recently in New York, a lifeguard was seriously injured by chemical fumes when he was cleaning an indoor swimming pool.
The New York workers' compensation system is designed to provide benefits for people who were injured at work, so that they can pay for medical expenses and cope with lost income while they are recovering. When all goes smoothly, an injured worker reports the injury to the employer, files a claim for workers' compensation, and the employer's insurance company begins paying the worker benefits in a timely fashion.