${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Call Today for a FREE Consultation
212-725-5755|201-342-7995|347-291-8008
Hablamos Español|
한국어 상담 가능합니다l
Menu Contact

Construction workers' accidents and illnesses are compensable

Respirable crystalline silica threatens the health and safety of approximately 2.3 million members of the workforce nationwide, including some in New York. This number includes 2 million construction workers whose daily activities include drilling, cutting, crushing or grinding of materials like stone and concrete that contain silica. Based on this, it is fair to say that construction workers' accidents are not the only threats these workers face as they are just as likely to develop silicosis, which is a potentially fatal occupational disease.

For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that enforcement of the final silica rule for the construction industry will commence on Sept. 1. The agency estimates that, once fully realized, the effects of the rule will cause more than 600 lives to be saved. Furthermore, it is expected to prevent at least 900 new silicosis cases per year. The rule aims to curb the prevalence of silicosis, lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -- all of which are caused by respirable crystalline silica.

Provisions that are enclosed in the final rule include the permissible exposure limit from the current 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air over a shift of eight hours to 50 micrograms. Employers will have to ensure that engineering controls are put in place to limit exposure, and if controls such as ventilation or water are ineffective, respirators must be issued to employees. Presence in high-exposure areas must be limited, and regular medical evaluations must take place for early diagnosis.

Victims of construction workers' accidents in New York -- or those who suffer the effects of an occupational illness such as silicosis -- are entitled to seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance program. The claims process can be intimidating or overwhelming. For that reason, some victims obtain the support and guidance of an attorney who is experienced in this field to navigate the legal and administrative processes for them.

Source: forconstructionpros.com, "Special Report: OSHA Silica Rule: Are You Ready?", Aug. 19, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
EMAIL US FOR A RESPONSE

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

New York Office
232 Madison Avenue
Suite 1200
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-725-5755
Fax: 212-532-4809
Map & Directions

Paterson Office
418 Grand Street
Paterson, NJ 07505

Phone: 201-342-7995
Map & Directions

Bronx Office
250 Brook Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454

Phone: 347-291-8008
Fax: 347-226-9749
Map & Directions

  • New Jersey

  • Manhattan

  • The Bronx

Back to top