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A mass was held in memory of construction workers who had died on the job site. Construction workers are, as some say, facing an “epidemic”, with 31 deaths over the last two years. Most of the workers were immigrants. Every year, they attend a memorial mass at St. Patrick’s cathedral to commemorate the industry’s devastating losses, along with the friends and families of the deceased. Many of these fatalities occurred on non-union jobs. In response to the increase in fatalities, the city has passed bills that require large cranes to have GPS tracking equipped and activated, as well as additional licensing credentials for their operators. However, a controversial part of the bill package was left out. Unions and construction companies could not agree on whether requiring apprenticeships from their workers was called for or not. It is expected to be negotiated. According to New York Workers’ Compensation Attorney Edgar Romano, many of the fatalities from recent construction accidents could have been prevented with adequate safety regulations.
http://www.workerslaw.com/construction-accident-lawyers-new-york-city/

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Legislators in Albany have passed the 2017-2018 state budget, which includes several workers’ compensation reforms. First responders with mental injuries will have easier access to compensation and rideshare drivers will also be allowed to file workers’ comp claims. The new budget calls for a prescription drug formulary which aims to curtail overprescribing, while expanding access to cheaper generics. This measure hopes to stem an increase in opioid abuse among injured workers. The new reforms places caps for workers seeking permanent benefits, instituting a two-and-a-half year limit for temporary benefits, unless the worker can prove that longer benefits are needed. The budget also calls for new medical impairment guidelines to update how much specific injuries are worth. Reform proponents believe the measures will save businesses millions, while advocates worry that workers will see their benefits erode. According to New York City workers’ compensation attorney Edgar Romano, reforms need to ensure that every worker has access to just compensation in case of a workplace injury.
http://www.workerslaw.com/workers-compensation-lawyers-nyc/ 

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