COVID-19 Notice: Block O'Toole & Murphy is fully operational in accordance with safety regulations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
Our attorneys continue to provide quality legal representation and are available to discuss your case over the phone, email, or video. Read more from our managing partners.
Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

New OSHA Report

Employers Continue Dangerous Practices That Place Workers At Risk

If you are reading this, you, or someone you know, has probably been in a work-related accident. Below we talk about a report that was released on worker safety in the United States. None of the results should qualify as groundbreaking news. The report references the results as lessons for the future. Most workers in the construction industry would prefer "Confirmation of everything they have said in the past."

The report does just re-state the obvious but there are some useful nuggets hidden in the report. We break down why you should care.

OSHA recently concluded that employers continue practices that put workers at risk. OSHA determined that these employers conduct themselves this way despite one or more of their employees being involved in a recent and tragic worksite accident. Additionally, the report cited employers for going to great lengths to conceal dangerous worksite hazards to order to avoid fixing them. Profit before people. It happened centuries ago and continues to this day.

How did OSHA reach these damning, yet obvious, results? This all came about after they initiated a requirement for employers to begin reporting severe workplace injuries within 24 hours.

What did we learn about worker safety in 2015? Some statistics are astounding:

  • 10,388 reports of severe workplace injuries occurred, nearly 30 a day.
  • 7,636 reports of workers being hospitalized
  • 19 percent of the reported severe workplace injuries were in the construction trade

The study also concludes that many severe workplace injuries are not reported. This is a well chronicled problem, particularly with undocumented workers. The workers fear how reporting an accident may impact them and the employers are only to happy to exploit this. The Latino community is disproportionately impacted by this untoward practice.

OSHA is hoping their continued vigilance will improve worker safety for all. Their goals are to engage more employers in identifying and eliminating serious worksite dangers and to improve their enforcement techniques. We applaud their efforts but remain cynical of the longterm impact. Why? It requires the cooperation of employers and a universal commitment that safety is prioritized over making money.

Block O'Toole & Murphy is a team of lawyers who handle cases for injured workers in the New York area. Our results on behalf of injured workers are second to none. We have recovered almost 1 Billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients. Contact us now at 212.736.5300 if you want to discuss a work related injury.

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

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.


Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Expertise - Best Workers Compensation Attorneys New York City 2020
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300

What can we help you find?