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Most Common and At-risk Employment Sectors in Suffolk County

Posted On: January 29, 2019

Most Common and At-risk Employment Sectors in Suffolk County  

According to census information[1], the most common employment sectors in Suffolk County are (from highest to lowest):

  • Healthcare and social assistance (e.g. nursing, home health aides)
  • Educational services (e.g. elementary, middle, secondary and postsecondary teachers)
  • Retail (e.g. salespeople, cashiers)
  • Construction
  • Professional, scientific and tech services
  • Manufacturing
  • Accommodation and food service
  • Transportation and warehousing 

The United States Department of Labor states that healthcare workers are at the highest risk of any occupation for nonfatal injury. Other employees at high risk for nonfatal injuries at work are:

  • Truck and taxi drivers
  • Laborers and stock workers
  • Construction workers
  • Janitors and cleaners
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • Corrections officers[2] 

Fatal work injuries are most commonly sustained by those in the transportation sector, including truck, taxi and farm tractor drivers. Construction workers and animal care professionals (e.g. veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators) are also at higher risk for fatal work injuries.[3] 

With the most common employment sectors on Long Island also those at greatest risk for injury, the attorneys at Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn are here to help the hard-working people of Long Island navigate the workers’ compensation system and secure the benefits they deserve. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim. 

[1] https://datausa.io/profile/geo/suffolk-county-ny/#health

[2] https://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh2.nr0.htm

[3] https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm

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Mesothelioma and Exposure to Toxic Substances at Work

Posted On: January 15, 2019

Mesothelioma and Exposure to Toxic Substances at Work 

Perhaps the most well-known example of a toxic substance-caused illness is Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This cancer targets the mesothelium, the protective lining of tissue or cells around our vital organs. Symptoms include damage to the vital organs (especially lungs and heart), anemia, fever, weight and muscle loss. While Mesothelioma is dangerous cancer, it is relatively rare and requires direct inhalation of asbestos. 

However, in almost every workplace, there is some danger of exposure to toxic substances. These include: lead; asbestos; pesticides; car exhaust; paint; and cleaning solvents. Exposure to toxic fumes can cause damage to the eyes, skin and other surfaces; rashes; dizziness; headaches; nausea and vomiting; organ damage; etc. 

Employers are responsible for providing sufficient warning on any toxic substances in the workplace, and for providing protective equipment when necessary. Even if you and your employer have taken reasonable precautions, accidents and exposure may occur. 

If you believe you have been exposed to toxic substances at work, speak with your employer and doctor. If you have sustained injury or illness from toxic chemicals at work, you may file a claim and/or contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

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