Employers and lawmakers share the responsibility of preventing severe on-the-job accidents. These new rules and regulations are a step in the right direction.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 06, 2014
Commenting on a recent article in U.S. News & World Report detailing efforts by the U.S. government to tighten accident reporting standards for employers, New York workplace accident attorney Edgar Romano said today the new regulations will better hold employers accountable for preventing accidents at the workplace.
Romano, an attorney at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P., a New York law firm serving people for more than 80 years, based his comments on a Sept. 11, 2014, Associated Press article published in U.S. News & World Report.* The article details a number of critical changes made to increase the timeliness, accuracy and detail of workplace accident reporting across the United States.
“Employers and lawmakers share the responsibility of preventing severe on-the-job accidents,” Romano said. “Our firm believes that employers and lawmakers should do more to keep workers safe. These new rules and regulations are a step in the right direction. They will serve to document serious injuries that may have previously gone unnoticed by safety inspectors. Negligent companies will be held accountable.
According to the AP article, employers will be required to report fatal workplace accidents to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within eight hours of the accident. Furthermore, accidents involving a work-related hospitalization, amputation or the loss of an eye must be reported within 24 hours of the accident.
The AP reports that the new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2015. Previously, no standards existed for reporting job-related injury or illness to a single worker, according to the article. The AP stated that previous accident reporting requirements only required employers to report instances of hospitalization, amputation or eye loss when three or more workers were injured in an accident.
“In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over 4,400 workers were killed on-the-job in 2013. Thousands more sustained serious injury. However, many accidents may have gone unreported and uninvestigated due to existing workplace accident reporting rules,” said Romano. “Injured workers deserve justice, and deserve to regain as much quality of life as possible after an accident. We urge all workplace accident victims to contact an attorney to explore their legal rights.”
The Sept. 11 article in U.S. News Report is “US Labor Department tightens reporting requirements on workplace deaths and severe injuries.”
About Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P.
Edgar Romano was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School. With a focus on workers’ compensation cases in New York City, Romano is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Workers Compensation Bar Association and previously served as president of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group.
With 80 years of experience hearing over 100,000 cases, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P. has obtained settlements totaling over a billion dollars for New Yorkers. With 100 legal professionals on staff, the law firm has won numerous accolades for providing its clients with strong, reliable legal representation and has a well-earned reputation as one of the top law firms for cases involving workplace accidents and cases involving workers compensation and Social Security disability.
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