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Violent Incidents Continue to Plague our Workplaces

April 21, 2011
By, Assemblyman Rory Lancman

Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety

Despite the implementation of a statewide Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Law in March 2007, New York workplaces still experience steady rates of assaults and violent acts. The law requires specific employers to develop a workplace violence prevention program, which includes conducting a workplace violence risk assessment and providing employees with training for violence prevention and handling.

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Theaters and City to Close Curtain on Evacuation Problems Exposed During Times Square Bomb Scare

Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chairman, Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
December 13, 2010

New York City’s Theater District is especially vulnerable to emergency situations. The sheer quantity of visitors to the midtown New York venues is a safety concern in itself, but thousands of theater workers also navigate these popular theater houses every day, scoring the shows, sewing costumes, handling lights, arranging sets and, of course, performing on stage.

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In Honor of the Fallen

March 11, 2011
Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair Subcommittee on Workplace Safety 


The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy in New York City radically altered the way that we conceive of workplace environments. The gross violation of basic human safety at the factory was a turning point for workers and governmental entities in improving working life. The fire made clear the urgent need to extend real safety precautions to the workplace.

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Workers' Compensation and Psychological Treatment

Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chairman, Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
November 17, 2010

Workplace injuries, particularly workplace assaults, often require psychological treatment in order to rehabilitate workers and enable them to return to work.  The Workers’ Compensation Law reforms passed in 1996 were intended to ensure the full rehabilitation of workers injured in the workplace by covering psychological treatment for incidents of a traumatic nature. 

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Occupational Health Clinics Network Keeps a Steady Pulse on New York’s Workforce

February 16, 2011
Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety

Workplace injuries and illnesses are complicated and have wide-ranging repercussions.  When unsafe conditions in a workplace environment lead to injury, our task is not only to treat the injured party, but also to rectify the circumstances leading up to the event to prevent future injury. This continues to be a challenge when many workplace injuries are unreported, and therefore go unaddressed. In protecting New York’s labor force, it is critical that our workers are informed and feel confident they have somewhere to go where their needs will be met.

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New York Needs a “Safe Patient Handling” Program—STAT!

Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair, Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
October 11, 2010

Healthcare professionals whom I have met with as Chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety have consistently listed instituting a state-wide Safe Patient Handling program in New York State as a top priority.  Safe Patient Handling is a policy and practice that replaces manual lifting and moving tasks for healthcare professionals with machines and training to properly lift and move patients safely, without injury to the patient or the handler. 

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Keep Spidey Safe!

January 7, 2010
By Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chairman, Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety

The Broadway production “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” is gaining a lot of attention for its incredibly elaborate choreography. The musical is a novelty for Broadway, with director Julie Taymor managing thirty-five aerial stunts in each performance.  Thrilling though it may be, “Spider Man” is currently facing the consequences of its risk-taking.  In the three months since “Spider Man” began previews at the Foxwoods Theater on 42nd Street, four actors have been injured performing stunts, including, most recently, Christopher Tierney, who fell from a height sustaining broken ribs and internal bleeding.

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State Legislature Passes Legislation to Improve Workplace Safety

July 8, 2010

The New York State legislature demonstrated its dedication to improving workplace safety by passing several key pieces of legislation.  The “State Workforce Injury Reduction Act,” A.9724/S.7500, which I introduced in the Assembly and Senator Joseph Addabbo introduced in the Senate, passed the legislature this session.  This bill ensures that state agencies create workplace injury reduction plans.  This legislation will improve safety conditions for over one hundred thousand workers and will save the state millions of dollars in workers’ compensation costs. 

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