We live in a motorized world. Few would want it any other way. Tasks that took hours or days by muscle power alone take minutes or seconds with the many gas- and electric-powered hand tools.
If your employer or supervisor takes a cavalier attitude toward rules and regulations, it could be a sign of trouble ahead. Disregard for the law could have implications if you suffer a work injury and seek the workers' compensation benefits to which you are entitled.
If you are doing work for a for-profit business and getting paid for it, New York Workers' Compensation Law says you are eligible for benefits if you are hurt on the job. It does not matter how old you are.
Regular readers know we stress the importance of reporting all workplace injuries. As we noted in a previous post, state law requires workers to notify employers about injuries as soon as possible after they occur. Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits, if one is made, must occur within two years of the injury, or the date you determined your illness or injury was work related.