Assembly Introduces Win-Win Legislation: Reducing Injuries Helps Workers and Saves the State Money
By Rory Lancman
Assemblyman and Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
Each year the New York State Department of Civil Service writes a report detailing injuries at each state agency. However, there is norequirement that the agencies actually incorporate lessons from the report into plans preventing such injuries in the year to come. The State Workforce Injury Act, A.9724 (Lancman)/S.7500 (Addabbo) would require each state
The NYS AFL-CIO, the Public Employee Federation, the Civil Service Employee Association, the NYS Law Enforcement Officers Union, and the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health support the State Workforce Injury Reduction Act because the Act would both reduce injuries and save the state money money by lowering workers' compensation costs, minimizing lost sick days and lowering the cost of recruitment and training. The AFL-CIO and the Public Employee Federation predict that this legislation could generate up to $45 million in savings.
Workers need more support than ever to stay safe and healthy on the job as budgets are being cut, while at the same time workloads are increasing. The State Workforce Injury Reduction Act is win-win legislation. The Act would save the state money while reducing harm for workers.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety.