Support Memo – S2842 Addabbo, et al /A2905 Weprin – STATE WORKFORCE INJURY REDUCTION ACT

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Support MemoON SENATE CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS AGENDA 4/21/15

STATE WORKFORCE INJURY REDUCTION ACT

S2842 Addabbo, et al /A2905 Weprin

An Act to amend the Civil Service Law, in relation to requiring state agencies to create an action plan to reduce injuries.

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families supports the above referenced legislation. This bill, the Workplace Injury Reduction Act, requires state agencies to submit a written action plan for reducing occurrences of injuries in the coming year to the Governor and the Legislature.

With workforce reductions and other cutbacks, injuries to state employees are on the rise, causing pain, suffering, and disability. Additionally, they have a toll on all New Yorkers by impairing the delivery of vital services and increasing costs.   Workplace injuries cost the state millions in workers’ compensation costs, lost sick days, and other direct and indirect costs.

Comprehensive prevention efforts to address the causes of injuries will result in much needed savings.

Requiring agencies to work with employees and union representatives to develop a written injury reduction plan, will prevent workplace injury and reverse the negative impacts. In doing so, workers will benefit from a safer workplace, agencies will become more efficient through reduced rates of employee absence, and the public will receive better value for its tax dollar from reduced costs.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

For further information contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.