Assembly Bill A8907

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Establishes the warehouse worker injury reduction program

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-A8907 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5081
Current Committee:
Assembly Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§780 & 786, add §789, Lab L

2023-A8907 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the warehouse worker injury reduction program; requires employers to establish an injury reduction program designed to identify and minimize the risks of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders among workers involved in performing manual materials handling tasks.

2023-A8907 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8907
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 26, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by M. of A. BRONSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
   tee on Labor
 
 AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to establishing the warehouse
   worker injury reduction program
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "warehouse
 worker injury reduction program".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that:
   (a) Workplace injuries can take a  terrible  toll  on  workers,  their
 families  and  their  communities,  and can create substantial costs for
 employers. According to recent data (2022) released  by  the  bureau  of
 labor  statistics,  the  warehouse  industry in New York state reports a
 rate of the most serious work-related injuries involving  lost  time  or
 restricted duty (7.8 cases/100 full-time workers) that is more than five
 times  the  average  rates  of  these  types of injuries for all private
 industry in New York state (1.5 cases/100 full-time workers).   In  2022
 alone,  there  were 5,472 workers injured in the warehousing industry in
 New York state.  The most common types of  work-related  serious  injury
 reported  by employers in the warehouse sector are musculoskeletal inju-
 ries, which often require workers to miss work  and  can  force  workers
 permanently out of the job and even out of the workforce.
   (b)  The  amount  and severity of injuries in New York's warehouses is
 having a direct impact on public health and safety. Each year, thousands
 of injured warehouse workers return to their  communities  with  chronic
 back,  neck,  shoulder and wrist pain that is often remedied by opiates.
 This feeds into the opiate epidemic that is  at  crisis  levels  in  our
 state.
   (c)  Many  communities  in  New  York  are underserved by full-service
 supermarkets and other essential stores and lack access  to  transporta-
 tion  to  buy  these essential supplies. Online retail may be their only
 source of basic necessities, including medical supplies  and  food.  The
 high  rate  of injuries at warehouses could lead to service disruptions,
 jeopardizing the health and safety of our communities. In fact,  accord-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

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