In the state of New Jersey, injured workers have a right to receive compensation if their illness or injury is related to their job. This compensation is provided so that an injured worker will have access to income during the time they cannot work. Employers who are not covered by government programs are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, but receiving this financial compensation usually requires employees to engage in a long and drawn out process with the employer and insurance company. However, obtaining legal counsel can greatly speed up the process and give workers access to the funds they have been promised.
Between 2000 and 2011, a total of 1,283 workers lost their lives to fatal injuries in New Jersey workplaces, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Thousands more were injured. Although the number of deaths and injuries has been decreasing in recent years, any worker who suffers injury on the job may face lost wages, lost productivity, and a long road to recovery.
In 2013, the New Jersey Department of Labor recorded 103,400 cases of workplace injuries. About 4,000 of these injuries resulted in hospitalizations, according to the Department of Health. About 55,000 injuries required the injured person to take at least one day off work, and another 14,000 injured people needed to be placed on light duty or reassigned so that they could continue to work as their injuries healed. Read the rest »
A 58-year-old man was killed at a New Jersey construction site when a one-pound tape measure fell from the 50th floor of a building and struck him in the head. According to a news report in The Daily Record, the fatal construction accident occurred at a site in downtown Jersey City. Officials say the man was delivering a product to the construction site when the tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor. The victim left his hard hat in his truck and was fatally struck in the head. He succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter.
Coming into contact with objects and equipment at a construction site can be extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 717 fatal work injuries that resulted from contact with objects and equipment in the year 2013. During that same year, 503 workers were killed when they were struck by objects, including 245 who were killed by falling objects. Read the rest »
On December 4, 2013, a man was killed while working at an Amazon warehouse resulting in a lengthy investigation. According to a news report on Penn Live, the fatal warehouse accident occurred at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Avenel, New Jersey. Officials say he was caught in between a conveyor system while performing sorting operations. The investigation into the cause of the accident has resulted in citations for companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and New York.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the facility where the worker was killed as well as four temporary staffing companies. OSHA officials say that temporary staffing agencies are responsible for assessing work sites to ensure that workers are provided reasonably safe work conditions. In this case, the staffing companies were cited for not certifying that a hazard assessment of the facility was conducted before employees were allowed to work there. Read the rest »
A floor collapse in a New Jersey restaurant resulted in the death of one construction worker and seriously injured another. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the fatal construction accident occurred at Coda Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood. Officials say two workers were installing a staircase in the basement when part of the first floor crumbled. When the floor collapsed, one of the workers was fatally crushed and the other sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the collapse is under investigation. Read the rest »
A staff member was badly wounded in a hospital explosion that may have involved an oxygen tank. According to a news report in The Times of Trenton, the explosion occurred at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Officials are investigating the cause of the third-floor explosion, but they believe it was accidental and that it involved an oxygen tank. One hospital staff worker was seriously hurt and a visitor to the hospital was retained for an evaluation for possible injuries. A number of patients were moved to other floors, but the hospital was not evacuated and no one else was injured.
There are many reasons why working at a hospital can be dangerous. In addition to slip-and-fall hazards that can be found at any worksite, hospital staff members must often work around hazardous materials and explosive gases. For example, oxygen tanks are commonly used to help patients who are having trouble breathing. Oxygen supports combustion and tanks will explode when not used properly. If tanks are improperly designed, filled, transported, or handled, they can pose a threat to patients and medical professionals in the vicinity. Read the rest »
It is relatively common for work-related accidents to involve temporary employees. Many temp workers are required to work long hours in positions for which they are not fully qualified. Earlier in 2013, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an initiative to put more focus on the responsibility of employers to protect temporary workers on the job.
In April 2013, OSHA reported that about 12 percent of the 4,693 fatal work injuries that occurred in 2011 involved contractors or temp workers. Temporary workers may not have the same types of benefits that full-time workers have, but they do have legal rights. Some injured temporary workers are even able to pursue financial compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. The family of an individual who has been killed while working as a contractor may be able to seek support for their losses as well. Read the rest »
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