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Bridge Worker in Hanover Township Injured by Steel Girder

By Lependorf & Silverstein on September 22, 2014

A 33-year-old worker from Jersey City was injured in a New Jersey construction accident when a 2,600 pound steel girder fell on him. According to a news report in The Hanover Eagle, the accident occurred at the site of the Melanie Lane Bridge reconstruction in East Hanover Township. Officials say the girder was being held by a vibrating hammer attached to a backhoe when it came loose and fell on the worker. He sustained a serious hip injury and was transported to Morristown Medical Center. The site was shut down pending an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Structural iron and steel workers are responsible for installing the iron or steel beams, girders and columns that form buildings and bridges. A regular shift as an iron and steel worker includes unloading and stacking steel so that it can be lifted, using cranes to lift large beams and girders into place, aligning beams into position, standing on beams to position the pieces and welding beams into place.

This type of work is extremely dangerous. Iron workers, steelworkers and erectors often have to work with and around large cranes and backhoes. They must use metal shears, welding equipment and torches while high off the ground. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, iron workers are at risk of fatal falling injuries, severe lacerations from sharp metal edges and equipment and muscle strains and injuries from moving and guiding heavy structural steel.

When a construction worker is injured, it is important that he or she is provided with the medical attention and financial support needed to recover. If you have been hurt on a New Jersey construction site, make sure you tell your employer you require immediate medical attention and ask if there is a specific medical facility that you must visit to be covered by the employer’s insurance company.

If you have to miss work because of your injury, it may be in your best interest to seek legal guidance. Applying for New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits can be stressful and challenging. Please talk to an experienced Princeton personal injury lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

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