Construction Workers Injured at GM Plant Site
Falling steel girders struck and injured three construction workers at the former General Motors site in Linden, New Jersey. The Star Ledger reports that workers were injured when six struts collapsed from a two-story building. A representative stated that at least one I-beam and several metal decking struts were knocked down because of the windy conditions.
One of the workers suffered a serious head injury that does not appear to be life threatening. All three workers were taken to University Hospital in Newark for treatment. Work was suspended at the site until further notice. An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.
Falling debris and building material is a common hazard on New Jersey construction sites. Construction workers and nearby pedestrians alike are put in harm’s way when mistakes are made. Potential errors that can lead to falling debris injuries include:
- Failure to inspect a work site: Some construction sites are simply not safe for workers. When buildings, scaffolds, and trenches are on the verge of collapsing, steps must be taken to protect the workforce.
- Failure to secure tools and equipment: Workers are responsible for making sure that their tools are secured to prevent them from falling onto people below. Supervisors must ensure that workers are provided with proper safety equipment.
- Insufficient barricades and signs: Visitors and workers alike must be kept away from potentially hazardous areas. Visitors should not be allowed near areas where debris might fall and workers must be warned of the dangers they face.
- Failure to inspect equipment: Sometimes, debris and large pieces of construction materials can fall because hooks, cords, and other devices are not properly used. It is also important to inspect cranes, hoists, and any piece of equipment that may exhibit wear and tear.
Falling debris and collapsing buildings are among several hazards construction workers encounter every day on the job. If you have been injured on the job, make sure you seek medical attention promptly. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages through New Jersey workers’ compensation insurance. Furthermore, additional support may be available through a third party claim if your injuries occurred as the result of someone else’s negligence. Please contact an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer for more information about your legal rights and options.
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