Maintenance Worker Injured in Carnival Ride Accident
A 33-year-old maintenance worker was injured after falling from a ride at a New Jersey carnival. According to a CBS news report, the accident occurred at a carnival in the Voorhees Town Center. Officials say the maintenance worker fell off scaffolding he was using while repairing a swing ride. He was conscious after the fall and has since been released from the hospital. The carnival was closed that day because of high winds, but it is unclear if the wind contributed to the fall or if the worker was provided fall prevention gear.
Construction workers, painters, and maintenance crews regularly use scaffolding. These simple and useful devices are responsible for a number of accidents and fatalities each year. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 54 fatalities in 2009 from scaffolds and staging. Of the injuries suffered in scaffolding accidents that year, 72 percent occurred when the planking or support gave way or when the employee slipped or was struck by a falling object.
If you are working on scaffolding and feel unsafe, you should notify your employer right away. If action is not taken to improve your working conditions, you can contact the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to report your concerns. If you are injured on the job in New Jersey, it is important that you learn about your legal rights and options. For example, you can pursue compensation for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages by filing for workers’ compensation benefits.
Many New Jersey workers, however, have their workers’ compensation claims denied. Injured workers, who are in the process of applying for benefits, or those who have had their claims denied, would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer who will ensure that their legal rights are protected at every step in the process.
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