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Worker Critically Injured in Camden Truck Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 25, 2014

A worker was critically injured in Camden as he was repairing a traffic light above the roadway when a tractor-trailer struck the bucket truck and sent the worker falling onto the roof of the truck before crashing onto the roadway. According to a WPVI news report, the on-the-job accident occurred in the vicinity of Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Everett Street. Officials say the bucket on the truck tipped over sending the worker onto the trailer before falling to the ground. The worker was critically injured in the accident. It is unclear if the female truck driver will face citations and charges for the crash, but officials believe the truck went through the light before striking the bucket truck.

The worker critically injured in this accident is an employee with the City of Camden’s Electrical Bureau. Electrical work is consistently ranked among the most dangerous professions. Electricians often are at risk of serious injury due to electrocution, fires, heights, carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shocks and even explosions.

It is common to see electricians working with deadly live wires while on a ladder or on top of aerial lifts such as cherry pickers, elevating platforms, scissor lifts and bucket trucks. This means that they not only have to deal with the risk of electrocution, but also the danger of falling while working. In fact, the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health (ELCOSH), reports that electricians make up 25 percent of all aerial lift fatalities and electrical power installers and repairers count for another 13 percent of lift fatalities.

If you are hurt on the job in New Jersey, it is important that you explore your legal options. You may be able to receive financial support for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages through workers’ compensation benefits. That will not, however, cover all of your losses. You may be able to seek additional support for your pain and suffering and other related damages by filing a claim against an at-fault third party such as a car driver, property owner or contractor.

Not all injured workers are able to seek support through a third-party claim, but it is necessary for all seriously injured victims of work-related accidents to look into their options. A knowledgeable Princeton personal injury lawyer will be able to help injured workers and their families recover fair compensation for all of their injuries, damages and losses.

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