Middlesex County and New Jersey Trial Lawyers BLOG

Has Tracy Morgan’s Truck Accident Case Moved to Court Yet?

Comedian Tracy Morgan’s lawyer appeared in court early last week to make a case for his client to receive damages after a truck accident left him with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Five months after the crash with a Wal-Mart truck, Morgan is fighting to get his life back and revive the person he once was. Attorneys representing the former Saturday Night Live star are arguing negligence on Wal-Mart’s part, after the brutal crash left one dead and their client severely injured. According to the suit against Wal-Mart, the truck driver had driven more than 700 miles and been awake for more than one day. If proven accurate in court, it would mean that Wal-Mart violated regulations recently set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which set the amount of hours before a truck driver needs to rest. Claims against Wal-Mart also include allegations of speeding, and…
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Are Employers Keeping Their Workers Safe From Chemical Exposure?

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials have fined a Somerville custom-order cabinetry company $136,000 for exposing workers to methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Methylene chloride exposure puts workers at an increased risk for cancer and organ damage. During the OSHA investigation last March, 15 violations of worker safety were uncovered, including three that were willful. OSHA officials uncovered faulty training for handling methylene and a lack of hazard training. Some of the more egregious violations included a lack of protective equipment and eyewash facilities. Serious violations under OSHA guidelines occur when there is a significant risk to the workers’ health and life. OSHA’s guidelines specify that workers have a right to receive information that will help them avoid risks to their health and safety while on the job and that they receive proper training for handling harmful chemicals. Additionally, employers must provide a safe working environment for employees. How…
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Cabinet Manufacturer Cited for Chemical Exposure

A company that designs custom cabinets faced heavy fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the way it was handling methylene chloride. Methylene chloride is a common solvent used in industrial settings. It is also a known carcinogen, so workers who suffer repeated exposure can develop cancer, or other harmful effects on the heart, central nervous system and liver. Choice Cabinetry LLC received numerous willful violations for refusing to implement a hazardous communication program. Workers cannot be expected to do their jobs safely without the proper training on hazard communication or the dangers of methylene chloride exposure. One failure-to-abate violation cost the company more than $27,000. Choice Cabinetry failed to install a crucial alarm that would warn employees about inadequate ventilation, even after the company received similar citations in the past. The cabinet company was also cited for a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) or eyewash…
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