Category Archives: Workers’ Comp

Workers who have been in a construction accident or other work accident may qualify for a personal injury claim as well as workers’ compensation.

Are New Jersey Workers In Danger of Electrical Accidents?

In 2013, electrocutions were responsible for 71 fatal construction accidents. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers electrocutions to be in its “top four” category for fatal construction accidents, following closely behind falls and being caught in machinery. Due to the threat of electrical hazards to worker safety, OSHA has strict guidelines to prevent electrocutions, including protecting wiring, properly installing electrical equipment and training employees on hazards relevant to their occupation. To help our readers understand what an electrical accident looks like and what can happen to workers injured by them, we are going to use an example that happened here in Middlesex County. Middlesex County Worker Injured in Electrical Accident An electrical accident happened in Middlesex County earlier this month when a warehouse worker was electrocuted by an improperly wired conveyor belt. When police and EMS were called to the scene of the accident, they had…
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Are New Jersey Employers Exposing Workers to Dangerous Chemicals?

Work accidents do not always result in immediate injuries, and sometimes the effects from working in an unsafe work environment can take years to develop. Chemical exposure can leave workers with respiratory illnesses, a higher risk of cancer and permanent disability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a New Jersey staffing agency for failing to train workers on chemical hazards, leaving them vulnerable to exposure. OSHA has levied $45,000 in fines and representatives have informed the company that it is legally responsible for the safety of its workers. Another incident involving chemical exposure occurred in New Jersey last December when OSHA fined a chemical plant for toxic chemical leaks that exposed workers to health complications. The company responsible had been cited in 2010 after a worker accidently inhaled a lethal dose of poisonous gas from a methylene chloride leak. OSHA investigators discovered that the gas had been…
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How Do OSHA Policies Protect Workers From Workplace Accidents and Death?

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have fined a Paterson-based box manufacturer after a worker was injured by unsafe working conditions. Investigations into the company began earlier in May when another employee activated a machine with the worker inside. OSHA officials are claiming that the company did not implement necessary safety protocols to prevent the accident from happening. Officials are referring to the ‘lockout/tagout’ program, a safety guideline that helps protect against injury and death from machinery. It is the third time that OSHA has cited the local company for failing to uphold safe working conditions. Lockout and tagout procedures are essential to avoiding manufacturing and construction accidents. The procedures greatly reduce the risk of amputation, electrocution and death during machine maintenance. Machines can start up unexpectedly, and if a worker is still inside performing maintenance, he or she could face catastrophic injuries and death. Application of the lockout and…
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