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What Do I Do If I a Guardrail Fails and I Am Injured?

One young boy was killed and another was injured after they fell from a balcony in Perth Amboy early this month. The accident occurred just after 5 p.m. According to investigators, the two friends, one 9-year-old and a 13-year-old, were playing on the balcony while adults visited inside the home. And then, for an unknown reason, the balcony railing gave way. Both boys fell and suffered serious injuries. At the hospital, the 9-year-old died. What could have been done? Was this a tragic accident, or could the breaking of the guardrail have been a foreseeable risk? Explaining Premises Liability Laws in New Jersey Broken railings on balconies, staircases and other areas can lead to fall-related catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Sometimes, these accidents are simply that, but in other cases, victims may be able to file a lawsuit against the owner of the guardrail. For a property owner to be…
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Why Did OSHA Cite This New Jersey Company $57,000?

Last month, Bolivar Enterprises L.L.C., a New Jersey-based company in Union City was fined $57,000 by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for nine serious safety violations. The investigation was opened after a worker fell while removing the siding from a three-story residential building. According to the report, the worker was removing the siding on an extension ladder that was part of a 25-foot-high scaffold. While removing the siding from the house, the siding gave way and the worker suffered a catastrophic fall injury and was later pronounced dead on the scene. Bolivar Enterprises was cited for allowing fall hazards to exist, in addition to the following: Failing to provide the proper fall protection equipment for workers operating on the scaffold Failing to erect scaffolding that met OSHA’s standards Using a scaffold improperly Failing to provide scaffold training to the company’s workers OSHA’s area director released…
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Why is OSHA Investigating This NJ High Rise Condo?

Earlier this month, an elevator repairman was reported to have fallen down an elevator shaft in Guttenberg, New Jersey. However, an investigation found the 44-year-old repairman was actually (horrifyingly) dragged upwards in the elevator shaft. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have both conducted investigations on the circumstances of the accident. OSHA and Investigators Discover Horrifying Circumstances Surrounding Repairman’s Death According to the prosecutor’s office, the repairman was performing routine monthly maintenance on an elevator in the Galaxy Towers, a residential building in East Guttenberg. The condominium has three towers with seven stories that reach the height of 415 feet. Although OSHA released an initial statement saying the repairman fell, officials say the repairman was actually entangled between the elevator door and the top part on the elevator and was dragged upwards before falling from the top of the shaft. He was pronounced…
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