December 8, 2014

Fair Haven Councilman Killed in Bicycle Accident

Fair Haven Councilman Jerome Koch, 63, suffered fatal injuries when a car struck his bicycle. According to an NJ.com news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on River Road near Elm Place in Fair Haven. He was pronounced dead the day after the crash at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. It is unclear what caused the crash, but it does not appear from the report that the driver will face citations for the crash.

Even skilled and experienced riders can suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash. Bicyclists are simply not provided enough protection to survive a major collision. This is why all bicyclists would be well advised to:

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November 4, 2014

New Jersey Motorcyclist Killed by Deer

A 36-year-old Hillsborough man was killed in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when his 2008 BMW R12 collided with a deer. According to a NJ.com news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred near the former Gibraltar Rock Quarry entrance on County Route 601 in Montgomery Township. Officials say he was ejected from his motorcycle after colliding with a deer. He was treated at the scene and admitted in extremely critical condition in New Brunswick. Later that day, he died from his injuries.

As the temperature begins to drop, we can expect an increase in the number of deer-related traffic accidents. In fact, autumn is when the most New Jersey deer accidents occur. Deer often act unpredictably during the fall as it is their mating season.

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October 20, 2014

Workers Injured in New Jersey Factory Explosion

Several people were injured at a New Jersey factory when a four-alarm blaze broke out following an explosion. According to a CBS New York news report, the factory accident occurred at Crest Foam Industries on Carol Place in Moonachie. Of the 17 employees in the factory, four were hospitalized with head injuries after the explosion. Officials worried that dangerous toxins may have been released into the air, but tests proved negative. An investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion, but officials know that workers were mixing hydrogen and oxygen to make polyurethane foam at the time of the accident.

Polyurethanes are a type of reaction polymer that is produced through chemical reactions. If water is present in the reaction mixture, it can create foam. Fully reacted polyurethane polymer is not considered dangerous, but it is a combustible solid that can be ignited. Furthermore, some polyurethane foam contain hazardous or regulated components.

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October 13, 2014

Teenager Killed in New Jersey Truck Accident

A 19-year-old Bridgewater man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his 2005 Dodge Ram burst into flames after being struck by a 2015 Mack truck. According to a an Associated Press news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 22 at Cramer Avenue in Green Brook. Officials say the pickup was stopped for a red light when the larger truck plowed into it. The teen's pickup burst into flames, and he was fatally injured.

Whenever someone is killed in a New Jersey car accident, it must be determined who was at fault and how the crash could have been prevented. In many cases, the cause of the crash is driver error. A moment of distracted driving, for example, is all it takes for roadway and traffic conditions to change and for an accident to happen. Therefore, investigators will typically look into if the at-fault driver was distracted, speeding, impaired, fatigued or otherwise careless. Depending upon the results of the investigation, the driver may face traffic citations or even criminal charges.

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September 15, 2014

Grandmother Critically Injured in New Jersey Crash

An 85-year-old woman was critically injured in a New Jersey car accident when a delivery van struck her and her grandson as they crossed the street. According to an Asbury Park Press news report, the pedestrian accident occurred on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank. Officials say the woman was walking with her 4-year-old grandson from Burger King to her home when the delivery van struck them. She was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in critical condition and her grandson was treated and released.

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September 9, 2014

New Jersey Firm Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

After observing a number of fall hazards at three construction sites in Bloomfield, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a full investigation. According to an EHS Today news report, Concrete Systems Inc. now faces $52,470 in fines from the eight citations. OSHA officials cited the firm for one repeat and seven serious violations. The company was previously cited for exposing workers to fall and other hazards at worksites in Kearny and Cranford.

OSHA cited the firm because workers were allegedly exposed to a 25-foot fall hazard without adequate protection. The other serious violations were related to fall protection issues as well. Workers were even exposed to impalement risks from to rebar ends that were not guarded.

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August 5, 2014

Two Women Killed in New Jersey Crash

Two women were killed and six others were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a car and a truck. According to a news report in The New York Times, the fatal car accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway in Stafford Township. It is unclear from the report as to what led to the collision. The fatally injured women were in the front seat of the car. A boy and a girl, who were also passengers, were flown by helicopter to Atlantic City in serious condition. A man, a woman, a boy, and a girl in the pickup sustained relatively minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

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July 1, 2014

Motorcyclist Critically Injured in New Jersey Crash

A 73-year-old Flanders man is in critical condition after he was injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident. According to a news report in The New Jersey Herald, the motorcycle crash occurred on Route 206 near the Harmony Lodge in Andover Township. Officials say a 38-year-old woman stopped to turn left when her 2013 Ford Escape was struck in the rear by a 1999 BMW motorcycle. The rider was ejected, critically injured, and airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the SUV was treated and released. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

Motorcycles provide little to no protection for their riders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you have a 75 percent chance of being injured. In New Jersey, there are about 70 deaths and 2,000 injuries reported annually as a result of motorcycle accidents. Over half of these injury accidents occur at intersections, over two-thirds involve drivers who did not see the motorcyclist and the majority of them involve excessive speed.

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June 24, 2014

Preventing Bicycle Accident Injuries This Summer

Summertime is a great time to get around New Jersey on your bike. You can stay fit, have fun, and save money. However, bicycling in New Jersey can prove dangerous if you are not careful. Make sure you always wear a helmet and exercise safe riding habits.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when riding this summer:

  • Increase your visibility. Under New Jersey law, all riders at night are required to have a front headlamp that emits a white light, a rear lamp with a red light, and a red rear reflector. Whether you are on your bike at night or during the day, you should wear bright clothes and put reflectors on your shoes, helmet, and bags.
  • Make sure motorists hear you. All New Jersey bicyclists are required to equip a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists.
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May 28, 2014

New Jersey’s Weirdest Historical Tourist Attractions

History buffs have a lot to love in New Jersey. One of the thirteen original colonies, the state’s reputation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” is founded on battlefields, historical houses, and other sites that preserve and recreate our nation’s past.

But it’s also home to some slightly weirder historical preservations. If you’ve seen the battlefields and can’t stand the thought of one more day at a museum, try checking out these offbeat historical finds:

1. Alexander Hamilton’s Death Rock

Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father whose face graces the $10 bill, is buried in Trinity Churchyard on Broadway in Manhattan. But the rock onto which he collapsed after being mortally wounded in his famous duel with Aaron Burr is still located in Weehawken, New Jersey. Currently, it sits at the end of Hamilton Avenue, after train tracks were run through the original dueling grounds in 1870.

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May 9, 2014

Woman Killed in Gloucester County DUI Crash

A 74-year-old woman was killed in a Gloucester County car accident, which officials say involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a WPVI news report, the fatal DUI crash occurred at the intersection of Holly Avenue and Lambs Road in Mantua. Officials say a 38-year-old woman was intoxicated when she crashed her Mercedes Benz into the passenger side of a Buick LeSabre. The 76-year-old driver of the Buick was injured and his wife was killed. The driver of the Mercedes was jailed and charged with vehicular homicide.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 589 traffic deaths in New Jersey in 2012, of which 164 involved an intoxicated driver. That means 28 percent of all traffic deaths that year involved a drunk driver. New Jersey had the largest decrease in alcohol-related traffic deaths nationwide with 30 fewer lives lost. However, drunk driving continues to be a serious problem that costs many lives each year.

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April 15, 2014

Construction Workers Injured in New Jersey Parking Structure Collapse

Two construction workers were hospitalized after being injured by the partial collapse of a parking garage. According to a news report in The Republic, the construction accident occurred at New Jersey's William Paterson University in Wayne. Officials have not released information regarding how the parking garage collapsed, and inspectors are trying to determine if work can resume at the 1,000-space, five-level garage. The two injured construction workers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Inspecting construction sites for potential dangers is an important part of keeping a worksite safe. When a structure collapses, it must be determined what more could have been done to prevent the accident and protect workers. This type of incident is relatively common and often fatal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 35 workers killed in falls, slips, and trips that resulted from a collapsing structure or piece of equipment in 2012. Furthermore, 74 workers were killed during that same year after being "struck, caught, or crushed" by a collapsing structure, equipment, or material.

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