Articles Posted in On the Job Injury

Slip and fall accidents and injuries increase in the winter, especially in the snowy and icy New Jersey weather. Workers are not immune to the increased risk, whether they work indoors or out.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most general industry accidents are slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths nationwide every year and make up one-quarter of all workplace injury claims.

Slip and fall accidents in the workplace can be prevented. Here’s how to reduce the risk this winter season:
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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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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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The inhalation of toxic chemicals at a New Jersey workplace can result in serious injuries or even death. The consequences of toxic inhalation include damage to the lungs, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, seizures, and in the most serious cases, organ damage and death. Dangerous chemicals that can commonly be found in workplaces include benzene (rubber and oil plants), manganese (welding), asbestos (older buildings), and vinyl chloride (industrial plants). Anyone who has suffered an injury from toxic exposure in New Jersey would be well-advised to seek representation from a skilled attorney that has experience handling similar cases.

Toxic exposure injuries can occur suddenly as the result of an on-the-job accident or they may occur slowly over time. It is the obligation of employers, property owners, and contractors to provide safe workplaces for New Jersey workers. When someone begins to suffer symptoms of toxic chemical inhalation, they should report their injuries to their employer right away and then seek prompt medical attention.

Seeing a doctor right away will not only increase the victim’s chances of a full recovery, it will also help prove the extent of injuries suffered and create a medical record. Often, someone filing for workers’ compensation benefits may have a difficult time proving they did not seek medical attention right away for injuries sustained.

Any New Jersey worker injured on the job should report the incident right away to their employer. It is also important to seek medical attention immediately following the incident to increase the chances of a full recovery, as well as to establish the extent of the injuries suffered. Workers’ compensation insurance companies all have different requirements and restrictions when it comes to filing claims, so it is critical that you examine your legal rights and options with the help of a knowledgeable workplace accident lawyer.

It is natural for you to be comfortable seeing your own doctor when you are injured; however, your work may not accept their diagnosis. If your employer is going to be held responsible for your workplace injury through workers’ compensation benefits, they may want to have a say in which doctor you see and what treatments you are offered. Many workplaces have a list of approved doctors available to their employees in case of an accident.

With the assistance of a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney, injured workers may even be able to get a second opinion covered by their employers insurance. This may be a complicated process and a lawyer may be needed to ensure that the victim’s rights are protected. The rights of an injured New Jersey worker include compensation for medical bills related to a workplace injury and partial compensation for time spent away from work during the recovery process.

A tragic farming accident occurred on a farm in southern New Jersey on October 12, according to WPVI-TV Philadelphia.

New Jersey State Police claim the farm accident occurred when a chute on a combine being operated by three men struck overhead power lines. The machine then caught fire. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and a second man died at the hospital. A third man was flown to a hospital in Chester. His condition is unknown.

According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most dangerous industry in the country. Injury rates for farm workers are the highest among children aged 15 and under and adults over 65. Most farm accidents involve either livestock or machinery. What makes farming injuries particularly deadly is that most farms are not located near a hospital, and the delay in reaching a hospital can mean the difference between life and death for a farm worker who has suffered injuries in a farming accident.

In order to pursue a workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey, it is necessary to establish that the injury claimed was sustained during the course of one’s employment. It is also necessary to establish that the injury claimed is permanent in nature.

Many employees allow their workers’ compensation carrier’s physicians to determine if the injury claimed is indeed permanent in nature. An injured worker can improve his or her chances of recovery by retaining an attorney.

On September 7, 2010 a New Jersey Appellate Division panel of Judges, in the case entitled Collette v. South Jersey Transportation Authority, ruled that the injured worker’s doctor that was retained by her attorney was more credible in fixing the nature and extent of permanent disability than the company physician. Thus, the lower court’s award of 33.5% of disability was upheld by the Appellate Division Judges. In this case, the injured worker injured her shoulder and the injury required surgery.

An investigation was launched on February 8, 2010 for determining the cause of a recent explosion at a Middletown, Connecticut power plant that killed at least five people and injured a dozen or more others. Based on a northjersey.com story, the huge explosion of the under-construction power plant occurred on February 7, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. and was so massive that residents heard and felt the boom as far as 20 miles away. Approximately 50 to 60 people were in the area at the time of the blast, and while hospital officials have not released the conditions of all of those injured in the power plant explosion, the report mentioned that one pipefitter injured in the explosion suffered a broken leg and wounds ranged from minor to very serious.

Construction for the 620-megawatt power plant was almost complete prior to the explosion. It was being built to produce energy mainly using natural gas, which, according to the report, accounts for almost a fifth of the nation’s electricity. The Connecticut Fire Marshalls and Colorado members of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigates industrial chemical accidents, are currently working together in determining exactly what happened. The explosion took place while workers for the O&G Industries construction company were purging a gas line and clearing it of air.
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A chemical plant worker in DuPont, West Virginia has died from exposure to phosgene that took place on January 23, 2010, according to a money.ca.msn.com article. The federal Occupation Health and Safety Administration stated that inspectors are examining a series of leaks that shut down the eastern Kanawha County plant and caused the employee to die. The plant was closed temporarily due to three leaks being reported; however, one leak went undetected for an entire week. The plant is currently reviewing operating procedures and there are no pressing plans to begin production.

Phosgene is a colorless gas that, as demonstrated in this particular incident, can be extremely dangerous because its odor may not be noticed and symptoms of exposure are usually gradual to appear. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who have been exposed to an unsafe amount of phosgene are typically observed by doctors for up to 48 hours since it may take that long for symptoms to develop or re-emerge. Some delayed effects of phosgene exposure may include difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, coughing up white to pink-colored fluid as a sign of pulmonary edema, or heart failure. While most individuals who survive phosgene exposure experience a full recovery, many of those affected develop emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) provides particular rules and regulations for employers and contractors to follow when teaching employees how to handle and work near flammable and combustible liquids. These safety standards are elaborate and should be enforced, monitored, and maintained to the best of employee and employer ability in order to prevent incidents of explosion or fire and subsequent burn injuries, lung damage, or other serious injury.

An explosion took place recently at a former gas station located on the corner of Vauxhall Road and Millburn Avenue. According to reports, a contractor was cutting tubular metal barriers with a gas-powered saw when sparks set off lingering gasoline vapors in underground tanks. The worker and two others were treated by fire department personnel at the scene of the explosion. The worker was transported to a local hospital with shock symptoms and possible internal injuries which were said to be non-life threatening. The two other hurt individuals suffered minor injuries.

The blast shattered storefront windows at two neighboring businesses, Center Cleaners and Livingston Mart, but no other injuries or structural damage to additional businesses or residents resulted as a consequence.
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