It was reported in a phillyburbs.com article on Tuesday August 11, 2009 that an employee at Central Power & Light suffered serious burn injuries in New Jersey at a utility substation. A captain with the Plumsted Township Fire District and New Egypt Emergency Squad said the worker suffered burns on close to 50 percent of his body. Apparently, the employee was repairing electrical fixtures when the burns ensued, which more than likely resulted in electrical burns. However, it has not been made public as to how the worker’s injuries came about.
After being treated at the scene by firefighters and paramedics, the injured worker was transported in critical condition by helicopter to the burn center at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. No one else at the substation was injured or suffered any burns. The incident caused approximately 19,000 customers in North Hanover, Springfield, New Hanover, Plumsted, and Pemberton Township, to be without power for over an hour. An investigation by North Hanover police and Jersey Central is ongoing, according to officials.
Employers are required by law to create and maintain safe working environments, and are responsible for properly training employees on how to operate machinery, handle chemicals and toxins, and perform any other work-related tasks. Injuries on the job may result in minimal rehabilitation, or can require lifelong treatment, depending on the degree of the accident. If an employee sustains an injury while on the job, he or she may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive monetary payment to help cover the costs of medical bills, recovery treatment, loss of wages, or other expenses associated with the on the job injury.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a burn injury or any other calamity while at work, it may be in your best interest to contact a skilled New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein. Workers compensation claims can pose their own challenge separate from the painful recovery one must endure as the result of physical injury. Let our skilled attorneys help you through the process so that you get the compensation you deserve. Call Lependorf & Silverstein today for a free consultation.