A 26-year-old Edison man was killed on August 11, 2009 during a bridge construction accident in New Jersey. The man was hit on the head at the Conrail freight crossing on Blair Road in Avenel by a 1,500 pound steel plate that fell about five or six feet after slipping from its chains while being lowered by a back hoe. The man was found unconscious and bleeding at the bottom of a trench at the construction site and, though first responders performed CPR, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration official reported to the scene and it is unknown at this time as to why the steel plate’s chains came loose.
Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in our country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2007 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, even though construction industry deaths are on the decline, the construction industry continues to be responsible for the most deaths sustained by employees in the private sector. Based on the report, the 5 percent drop in construction fatalities occurring from 2006 to 2007 (1,239 to 1,178) was about the same as the decrease for all fatal work injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you already know how quick financial expenses can collect and burden can set in. Often, workers’ compensation in New Jersey does not sufficiently compensate for the severity of the on the job injury. It is important to know that property owners, sub-contractors, contractors, architects, and manufacturers can all be held liable for a construction site injury or wrongful death.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers help innocent workers receive compensation for their injuries. This compensation can be used towards reimbursement for future loss of wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Negligent parties must be held accountable for the injuries their carelessness caused. For more information regarding your construction accident or work injury case, call Lependorf & Silverstein today for a free consultation at 609-240-0040.