A steel worker was airlifted to a hospital after he suffered second-degree burns in a New Jersey construction accident. According to The Hudson Reporter, the construction accident occurred at a county building construction site on Hackensack Avenue. Officials say that the worker was burned when sparks ignited his pants, inflicting second-degree burns on his knees and legs. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is investigating the Hudson County worksite to determine how the accident occurred and if there were any safety violations.
There are many potential dangers in New Jersey construction sites. Some of the most common construction accidents involve falls, collapsing materials, exposure to harmful substances, contact with dangerous machinery, and transportation accidents. Many New Jersey construction workers are also in danger of suffering a burn injury because of the equipment they use.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 187 workers were killed as a result of fires and explosions in 2010. That number reflects an increase in fatal work-related fire accidents from the 113 suffered in the year 2009. Any time a worker is killed or injured in a workplace accident, the victim or the victim’s family would be well advised to discuss their rights with a skilled personal injury attorney.
A workers’ compensation attorney can help victims and their families understand their legal rights and options. Serious burn injuries can have catastrophic effects and can leave a worker permanently disabled and unable to return to work or even earn a livelihood.
The skilled NJ construction accident injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein fight for the rights of injured workers and their families.If you have been injured on the job, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.