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.
All factories are potentially dangerous work sites when mistakes are made. Supervisors and managers must ensure that employees are properly trained and that accident prevention safety protocols are created and followed. Many New Jersey factory workers face long hours in poor working conditions. Those particularly at risk are at companies that cut corners to save money. Failing to maintain equipment or to provide enough staff are forms of negligence that can have dire consequences.
If you are hurt on the job in New Jersey, it is important that you learn about your legal rights and options. Financial support should be available for your medical bills and for a portion of your lost wages. New Jersey workers’ compensation is meant for all employees who are unable to work because of a work-related incident. However, many workers are denied the benefits they desperately need.
The experienced Princeton workers’ compensation attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein will be able to tell if you can file a third-party claim in addition to workers’ compensation, which could help maximize your recovery. We understand that a workplace injury can be emotionally and financially draining. Please call us to find out how we can help you.