Articles Posted in Construction Accident

Two construction workers were hospitalized after being injured by the partial collapse of a parking garage. According to a news report in The Republic, the construction accident occurred at New Jersey’s William Paterson University in Wayne. Officials have not released information regarding how the parking garage collapsed, and inspectors are trying to determine if work can resume at the 1,000-space, five-level garage. The two injured construction workers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Inspecting construction sites for potential dangers is an important part of keeping a worksite safe. When a structure collapses, it must be determined what more could have been done to prevent the accident and protect workers. This type of incident is relatively common and often fatal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 35 workers killed in falls, slips, and trips that resulted from a collapsing structure or piece of equipment in 2012. Furthermore, 74 workers were killed during that same year after being “struck, caught, or crushed” by a collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
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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 33-year-old man was killed recently after the six-ton Ingersoll Rand roller he was operating fell off an embankment at a Union County construction site. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal accident occurred on a path off East Coast Greenway near Union and Kenilworth. The man was attempting to flatten a pathway with the large machine when it fell off the embankment. Fellow employees found the 33-year-old father of two after the fatal crash. It is unclear if he was wearing a seatbelt.

Construction and road work continue to be two of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. New Jersey construction workers are in constant danger of machinery malfunctions, dangerous worksite incidents, and accidents caused by defective products. Employers are required to provide proper supervision and training. They are also required to ensure that a worksite is safe for their employees.

Workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey help injures employees and the families of workers who have been injured or killed on a jobsite. Compensation may be available for losses such as medical costs, funeral expenses and lost future wages. Additional compensation may be available when the accident was caused by negligence or recklessness. An experienced attorney can help a family understand their legal rights and options in such cases.

A 49-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey construction site accident after he was hit by a truck on Thursday, November 11. According to a news report in The Daily Record, the accident occurred in a construction site at Long Hill when the worker was allegedly struck by a runaway tractor-trailer. The worker became wedged between the tractor-trailer and a tree when he attempted to stop the runaway truck and suffered chest and arm injuries. Investigators are looking into the cause of the New Jersey construction site accident.

Workplace injuries are common, particularly at construction sites. Any employee injured at a construction site should immediately seek medical attention and may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits are often inadequate to fully cover the expenses of a serious injury. A skilled lawyer can help an injured construction worker determine if additional compensation is available by filing a third-party claim, which holds negligent parties responsible for a construction site accident in New Jersey.

Third-party workplace claims involve holding a property owner or defective product manufacturer legally accountable for the damages their product or workplace caused an employee. A New Jersey personal injury attorney who is well-versed in New Jersey law will carefully review all details surrounding a construction site accident to determine if additional compensation is available for the victim by filing a third-party claim.

Construction accidents in New Jersey involve any incidents that occur at a construction site. These accidents usually occur due to falls, electrocution, and incidents involving heavy equipment. There are several factors that can lead to such workplace injuries and you may be eligible for a considerable amount of workers’ compensation when injured on the job. Some hazardous work conditions leading to injury or illness may relate to unsafe ladders, falling debris, chemical exposure, improperly assembled scaffolding, and overall unsafe premises due to a lack of safety precautions enforced to properly ensure the safety of employees.

The vast dangers present at a construction site lead to many opportunities for severe injury and even fatal accidents to occur. These New Jersey construction accidents may cause spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, fractured bones, and even death. Due to the severity of many injuries sustained at a construction site, hospitalization and long-term treatment and care are usually necessary. Although workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey offer injured workers financial assistance, these funds may not be sufficient enough to help an injured worker in the way that he or she requires.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, our skilled New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers understand the many challenges an injured worker faces in the aftermath of a serious workplace accident. Our skilled attorneys have years of experience in successfully handling cases involving workers’ compensation. We will help you stave off steep medical expenses, regain income lost while you were unable to work, and provide permanent compensation for you and your loved ones if you are unable to return to work due to a debilitating condition caused by the accident. For more information and a free evaluation of your case, call Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040 today.

New Jersey construction accidents can happen in many different ways. Some of these incidents can cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Recently, we saw an example of this where construction workers in New Jersey hit a gas line, which in turn caused a fire. The incident occurred near the intersection of Georgetown Franklin Turnpike and State Road in Franklin Township. The Star Ledger reports that two dump trucks and a backhoe caught fire and nearby homes were evacuated. Thankfully, there were no injuries or deaths as a result of this incident.

There are studies that suggest one out of every 10 construction workers will be injured on-the-job every year. That’s an astounding amount of injuries. This incident with the gas line is just another example of the many ways by which a construction worker can get hurt or killed while working at a job site. Did the incident occur because of the inexperience and lack of training on the part of the crew? Was the site safe or was an accident like this bound to happen? New Jersey construction sites continue to be hazardous places to work.

On-the-job injuries in New Jersey may happen in a fraction of a second, but they can have lasting negative impacts. Medical bills, rehabilitation fees and loss of wages can add up fast for a worker or his family. A New Jersey construction accident attorney may be needed to help determine who is liable for the incident and to secure the necessary funds to protect the victim of a worksite accident.

A 43-year-old construction worker fell to his death on Monday, April 12, 2010 while working on a Seaside Heights hotel. According to a Star-Ledger story, the man was pronounced dead on the scene. The man, whose name is presently being withheld, was performing renovations on the hotel for his employer Murph Construction Co. Inc. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was immediately notified and will perform an investigation.

The construction industry continues to be responsible for an overwhelming number of on-the-job injuries and deaths per year in the United States. Construction is an extremely high risk industry. Although organizations like OSHA endeavor to improve the safety of workers, accidents like the aforementioned fall incident still routinely occur. While workers who suffer on-the-job injuries are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits, New Jersey construction accident attorneys can help you recover additional monetary settlements and/or awards beyond that which worker’s compensation may cover.
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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.
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A mycentraljersey.com article reported that a 35-year-old construction worker fell 30 feet from a Montgomery Township home as he was working on its roof. Investigators at scene said that the worker fell after trying to adjust scaffolding attached to the exterior of a second-story window. He was found lying on the ground on top of construction debris, and was conscious when emergency personnel arrived. The construction worker is said to be in stable condition, but fractured both his neck and femur during the fall. Further investigation into the construction accident in New Jersey is still being conducted by the Montgomery Township Detective Bureau and OSHA.

Construction site fall injuries can lead to paralysis, brain injury, spinal injury, and even death, especially when scaffolds, towers, tall buildings, roofs, or ladders are involved. Being injured in a construction accident not only inflicts catastrophic injuries that can take years to recover from, on top of the extreme amount of pain and suffering one feels during the accident, but creates financial burdens as well, particularly those costs brought on by the accident, such as medical bills and physical therapy fees that can pose difficult for victims and families to successfully manage.
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A Hudson County jury has awarded Newark resident Silvano Santos $6 million as compensation for severe wrist injuries in a New Jersey construction accident four years ago, the Jersey Journal reports. The construction accident happened on January 12, 2005 when Santos slipped on ice and fell from a second story platform through an open hole that was cut for stairs on to a cement ground floor. The guard rail that had apparently been placed around the hole had been removed to build a wall, but there was no alternative safety device such as a harness, which is required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

Santos suffered a shattered right wrist and is still unable to bend his wrist or hold anything heavy. He also suffers sever daily pain, his attorneys say. Santos was unable to work for four months after the accident. Now he is left with a significant permanent disability to the right hand and wrist.

Santos worked for the now-defunct New Way Construction that was hired by subcontractor All-Tech Inc. to do carpentry work at the site. The general contractor, Baker Residential, and All-Tech were eventually held liable for the accident and Santos’ injuries. OSHA officials said they had no record of the construction accident in New Jersey. A local official also said that the accident was never reported, as required, to the Secaucus Construction Code Enforcement Department.
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