Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, a reality that is accepted by virtually all New Jersey workers. Construction ranks at or near the top of any list of dangerous occupations, and workers within the construction industry understand the need to remain aware of the conditions that surround them while on the job. However, no matter how careful workers and sit supervisors may be, accidents are going to happen from time to time. News of a recent fatality in Watchung, Texas reminds workers and their families of the dangers associated with work related injuries.
The 52-year-old man was employed as a maintenance worker for New Jersey American Water Company. During the first week of June, he was working on a construction site repairing a water hydrant. The pipe burst, and high-pressure water struck him, rendering him unconscious. He was rushed to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment, but was unable to survive his injuries. At the time of his death he had logged 16 years working for the company.
The man is survived by his wife and two children. As they move through the immediate aftermath of their loss and begin the grieving process, there will inevitable be financial concerns that follow. When a family loses a breadwinner in an unexpected manner, it can be difficult to replace the income that is lost. In many cases, financial matters exacerbate the already traumatic loss of a loved one.
When a life is lost as a result of work-related injuries, workers' compensation can help families weather the financial repercussions of their loss. Workers' compensation can assist a family in covering costs related to the injured worker's medical care and final arrangements, in addition to regular bills and household expenses. However, it is important to ensure that the family left behind receives the proper benefits, and in a timely manner. For those in New Jersey who believe that they have not received the proper level of benefits, it is imperative to determine their rights under state law.
Source: nj.com, "Construction worker killed from work-related injuries loved football, Dallas Cowboys," Meghan D. Hodgin, June 18, 2013