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City worker critically injured in on-the-job accident

No matter how many safety precautions are followed at work, no one can account for the unpredictable. No person, no matter what industry they may work in, is immune from the potentials of an industrial accident. Many New Jersey residents might have heard about a recent incident that took place where a worker was injured in an on-the-job accident.

The incident is currently being investigated by city officials and investigators from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s New Jersey field office. According to reports, a city electrical worker was repairing a traffic signal shortly after 11 a.m. The man was elevated in a bucket from the city’s repair truck when the accident occurred.

For reasons not yet known, a semi-truck went through the light and hit the hanging bucket with the man still inside. The damage to the truck's trailer shows a ripped hole where the bucket made contact with it. This is when, according to witnesses, the man fell out of the bucket, landing on the trailer before falling to the ground. The worker was transported to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition. It is unknown if the truck driver was injured in the accident.

Due to the extent of the worker’s injuries, he might be in need of more extensive medical treatment and possibly physical therapy before he may be able to return to work. Workers' compensation paperwork may already be in progress to speed the man’s receipt of benefits during his recovery. New Jersey OSHA investigators may issue citations for safety violations in connection with the injury of the worker regarding this on-the-job accident. Moreover, the seriously injured worker may have a separate cause of action against the truck driver and the trucking company for personal injury based upon a claim of third party negligence.

Source: 6abc.com, "Tractor trailer hits bucket truck in Camden; worker critically injured", Sarah Bloomquist, Aug. 19, 2014

Source: 6abc.com, "Tractor trailer hits bucket truck in Camden; worker critically injured", Sarah Bloomquist, Aug. 19, 2014

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