Most New Jersey companies follow safety guidelines set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Unfortunately, even if employees are provided with the proper training and equipment to keep safe and all machines are kept in good working order, an on-the-job accident can still occur. This makes any investigation into a work-related fatality more of a challenge because there are no glaring deficiencies.
Not all work-related injuries occur on a job site or in a building. Many such accidents occur on the country's roadways. For example, the New Jersey Turnpike was recently the scene of an on-the-job accident involving three truckers.
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.
An outdoor construction job site is typically required to be insured with the same workers' compensation regulations as other local businesses that are equal in size and stature. The high risks that often accompany these job sites can require additional precautions as well as produce more work-related injuries. Recently, a New Jersey construction worker suffered work-related injuries from a dangerous tool that he was using while on the job.
OSHA issues citations in the "serious" category when the agency determines that the probability of serious physical harm or death is substantially high. In order to fall into that category, the agency must also have determined that the employer knew (or, at least, should have known) that a workplace hazard existed. Based on OSHA's serious-category standards for citations, it may not be unreasonable to assume that many would feel that a vinyl-window manufacturer in New Jersey is a company whose production employees stand a good chance of suffering work-related injuries -- the company received a total of 14 alleged citations for serious violations after an inspection in June.
It was not a normal hold-up. It was also one of the stranger work-related injuries. The New Jersey hold-up did not involve the standard gunpoint or knifepoint scenario – the robber bit the behind-the-counter employee instead.
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.
Workers' compensation benefits in New Jersey may soon change if a proposed bill is signed by the governor. The bill, already approved by both the House and Senate, would extend workers' compensation benefits to widows or widowers of emergency personnel workers.