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Workers' compensation can help in the event of a work injury

Working in construction in New Jersey can be very satisfying work. It also brings with it the risk of injury. However, people engaged in such industries would like to believe that their employers have concern for their safety and exercise certain precautions in order to protect employees from receiving a work injury. A recent accident involving a scaffolding collapse sent four construction workers to the hospital.

The accident occurred around lunch time on a recent afternoon. Four workers were on a scaffold performing masonry work when the it collapsed. The workers fell about 50 feet to the ground below. They were all employed by Ben-Mar Construction of Camden County and were working on a building at the campus of Together Everyone Achieves More. The building is scheduled to open this fall.

Drunk driving accident shatters family's joy

Summer is almost here in New Jersey and that means warm weather, outdoor activities and college kids reuniting with families for summer breaks. They come home, reconnect with siblings and parents and spend quality time with family members. That was the situation of a young woman who was tragically killed in an apparent drunk driving accident on a recent Saturday evening.

The young woman, 19, had just completed her freshman year at MIT where she was attending on a four-year scholarship. She was studying artificial intelligence and computer science. Her 15-year-old sister survived the crash and said her sister was passionate about women and children's issues and believes she would have used her education to make a positive difference in the lives of women and children around the world.

Workers' compensation aids snack food company

People who work in manufacturing plants in New Jersey have a right to expect a safe work environment. Manufacturing work involves inherent risks as employees are working with large piece of sophisticated equipment. Such a work environment should be reasonably safe as long as workers are appropriately trained in safety procedures and carefully follow those procedures. Failure to provide a safe work environment can lead to a workers' compensation issue.

A company that manufactures snack foods was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to provide adequate safety training. The company has eight locations in the region and reached a settlement with OSHA in which it agreed to improve safety training at all of its locations. Violations were only detected at one location.

Work on high power lines results in work injury

Construction work carries with it a certain amount of risk. Electrical work can be particularly risky when working with high voltage electrical lines such as are found along the New Jersey Garden State Parkway. A recent incident resulted in a work injury as a result of coming into contact with live wires.

Two workers were injured as they worked on the lines along the highway. The incident resulted in a portion of the road being closed for about an hour. The workers were both transported to an area hospital and were said to be in stable condition. It is not known if they had received adequate safety training for the work they were doing.

A car accident can happen in grocery store parking lots

Grocery store parking lots can be hazardous places. With so many cars and pedestrians coming and going it can feel like game of bumper cars. One should take special care when driving in a grocery store parking lot in order to avoid a possible car accident. Failure to do so in a New Jersey grocery store parking lot may have led to a pedestrian's death.

According to police reports an older woman, 71, was struck by a vehicle as it was leaving the supermarket. The woman was seriously injured and was airlifted to University Hospital in Newark. She later died as a result of her injuries.

Mock crash attempts to deter a DUI accident

Another school year is coming to an end in New Jersey and that means happy occasions such as proms and graduations are on the horizon. It seems every year these happy occasions are marred by the tragedy of a fatal DUI accident. One school in Warren County is trying to prevent anyone in its student body from becoming another statistic.

A chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions decided to take action in an attempt to make this prom and graduation season a little bit safer. Students participated in a mockup of a crash that could be caused by drunk driving. The mock crash involved multiple students and fake alcohol and blood. In addition, there were bystanders present who described the horrifying moments of the crash.

Car accident leaves one dead and many questions

When police and emergency responders arrive at a crash, it may be difficult for them to immediately understand what transpired. If the victims of the car accident are unable to speak, it may take investigators days or weeks to evaluate the evidence and reach a conclusion about who was at fault. New Jersey law enforcement are dealing with just such a situation following a recent accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle.

It is not surprising that the operator of the motorcycle suffered catastrophic injuries after his vehicle collided with the SUV. Original reports said the biker had broken arms and legs, but authorities pronounced him dead before transporting him from the scene. The accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. one recent Wednesday when both vehicles entered an intersection and collided.

Tragic death may trigger workers' compensation benefits

Construction work, by its very nature, carries some risks in New Jersey. Working with heavy equipment requires skill, practice and constant awareness of one's environment. Not only must one be in complete control of the construction equipment but a worker also needs to be aware of where other people are in relation to the equipment in order to maintain a safe environment. If an accident occurs, workers' compensation may be available.

An accident in a Costco parking lot resulted in the death of a construction worker. Repair work was being performed on a parking lot curb. One of the workers was driving a pickup and appeared to have inadvertently put the truck into reverse. He then lost control of the vehicle and ran over a worker who had been behind the truck.

Workers' compensation for volunteer first responders

First responders run toward the fire, or the crash, or the gun shots. While many are paid employees, many – particularly among firefighters, are volunteers. This is true in New Jersey and around the country. While paid employees are eligible for workers' compensation if they receive an injury on the job, volunteers have not enjoyed the same protection.

In a recent case, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that volunteers should receive short term disability benefits if they are injured in the line of duty. The decision applies regardless of whether the volunteer is otherwise employed at the time of the injury. Prior to the court's decision, volunteer first responders only received compensation for injuries if they were employed outside of their volunteer activities.

Spring brings with it the chance of a car crash

Spring has arrived and with it the arrival of motorcycles on New Jersey roadways. Traffic in New Jersey is always heavy and becomes more congested in the spring and summer with motorcycles and sports cars that had been garaged for the winter. Drivers should be conscious of this and be on the lookout for these vehicles in order to avoid a possible car crash.

A recent accident in Liberty Township took the life of a motorcycle rider. The motorcycle was heading east about 5:30 in the evening. A car was coming toward him in the opposite lane. The car turned left and reportedly failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle.