New Jersey construction workers face many dangers at work on a daily basis. When employees find themselves injured on the job, they may consider filing workers' compensation claims to gain financial assistance for medical bills and other losses. One electrical company worker is likely looking into his options after suffering serious injuries in a recent accident.
The man was working at a college campus on the morning of May 2 when the incident occurred. Reports state that he fell into an electrical vault located 30 feet underground. It is unknown whether officials know what caused the man to fall. Both campus police and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the accident to help the man escape.
Officials did not release details of the man's injuries, though they are stated to be severe. EMS crews treated him while he was still in the vault before rescuers could manage to free him. It took roughly 30 firefighters to remove the worker from the hole using a belay system and rescue basket. He was then taken to the hospital for further treatment.
When workers suffer injuries, filing a workers' compensation claim could be beneficial. If the claim is successful, the employee who files could receive monetary damages to cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages due to the accident. An experienced New Jersey workers' compensation attorney could provide assistance to those interested in filing claims. An attorney could also provide guidance throughout the legal proceedings, including scenarios where civil court claims against third party tortfeasors may also be appropriate.
Source: nj.com, "Worker injured in 30-foot fall into electrical vault at Rutgers campus", Jessica Mazzola, May 3, 2017