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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to help ensure the health and safety of New Jersey's and America's work force. One way this is accomplished is through annual electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses that identify locations that have experienced these issues. This enables an employee to know if a work injury or illness was experienced at his or her place of employment because the information is public.
Defensive driving is widely advocated as protection against an accident. Expecting the unexpected can help to maintain one's focus behind the wheel and allow for fast reaction time to avoid a crash. Unfortunately, some situations cannot be anticipated and a resulting car crash may be unavoidable.
A new year is a time for new beginnings. It's a time to look at what is working and what is not and to perhaps make changes to help things work better. The agencies that collaborate to protect New Jersey workers are looking at what they can do to make workers' lives better and safer and to possibly reduce the number of accidents and workers' compensation claims.
Employees report to work every day in New Jersey. They arrive at work and expect to return home without being injured. Some jobs have more risk than others, but if appropriate safety precautions are exercised most injuries can be prevented. In the event that a workplace injury does occur, the possibility may exist for a workers' compensation claim.
Repetitive motion injuries are a common ailment suffered by many people in New Jersey and across the country. In today's workplace where so many functions are performed at a computer keyboard or using another type of computer interface over many hours a day, repetitive motion injuries are a constant threat to workers. Determining if an injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be considered a work injury can be a gray area.