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.
Working in a manufacturing environment carries inherent risks. People in New Jersey who work in such environments trust their employers to provide safety training and safe equipment that is properly maintained. Periodic inspections are required to ensure that equipment remains safe. Workers' compensation is in place to help protect the worker in the event of an injury.
Some jobs in New Jersey carry risk. Working on cargo ships at the port in New Jersey carries some risk but workers expect safety measures to help ensure their safety on the job. A possible failure of those safety measures recently resulted in the tragic death of a young man from Pennsauken. Such an accident may become a workers' compensation issue.
The dog days of summer are here in New Jersey. Swimming pools, amusement parks, summer camps and movie theaters are all busy. In addition to being busy these institutions of summer typically employ a large number of young people. As the rate of employment for young people goes up in the summer, so does their chance of suffering a work injury, or dying, on the job.
Medicinal marijuana, commonly called cannabis for medicinal use, is legal in New Jersey. In a recent case involving a gentleman who suffered multiple workplace injuries, his doctor prescribed medicinal cannabis to relieve his pain. The workers' compensation insurer was ordered by a judge to cover the cost of the prescription.