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Workers' Compensation Archives

The prevalence and causes of occupational hearing loss

Many employees in New Jersey might not consider hearing loss a potential risk of their jobs, so they may be shocked to learn that 24 percent of hearing-loss cases among workers is the result of their occupations. Affecting more than 11 percent of the working population, hearing loss is in the top three of chronic health problems in older adults behind hypertension and arthritis.

New Jersey explosion injures gas workers, firefighters, and EMTs

A gas explosion that leveled a house in Ocean County, New Jersey injured seven gas workers, six firefighters and two EMTs. Police car video revealed the explosion that completely destroyed a home in the Cedar Run neighborhood and sent debris high into the air.

A look at roadside worker fatalities across the country

New Jersey workers may be interested in some data about the prevalence of fatalities where roadside workers are concerned. Though the number killed every year appears to be dropping, the risk of work injury or death remains great.

Warehouse owner charged in electrocution case

A South Brunswick warehouse owner is now facing criminal charges in connection with an alleged electrocution of an employee after being criminally charged in the matter on Oct. 6, authorities state. According to police, the owner, a 38-year-old resident of Canada, had claimed there was no electricity running to a machine by which the employee was found unconscious. The owner claimed the employee had simply suffered a heart attack.

Workers' compensation in New Jersey

Most employees in New Jersey have workers' compensation coverage from their employers, and this form of insurance offers benefits to a worker who suffers from job-related illnesses or injuries. The type of benefits that a worker receives is based on an injury or illness, and an employee may be given medical benefits, permanent partial disability benefits and temporary or permanent total disability benefits. An employee's family may also receive death benefits if a work-related fatality occurs.

Work comp, death benefits and a tire-strewn highway

While pulling a tire fragment from a roadway, a New Jersey turnpike maintenance worker was struck and killed by a small truck on the morning of July 10. The victim had parked his work vehicle on the shoulder and switched on the flashing amber lights designed to caution drivers on the presence of workers on foot.

Comparing risks in occupations

New Jersey readers might think that jobs with higher risks tend to pay better. However, it is important to understand that the pay may not be as high as some believe and being injured on the job can lead to permanent disability or even death. Therefore, it is necessary to weigh the potentially better pay against the higher risks involved in some jobs. A recent article discussed how well some of the more dangerous jobs pay.

New Jersey crane operator killed in construction accident

A 50-year-old New Jersey construction worker was killed in an accident involving an excavating crane on June 5. The man was working on a bird sanctuary project in Newark Bay. A coworker who witnessed the accident said that the crane began to lean forward before it fell top-first into the water. The coworker ran to help the man get out of the crane, but the vehicle sank in seconds. The man operating the crane at the time was, according to his coworker, possibly the best crane operator on the job.

One killed, another injured in masonry collapse inside restaurant

According to authorities, masonry work collapsed inside a New Jersey restaurant, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring another. The incident took place around 9 a.m. in downtown Maplewood on May 30. The collapse occurred from the first floor down to the basement. At the time of the incident, three construction workers were installing a staircase, officials said.

Teenager has arm severed by pasta machine

Life is full of hazards, and the workplace is no exception to this rule. You don’t have to be working in construction or at an industrial facility to be at risk of serious injury. Various forms of work injury can occur even when performing everyday tasks, such as moving heavy boxes, cleaning or operating machinery. Employees in New Jersey should try to stay alert at work to avoid the risk of injury.