Workers’ compensation after a New Jersey construction accident
Workplace accidents can happen in any New Jersey workplace, but construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments in the state. A workplace accident can have a devastating impact on a family’s finances and result in a serious economic hardship. With the dismal job market, many families are reliant on a single person’s income and unable to cope when their single income stream is cut off by a construction site fall or other injury.
New Jersey workers’ compensation is generally available to workers who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation is one of several types of compensation that injured workers can obtain with the help of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney. Personal injury attorneys often pursue third party claims against manufacturers of defective equipment that did not have safety guards or deficient ladders which contributed to a construction site fall.
Fall hazards are part of the reason that one New Jersey construction company faces heavy fines from federal safety watchdogs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited a Hackensack company for various safety violations spotted at a Clifton worksite for the Passaic River Bridge.
“The construction industry continues to remain one of the most dangerous, and heavy highway and bridge work entails a variety of unique hazards,” said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. “The company needs to ensure that violations of this nature are not repeated.”
The company faces $41,580 in fines for violations that included fall and impalement hazards.
Source: OSHA, “US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Creamer Sanzari Joint Venture for safety hazards at Passaic River bridge project in Clifton, NJ,” Region 2 News Release: 11-1762-NEW, Dec. 27, 2011