Bergen County employers are obligated to maintain safe workplaces. The task becomes difficult when employees are exposed regularly to dangers because of the type of work they perform. When known hazards are present, companies must make every effort to remove or reduce threats to workers' health.
A widow's case against a railroad company was restored recently by an appellate panel's decision. The wrongful death suit concerns a former conductor for Consolidated Rail Corp., known to most New Jersey residents as Conrail. The man died nearly six years ago after being diagnosed with lung cancer, which his widow claimed was caused by inhaling train diesel fuel smoke.