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What benefits does workers compensation provide?

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that is mandated by the state. It is purchased by employers as a way to cover the costs of payments that are made to an employee if he or she becomes injured while on the job and can no longer work.

Although the amount of money that an employee will receive as a payment through workers' comp is a relatively small amount, the insurance does cover other costs that the employee might incur. As an example, workers' comp covers the medical care that the employee receives due to his or her injuries. This may include doctor visits, x-rays, surgery and even follow-up medical care if it is needed.

Construction worker dies after Franklin Township trench collapse

A 43-year-old construction worker from Plainfield, New Jersey, who was in the process of running a drainage line for a house that was being built on Nueville Drive in Franklin Township, died after the trench he was working in collapsed and fell in on top of him. According to authorities, the accident occurred on May 4.

Police state that the man was working in a trench that was about eight feet in depth and approximately three feet in width. Other construction workers who were on the scene initially attempted to rescue the man, but after their rescue efforts were unsuccessful, they notified 9-1-1 that there have been an accident. Although rescue workers quickly appeared on the scene around 4:11 p.m. and began working to rescue the man, they were unable to extract him from the collapsed trench until about 5:43 p.m. The man was later pronounced dead on the scene at 6:10 p.m. by medics from the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital located in Brunswick.

What you should know about mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically appears in the lungs as well as the abdomen. This type of cancer was considered extremely rare until industries began using a fibrous material known as asbestos back during the 20th century. This material was once commonly used as a type of insulation since it was known to be both fire and heat resistant. Unfortunately, after a period of investigation, it was found that people who developed mesothelioma all had one thing in common. They had been exposed to asbestos.

Although asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, most people who have been exposed to it and developed mesothelioma came into contact with the asbestos while they were on the job. Some of the more common occupations for this type of exposure to occur are for those who work in occupation, such as shipyard workers, industrial workers, chemical plant workers, auto-mechanics, construction workers, boiler workers and insulators.

New Jersey construction worker dies after wall collapse

A death at an industrial building located in the northern part of New Jersey remains under investigation today after a cinder block wall fell on a construction worker who was working at the job site. According to the Ramsey Police Department, the 56-year-old man from Riverdale was working around the outside area of a building located in the community of Bergen County around 11:30 a.m. when a 9 by 12 foot portion of the wall gave away and fell on top of him.

Police state that the man and other construction workers were in the process of removing the wall to prepare the site for a new garage door that would provide access into the building when the wall fell. No other workers were reported to be injured.

What you need to know when you're injured on the job

Accidents happen and sometimes, they happen on the job. Unfortunately, some people who are hurt while they are at work choose not to report that they have been injured. They try to continue doing their job, but then the pain becomes intolerable and they can no longer perform their duties. Although they can report it at a later date, this can often cause delays in getting benefits started.

If you are injured at work, there are certain things you should know. First, it is important to report your injury to your supervisor immediately. Since you have a right to receive medical treatment, ask to see a doctor and request a workers' compensation form. You will not be able to receive benefits until you return the claim form to your employer, so fill it out as soon as you can.

Elevator company receives $28,000 fine in fatal accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a $28,000 fine against United States Elevator Inc. for a fatal accident that occurred around 10 a.m., on Aug. 15, 2014. A 25-year-old maintenance worker who was working on an elevator in an apartment building was killed during the accident.

According to OSHA's report, the Fairfield elevator company allegedly failed to properly evaluate the workplace and did not have proper procedure guidelines in place at the time of the accident. The man was reportedly crushed to death by the counterweights of the elevator after the doors shut and the elevator began descending while he was performing some maintenance work on the elevator at the New York Avenue Apartments. The 15-story building hosts 150 apartments that are rented by individuals that are disabled or elderly.

Symptoms and causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

Many Bergen County residents spend the largest portion of their waking hours working. Many employees work at a desk, sitting in the same chair for hours on end using a computer keyboard. Although desk jobs aren't as physically challenging as other types of work, "cubicle" employees may still suffer occupational injuries.

Making physical movements over and over, like typing on a computer, may place you at risk for a repetitive stress injury. Pressure on the nerves and tendons that pass through the "carpal tunnel" of bones and ligaments in the wrists can cause tingling, pain and a loss of sensation or movement from the hands up through the arms.

New Jersey contract worker killed by falling pylon

Workers' compensation benefits are paid by New Jersey employers to cover injuries or illnesses suffered by workers on the job. According to state workers' compensation laws, benefits for medical bills, disability, wage losses and death are extended to workers classified as employees, but not to independent contractors.

By paying workers' comp benefits, most employers have immunity from accident liability claims brought by workers covered by this insurance.

Is filing for New Jersey workers' comp benefits a job risk?

Hackensack employers may not fire workers for the wrong reasons -- reasons that violate an employee's rights. Job terminations due to filings for workers' comp benefits are one of those reasons. However, New Jersey workers' compensation claims do not immunize employees from being fired for legal reasons.

At-will employment rules allow employers to fire most Bergen County workers at any time with or without cause. The only workers not subject to at-will employment laws are employees with job contracts, outlining conditions under which terminations may take place. State laws forbid employers from retaliating against workers simply because employees sought benefits for job-related injuries or illnesses.

What are occupational lung diseases?

The source of some chronic or life-threatening illnesses can be found in Hackensack workplaces. Occupational asthma is one of several lung diseases contracted by working in contaminated environments. Employees who suffer occupational asthma are people who initially develop asthma at work or whose existing asthma is aggravated on the job.

New Jersey was part of a seven-year study to identify jobs with a high risk of occupational asthma. Making up about one-third of all identified victims were fabricators, operators and laborers. More than 20 percent were managers or professionals and another 19 percent were salespeople, office support staff and technical workers.