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What can I expect after my spinal cord injury in New Jersey?

Many victims of spinal cord injuries face a single question as they begin their recovery: "What now?" After such a life-changing event, emotional and physical effects may rise to the surface without warning. Victims who require long-term medical care because of paralysis and related conditions must adjust to an entirely new way of living, which can cause stress for both the injured person and his or her family members. Life after a spinal cord injury may be different, but there is hope for victims and their loved ones.

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Construction accidents dominated by nail gun complaints

Every day, thousands of construction workers head off to their jobs, building our residential and commercial structures on relatively dangerous job sites. Although roof and wall collapse injuries are certainly common, a hidden danger may lurk on those sites: nail guns. Construction accidents caused by nail guns are recognized as one of the most common in the industry, with a whopping 40 percent of workers saying that they experienced a nail gun injury within the past four years.

These injuries often go without treatment because workers believe they are too minor to address. However, a construction worker can suffer serious injury because of even a modest nail gun incident, causing him or her to lose the ability to work -- and therefore, the ability to make money. Construction workers do not deserve to have their livelihood stolen because of irresponsible nail gun policies or training by their supervisors.

Techn could eliminate need for table saw workers' comp benefits

Did you know that thousands of Americans -- many of them from New Jersey -- suffer serious injuries from table saws every year? Although workers' comp benefits may provide some relief for those victims, a better step would be to simply prevent the incidents from happening altogether. The construction and fabrication industry has the opportunity to provide better safety equipment -- but it appears that they simply are choosing not to implement the changes.

New technology uses sensors and other devices to stop saw blades and other moving parts quickly enough to prevent amputations and other serious injuries. These tech solutions could prevent many construction and machinery accidents, but it appears that the power tool industry is simply not buying into the modifications. Although the technology is not perfect -- some people still suffer injuries that warrant stitches -- the inventors claim to have saved more than 2,000 fingers and hands thanks to their innovative approach.

Stopping industrial accidents at New Jersey's stone shops

Does your workplace have adequate safety precautions in place to protect employees from falling materials? Even something as minor as a file box can cause serious injury -- but what about those industrial accidents involving larger items? As more and more stone fabrication workshops open throughout New Jersey and the neighboring areas, a growing number of our local employers need to start paying better attention to their safety protocols.

We all know how dangerous warehouse accidents can be; combine forklifts with heavy equipment and poorly trained personnel, and you get a recipe for disaster. A deadly confluence of factors can cause fatal injuries such as the recent crushing death of a New York manufacturing worker. The man, 52, was crushed by two 800-pound blocks of stone that is generally used to make counter-tops. Authorities are still investigating the incident, but the victim's workplace is almost guaranteed a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

What types of lung diseases affect industrial workers?

Many New Jersey residents suffer from respiratory conditions that they contract on the job site. Although you may primarily think of lung diseases as they relate to asbestos and other similar materials, a variety of other conditions can develop for those who work around hazardous materials. These issues can affect workers from coal miners to furniture fabricators and beyond. Victims who have developed a lung disease because of mining or another type of job may be entitled to financial compensation.

How are miners at risk? Coal miners are among the most vulnerable workers when it comes to lung diseases. These employees can suffer from pneumoconiosis (CWP), a condition that causes breathing difficulties because of exposure to dust in the mines. CWP and similar conditions, such as mesothelioma exposure to asbestos, can take up to a decade to develop, which makes them particularly difficult to detect. In addition to exposure to coal dust, miners have historically been confronted with another condition known as silicosis. This condition develops when miners are exposed to quartz dust that is stirred up while boring or blasting. Silicosis can also be attributed to sand particles, or silica dust, disturbed during construction activities, which is why many construction sites wet down sandy areas for worker protection.

Aviation maintenance workers more prone to occupational disease

Every day, tens of thousands of airplanes safely take off and land around the world due to the hard work and dedication of airline maintenance workers. While the work can be fulfilling, there is a downside for those who thrive in the airplane maintenance profession. They are often at a higher risk of developing an occupational disease.

While there are many different conditions that maintenance workers can develop, some of the more common ones may include carpal tunnel syndrome from the repetitive stress of working with heavy tools, kidney disease from chemical exposure and even hearing loss from aircraft noise. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that aircraft maintenance workers who experience noise-induced hearing loss while they are on the job typically have a hearing loss of more than 20 decibels in common speech frequencies. Sadly, this condition is not reversible and once the hearing is gone, it is lost forever.

New Jersey high court rules on workers' comp claims venues

The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided that cases involving an injury or death can be heard as tort claims rather than workers' compensation cases if there is a dispute over whether the worker is/was an independent contractor or employee. The state's high court ruled unanimously that if "there is a genuine dispute regarding the worker's employment status…the Superior Court has concurrent jurisdiction to resolve the dispute."

The Workers' Compensation Act was enacted over a century ago to give injured workers quick access to benefits. In exchange, they agree not to sue their employer in Superior Court. However, the Act, as the justice writing the decision noted, does not address independent contractors. Therefore, workers "cannot be presumed to have accepted the provisions of the compensation act" until it's been determined that they are/were an employee rather than an independent contractor.

Are mast climbers more at risk for construction accidents?

Mast climbers, or rather, workers who spend their days on motorized scaffolding systems, first began appearing on the construction scene around 1983. A decade later, they were a familiar sight in cities with tall skylines, such as New York and Philadelphia. When the recession struck in the year 2008, however, many of the high-rise buildings that were scheduled to be built were either canceled or put on hold.

Flash-forward to today and with the construction industry on the rebound, builders are once again relying on these mast climbing work platforms and the mast climbers that work on them. Although the platforms are easy to place and dismantle, they are generally considered safe, but workers do require a special type of training to operate them.

What are the causes of most forklift accidents?

Although accidents can happen in any type of workplace, the odds typically increase when there is a lot of activity going on. This can be particularly true in industrial type warehouses where there is complex machinery, such as forklifts, employee traffic on the floor, and a continuous sense of urgency to get things done.

While employers commonly have plans and training in place to help reduce the risk of accidents, there are still some common forklift injuries that are more prone to happening in a warehouse type environment.

What you should know about carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in the hand and arm that is caused when a nerve becomes pinched in the wrist. The condition can cause tingling and numbness, among other symptoms. It can also cause weakness in the hand, which can give those who suffer from the disease a tendency to drop things they are holding.

Although there are a number of different factors that can contribute to a person developing carpal tunnel syndrome, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have indicated that it is often associated with certain tasks commonly found in the workplace, such as making repetitive hand motions, vibrations from tools, using a strong grip, and mechanical stress that is placed on the palm.