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August 2014 Archives

Surgery followed New Jersey worker’s industrial accident

A Bergen County employer should be informed as soon as possible after a work injury occurs, is suspected or becomes known. Making that report in a timely manner is important, so employers can file claims with workers' compensation insurers for employee benefits. If a worker is incapacitated by an injury or dies, someone else may file the report on the employee's behalf.

Elevator shaft falls kills worker at New Jersey apartments

Consumerwatch.com reported there were approximately 900,000 elevators nationwide on which riders made 18 billion annual trips. An average of 27 people dies in elevator accidents every year. Fifty percent of victims who are killed die while performing elevator service or maintenance jobs or who are otherwise at work.

New Jersey occupational lung cancer case restored in appeal

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.

New Jersey workers' compensation coverage for state employees

New Jersey employers are required to carry insurance covering employees who become ill or hurt on the job. Employers can opt to use a self-insurance program or purchase workers' compensation insurance through a commercial carrier. State workers in Bergen County, like all other state employees, receive benefits from a self-funded or state-funded plan under the Division of Risk Management.

New Jersey work safety violator fined over $308,000

A single federal agency is responsible for regulating and enforcing safety rules in New Jersey and other U.S. workplaces – all 7 million of them. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors also investigate complaints and workplace accidents. OSHA's staff isn't large enough to cover all this ground in one year, so the agency prioritizes.