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Chances of surviving a trench collapse are slim

Whenever a cut, impression or trench is formed in the surface of the earth by using excavation equipment, lives will be at risk. There is little chance of surviving a trench collapse, and New Jersey employers must comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations to protect employees. Any excavation of which the depth exceeds a specified width classifies as a trench that is subject to specific safety rules.

Work accident claims life of plastics factory employee

Industrial facilities typically pose multiple safety hazards. Company owners are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Unfortunately, that responsibility is frequently disregarded -- especially if there is a choice between profits and employee safety. It is unclear whether a safety violation led to a fatal work accident at a New Jersey plastic manufacturer on July 25.

Employer responsibilities and personal protective equipment

There are times when job duties at a New Jersey workplace may put workers in danger, even though the companies have done everything possible to eliminate hazards. In these cases, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that employers should provide the necessary personal protective equipment to lower the chances of harm in an accident.

What is killing NJ workers?

An accident can happen to anyone anywhere, and your workplace in New Jersey is no exception—a fact that data confirms each year. The Insurance Journal explains that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects this information on fatal workplace accidents from a wide range of agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, among others.

Burn injuries: hazards and outcomes

Regardless of what profession you work in, one on-the-job injury that you are not exempt from is a burn. Your New Jersey workplace should have safety measures in place to minimize your risk, from providing personal protective equipment such as gloves and eyewear to replacing frayed electric cords. At Parisi & Gerlanc, we have provided legal assistance to many people who sustained burn injuries at work.

Temporary work—full protection

As a temporary worker in New Jersey, because you may spend a limited amount of time on any given job, employers may be tempted to forgo some of the safety training and protection you should receive. We at Parisi & Gerlanc understand that, regardless of the terms of your employment, you have the right to a safe workplace.

Protecting yourself from a lifting injury

If you work in a Bergen County warehouse, you are probably required to lift anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds on a regular basis. This kind of repetitive work can take its toll and one of the most common injuries we see here at Parisi & Gerlanc Attorneys at Law are those related to lifting. While not all work injuries can be prevented, there are certain things that you and your employer can do to reduce your risk.

Scaffold collapse blamed for work accident in water tower

Any workplace environment in Bergen County can become the scene of an accident, but there are some jobs that are considered more dangerous than others. The U.S. Department of Labor points out that construction workers often suffer serious injuries and the No. 1 cause is falls. This is not surprising since workers in this industry often perform tasks while standing on scaffolds several feet above the ground. If the platform they are using has any defects within it, the results could be disastrous.

Preventing slip and fall accidents in the workplace

Although every possible cause of an accident cannot be foreseen, employers typically take care to create a safe environment to reduce the number of injuries that occur. There are some common scenarios for which companies can implement practices to reduce some of the most frequent causes of accidents and injuries in New Jersey, such as slip and fall accidents.

What is voluntary tender in workers' compensation cases?

After a serious accident in the workplace, you might find yourself unable to work but with a long wait before your workers' compensation benefits arrive. At Parisi and Gerlanc, we understand how hard it can be to go without a paycheck while you wait for a workers' compensation to be handled. In New Jersey, prior to your workers' compensation settlement, you have the choice to apply for voluntary tender.