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June 2013 Archives

Weakening workers' compensation laws benefits few

Workers' compensation laws are designed to ensure that injured workers receive some compensation for their injuries and during their recovery. Because many injured workers are out of work for week or months, they would otherwise need to go without income and be unable to provide for their families. Employers are always attempting to lower their costs and increase their profits.

NJ survivors to get lifetime workers' compensation benefits

A few weeks ago, we discussed a workers' compensation bill that was being considered by the legislature. That bill, S-1469 would allow the surviving spouses of firefighters and police officers who had died in the line of duty to receive workers' compensation, even after they had remarried. Some communities were concerned that the bill could cost them a great deal of additional resources to provide the expanded workers' compensation benefits to these spouses.

New Jersey worksite receives $130,500 in OSHA fines

U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited two New Jersey companies for willful and repeat trenching hazards on a jobsite in New Jersey. The complaint dates from November 2012 and was the result of an "imminent danger complaint." This type of a complaint allows OSHA to inspect a worksite immediately if the working conditions are such that they could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm immediately or before the danger can be eliminated by normal enforcement proceedings.

Its summer, OSHA warns of the dangers of heat

With summer here, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is again emphasizing the dangers of the summer heat for any workers who are exposed to high heat and humidity. While heat may affect workers in the South, OSHA's heat fatality map indicates at least three workers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have died due to heat stroke in the last four years.

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