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October 2013 Archives

Waitress loses workers' compensation claim in bar fight

The workers' compensation system in New Jersey functions to provide workers who have been injured in work-related activities. They can receive medical benefits and wages for the time they are injured, and in cases of severe injuries, permanent disability compensation is potentially available.  

Garbage truck cab couldn't protect hauler when cable snaps

The first step after suffering an on-the-job injury is to document the injury itself. For a New Jersey garbage hauler, the first part of this primary step was completed for him by doctors at Morristown Medical Center. There was no doubt that some level of injury had occurred, and the man will have the hospital records to prove it.

Motion sick while standing still

The brave new world of virtual reality and 3D displays on everything from smartphone to wall-sized monitors is presented as an unalloyed good. We will see images and scenes in new, life-like, immersive environments that will more and more simulate "being there." Google Glass and other wearable technology will change the way people view things, literally, and could change much of society and culture in much the same way that the internet and mobile computing has changed the last 20 years.

Could government shut down compromise worker safety?

As the government shut down nears the conclusion of its second day, some people idly dismiss the shuttering of many federal agencies. They believe that these agencies provide nothing of value as they go about their day. Because they have never been injured on the job or filed a workers' compensation claim they think that the closing of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has no impact on their safety.

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