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February 2016 Archives

Lawmakers seek to increase benefits for injured prison employees

There's no doubt that being a corrections officer in a prison is one of the most dangerous jobs that a person could undertake. According to the unions who represent these officers in New Jersey, there's been an increase in violence by inmates in our state. Officers in juvenile corrections facilities have also suffered serious injuries at the hands of their young charges.

Do workers' comp benefits stop when you go back to work?

When you're injured on the job, you may get compensation for more than just your medical bills. You could also get money for lost wages while you're out of work. If you are temporarily disabled, for example, you get disability payments until you've healed and you can go back into the workforce.

New Jersey firefighters can suffer from occupational diseases

Fire fighters are so trusted and responsive that we almost take them for granted. Anytime a structure fire or an emergency occurs, these brave men and women arrive almost miraculously to save human lives. We appreciate the work fire fighters deliver, but most of us do so in silence, assuming they will be here whenever they are needed.

As construction has increased, safety compliance has suffered

The U.S. is experiencing a residential building boom. That is good news for the millions of people who earn their living in the construction industry. However, it has also led to more worksite injuries and fatalities. Construction-related deaths rose by 5 percent in 2014.

Fatal accidents while backing up are strikingly common

It's been said that a high percentage of car accidents happen when drivers are moving in reverse, even though they do it for such a small percentage of the time that they are behind the wheel, and the same thing applies to the construction industry. Heavy equipment and large trucks that are used on site pose a serious risk due to their size, blind spots, and the noise of a construction site.

New Jersey's industries not immune from workers' accidents

New Jersey boasts a lot of important industries. While safety is always undergoing improvements in the state's industrial workforce, accidents still happen. From jobs in the chemical industries and manufacturing to positions in the state's warehouses, industrial work poses many hazards to those who choose industrial careers over more sedentary work.