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spouse's workers' compensation benefits could double costs

A bill has passed the New Jersey Legislature and could become law pending Governor Chris Christie's signature that would extend workers' compensation benefits to widows or widowers of police and emergency personnel. Given the financial conditions of many municipalities, there is concern on the economic impact such an extension would cause for many of these municipalities

OSHA to extend deadline for crane operation certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. While OSHA had issued a final standard for cranes and derricks in construction work in 2010, which would have required compliance with the certification standard by November of 2014, many in the industry have raised questions regarding the qualification/certification requirements.

Workers’ compensation for New Jersey emergency personnel

One would think that a first responder injured or sickened at the workplace would not have to face obstacles when it comes to receiving benefits after being exposed to hazardous materials. However, in New Jersey emergency responders still need to provide proof that diseases they suffer have resulted from some hazardous event.

Will your doctor be consulting an algorithm on your workers' compensation claim?

On the job, injuries that result in workers' compensation claims often are painful. Back injuries, falls and broken bones typically leave workers with potentially long-lasting pain control needs. At the same time, insurers are becoming increasingly vigilant over claims that become what they consider as too expensive. While this is frequently couched in terms of concern over workers health and as a way of preventing prescription drug addictions from developing, it is as much a way of controlling the increasing costs of workers' compensation claims.

Counterfeit workers' compensation insurance scheme uncovered

Workers' compensation insurance is designed to promote two agendas. It allows injured workers to quickly obtain compensation for injuries that occur on the job, without needing to resort to the often slow and time consuming personal injury process. This ensures they receive the medical treatment they need in a timely manner and helps them return to work sooner.

OSHA issues citations for fall involving worker who suffered broken neck

Another New Jersey roofing company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations involving fall hazards, including one incident where a roofer fell and suffered a broken neck in October 2012. The Ridgefield, New Jersey based roofing company was charged with six violations at a job site in Moonachie.

Stop work orders and failure to insure for workers' compensation insurance in New Jersey

In New Jersey, it is important that all employers have workers' compensation coverage, whether through an insurance provider or are approved for self-insurance. Workers' compensation insurance is required of all employers, even those from out-of-state who are working on jobsites in New Jersey. Employers will sometime attempt to misclassify workers as independent contractors to avoid responsibility for the necessary workers' compensation insurance.

Construction worker trapped in mud in New York subway tunnel

Construction work is remarkably dangerous in New Jersey and everywhere in the U.S., from heavy machinery moving on job sites, to cranes lifting concrete and steel beams high in air, to workers in trenches, pits and tunnels being at constant risk of cave-ins, collapses and flooding. Workers are injured and sometimes killed in a variety of accidents on a daily basis across the country.

3D training simulator program released for forklift operators

Simulators have been used for decades for training commercial and military pilots. These machines were once extremely expensive, requiring a tremendously sophisticated installation that was used in such applications as training pilots on complex, multi-million dollar jets, where savings on jet fuel and the risk of loss of aircraft, made them cost effective.

Construction worker injured on job site by falling concrete in Jersey City

Construction site are risky places to work. Massive machinery, weighing tens of thousands of pounds, hydraulic arms capable of exerting incredible pressure, sharp blades, drills, cranes lifting all manner of beams, panels and equipment, all of which can cause horrific injures and kill workers when something goes wrong. This is one reason workers' compensation is available for these workers.

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