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What If I Am Injured in a Construction Accident in NJ?

Earlier this month, a worker lost his life as a result of a construction accident in New Jersey. Per a WPIX-TV report, the worker was cleaning out the cement mixer on a truck when he was caught under the mixer’s drum, resulting in fatal injuries. Are Families of Construction Workers Killed on the Job Eligible for Workers’ Comp? Construction accidents can happen because of the negligence of a construction company, product manufacturer or a third party, such as a contractor or subcontractor. In some cases, the families of employees killed in construction accidents may be able to secure workers’ compensation benefits in the wake of the incident. However, the workers’ comp process can be slow and complicated. In addition, in many situations, applicants are denied benefits and must turn to the appeal process to recover workers’ comp benefits. Workers’ compensation may not be the only option for the families of…
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What Caused the Crane to Collapse at the Tappan Zee Bridge?

Last month, a 250-foot crane crashed across six lanes of traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Miraculously, the neck of the crane missed almost all of the 138,000 cars that were present on the bridge that day. The passengers in the only car that was hit in the crane accident only suffered minor injuries. The Coast Guard had to rescue the crane operator from the water, but the worker sustained no serious injuries. Operator Error, Equipment Failure and Strict Deadlines May Be Factors in the Crane Accident The state’s Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have launched an investigation into the cause of the Tappan Zee Bridge crane accident. Their investigation found the crane was being used to hold a hammer in place. However, this type of suspension is a lot like balancing a pencil on a tabletop, and any force can make the crane…
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Would Installing Black Boxes Improve Safety and Help Prevent Crane Accidents?

A new development stemming from the Tribeca crane accident case could drastically improve crane safety in New York, and hopefully the rest of the country. An attorney who works for the widow of the man killed in last February’s construction accident has voiced support of a new city bill that could see black boxes installed in cranes and other heavy machinery. These black boxes are recording devices which could provide valuable information in the event of a malfunction or crash. With the information gathered by these boxes, safety officials could theoretically make more educated decisions to improve the safety of heavy equipment such as cranes. Common Causes of Crane Accidents Crane accidents can be caused by any number of factors, or a combination of them. Some of the more common causes include: Strong winds Operator error Equipment malfunction Operating in bad weather Improper training Communication breakdowns These are just some…
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