Construction workers on a job site have no meaningful choice when told by their employers to perform an assigned task. When a construction worker is injured, while performing his assigned task, should the defense of comparative negligence be a defense in a lawsuit filed by the injured employee against the general contractor? That is the… Continue Reading
Personal injury attorneys are advocates for people who have been injured in an accident, whether it is a slip and fall, trip and fall, work related, car, motorcycle or recreational accident. Our job is to represent the rights of the injured party, not the insurance company. So, why do personal injury attorneys have such a… Continue Reading
On a commercial construction site, because most of the trades need electrical power to operate their hand tools, the electrical contractor must provide “temporary” electrical service throughout the site right after the concrete slab is poured.
In a recent case, Van Dunk v. Reckson Associates Realty Corporation, the Supreme Court of New Jersey found in favor of the employer and against the injured worker who was suing his employer for intentional harm.
Mention the words “construction worker” to most people and the picture that comes to mind is a trim, muscular male wearing jeans and work boots with a hard hat and a toll belt tied to his waist. In the case of ironworkers, masons and roofers, however, their ensembles would not be complete without some form of leather harness having metal clips to attach to a lanyard or some other form of lifeline.
How many times have we seen on the news, footage of huge buildings being completely demolished without any damage to other buildings nearby? So precise is the planning that goes into demolition work that it is often scheduled at the same time new construction is taking place at the same work site.
Most young people seeking employment in manufacturing plants, warehouses, and bulk storage facilities, expect their work will require them to participate in loading or unloading freight from tractor trailers. So as to avoid heavy lifting, and the risk of injury, the plant is equipped with loading docks, and the men have the benefit of material handling equipment, such as forklifts and hand jacks.
With the exception of an experienced, OSHA certified backhoe operator, most construction workers don’t realize how dangerous it is to climb down into a trench, even as shallow as three or four feet. OSHA requires the side walls of a trench of a depth of four feet be supported with a properly constructed plywood wall, equal to the height of the trench.
Pursuant to OSHA, all industrial lift truck operators in New Jersey must be licensed. This involves taking a formal training course from a certified lift truck trainer. Next, the applicant must take and pass a written test, and satisfactorily perform a driving test under actual conditions in the plant or warehouse where employed. After becoming licensed, OSHA requires the operator, every three years, to be re-evaluated by a certified trainer in order to keep the license current.
Statistics published by the National Safety Council and OSHA show that three times as many workers are seriously injured or killed in lift truck related accidents than in construction site accidents in the United States annually since 2007. In fact, the risk of being injured by a forklift many years ago prompted the creation of an entire section in OSHA devoted to warehousing/material handling and storage operations in the Occupational Safety and Health Act.