A man was recently killed in an accident on the job, which officials say, occurred at a demolition worksite. According to a news report in The Statehouse Bureau, the fatal construction accident occurred on Wilson Avenue in Newark. Officials say that the man was trapped in a conveyor belt and fatally injured. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the cause of the incident and has not released information regarding how or why it occurred.
In addition to having many of the same hazards as construction work, demolition work has a number of additional factors that can put the workers at great risk. Dangers from hazardous conditions at demolition worksites listed by OSHA include “deviations from the structure’s design introduced during construction, approved or unapproved modifications that altered the original design, materials hidden within structural members, and unknown strengths or weaknesses of construction materials.”
The family members of a deceased New Jersey construction accident victim would be well advised to speak with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney to discuss their legal rights and options. A deceased worker’s family should be able to receive benefits through the employer’s workers compensation insurance. In cases involving third-party negligence, additional compensation may be available through civil litigation.
The knowledgeable on-the-job injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured workers and their families. If you have been injured on the job or have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, please contact us at 609-240-0040 for a no-cost consultation.