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How can bikers avoid most motorcycle accidents?

Most motorcycle riders in New Jersey know that they have to ride defensively to escape the risks posed by negligent or inconsiderate vehicle drivers. While protective gear can only protect riders from some of the typical injuries bikers suffer in motorcycle accidents, it could make them more visible to other road users. However, bikers can do a whole lot to avoid accidents and life-changing injuries.

Many drivers are conditioned to look for other vehicles, and often fail to notice much smaller motorcycles. Some are distracted, the biker might be in the driver's blind spot, or drivers might be inconsiderate. Bikers should always be prepared for vehicles that might turn in front of them without yielding. Bikers must be alert to patches of gravel, sand, leaves and other debris, which can cause a rider to lose control, especially when navigating road bends or corners.

Deceased worker's family can file workers' compensation claim

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the police are investigating a workplace accident that claimed the life of a construction worker. The surviving family will likely be eligible for death benefits through the New Jersey workers' compensation insurance program. Reportedly, the incident occurred at a northern New Jersey construction site.

Few details were reported after the fatal fall of a 47-year-old construction worker. Authorities say the incident occurred shortly before 5:20 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. The deceased worker was a member of a construction crew working on a housing project of planned townhouses, single-family homes and condominiums.

Motorcycle accidents: Sedan driver flees crash scene

Good Samaritans in New Jersey, including a pizza deliveryman, did not hesitate to detain a hit-and-run driver in New Jersey on a recent Friday afternoon. Motorcycle accidents are known to cause severe or even fatal injuries, and this rider was fortunate to survive a collision with a sedan. An investigation into this accident is ongoing.

According to a preliminary accident report, a motorcyclist was struck by a car in a five-corner intersection in Paterson. Reportedly, the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the accident scene, but witnesses chased him down. The good Samaritans called the police and detained the hit-and-run driver until the arrival of law enforcement.

Warehouse workers, are you at risk of forklift injuries?

With the advent of e-commerce, where consumers don't even have to leave home to make all sorts of purchases with the click of a mouse, warehouse workers are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated in 2017 that more than 960,000 workers were employed by storage and warehouse facilities in the United States. Most toil as material movers and freight stock handlers, laborers and forklift operators. The BLS expects these numbers to jump up 8% by 2026.

Dangers abound for warehouse workers

Workers' compensation claim will likely follow trench collapse

Trenches are some of the most hazardous places to work. A significant number of workers' compensation claims in New Jersey and elsewhere follow injuries or fatalities that involve cave-ins. The husband of a pregnant woman in New Jersey recently lost his life when a trench in which he was working collapsed.

The fire department and medical examiner of Jersey City were called to the scene, which is a parking lot where workers were busy with excavating a trench as part of a water line replacement project. Reportedly, the emergency call for first responders was received at about 9:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find a 35-year-old worker trapped in the collapsed trench.

Car accidents: 3 injured in crash involving school bus and 2 cars

When a school bus was involved in a recent accident in New Jersey that involved two passenger vehicles, it was fortunate that there were no children on the bus. However, occupants of cars are typically worse off in car accidents in which a big rig or bus is involved. This was also the case in this accident that sent three injured people to the hospital.

A reconstruction team examined the crash scene, and a preliminary accident report prepared by Bridgewater Police indicates that the accident occurred at about 3 p.m. on a recent Thursday afternoon. A male driver was eastbound in a school bus with no passengers when a female driver of a sedan heading north turned right and struck the school bus. The impact sent the bus veering into the lane of the vehicles heading west.

Workplace falls lead to many workers' compensation claims

One thing about work-related falls is that the severity of the injuries does not depend on the height of the fall. While New Jersey workers wear personal protective equipment when they work in elevated areas, no PPE can protect a worker who slips or trips and falls at ground level. Many of the claims filed for workers' compensation each year involve serious injuries suffered in preventable same-level falls.

Inadequate housekeeping causes many slip-and-fall, and trip-and-fall injuries when walking surfaces are wet from spillages or leaks, and when debris or randomly placed objects are present in walkways. In many cases, uneven floor surfaces or coverings, extension cords snaking across walkways or insufficient lighting causes the hazards. The severity of these falls can be minor or catastrophic, depending on where the worker lands and whether his or her head strikes a hard object.

Premises liability: New Jersey man fatally injured at ski resort

What was meant to be a ski trip in another state recently turned into a tragedy when a New Jersey man suffered a fatal injury. The 46-year-old man died on a recent Thursday in an incident that authorities ruled to be an accident. According to records, this was the first fatal chairlift incident at this resort since 2016 when a woman died after she was thrown from the lift. Following that accident, a report determined that the lift operator materially contributed to the accident, which would have been grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.

Although the investigation is ongoing, a preliminary report indicates that witnesses described it as a chairlift accident. According to them, the man fell through a gap that was left by a seat that was in an upright position instead of down. Investigators say the man's coat was caught as he slipped through the gap.

Nursing can be a dangerous profession

When you think of all the dangerous industries where workers can easily get hurt or killed carrying out their daily job duties, few people immediately list the field of health care. But the fact remains that it is very easy for a nurse or other medical professional to get badly injured on the job.

According to one past president of the American Nurses Association (ANA) who in addition to having her RN also has earned a PhD, it is vital to "take care of our nurses so they can take the best care of our patients."

Workers' compensation eligibility not affected by OSHA findings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the outcome of an investigation into a 2019 workplace accident that caused serious injuries to an employee of a New Jersey aluminum manufacturer. Although investigators found evidence of employer negligence, their findings do not affect the eligibility of injured employees for workers' compensation benefits. The safety agency typically has six months to investigate workplace accidents, but benefits claims can proceed immediately after the accident.

In Aug. 2019, a worker suffered serious injuries when a steel plate became dislodged from a crane and dropped onto his foot. The worker was hospitalized, and details about his injury, treatment and recovery were not included in the report. However, OSHA investigators determined that prescribed crane inspections were not carried out, and this might have led to the incident.

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