A worker sustained serious burn injuries while remodeling a home in Jerseyville, New Jersey. The Journal-Courier reports that the incident occurred when the worker was filling an insulation blower with gas from a can, which caught fire. The man tried to throw away the gas can, but it landed under the vehicle of another worker, and, ignited the vehicle. The worker suffered a burn to his arm and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Construction zones can be extremely hazardous places. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 13 construction workers out of every 100,000 have died on the job since 2005. In addition, six out of every 100 construction workers in the United States were either injured or sickened at work. This incident in Jerseyville is evidence that even a bystander is at risk for injuries due to construction-related accidents.
State and Federal laws mandate compliance with strict workplace safety standards for construction sites, including required protective gear, and, the regulation of exposure to dangerous chemicals. However, very often, those laws are partially or completely ignored, with possible life-changing consequences to the victims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey construction accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, lack of safety training, or, as the result of a defective product, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and/or, permanent disability. You may be able to hold a contractor, sub-contractor, or, the maker of faulty equipment liable for your accident, injuries and other losses. Contact the experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Blume Forte by calling 973-845-4421 to secure a no-cost evaluation of your potential construction accident case.