Workers at a New Jersey factory were mixing hydrogen and oxygen to create polyurethane foam when an explosion occurred resulting in four of them being injured. According to The Associated Press, the blaze broke out at the Crest Foam Industries building on Carol Place in Moonachie. Firefighters were able to control the blaze and put it out within an hour and a half. Of the 17 employees in the building at the time of the explosion, four suffered head injuries. They were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of concussions. It is unclear what caused the explosion or what steps will be taken to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,628 fatal occupational injuries in 2012. Of those work-related deaths, three percent resulted from fires and explosions. Of the 353 total workers killed in multiple-fatality incidents, five percent resulted from fires and explosions.
All businesses that deal with chemicals and potentially dangerous substances are required under the law to provide their workers with job and safety training. This includes providing safety protocols, consistent supervision and safety devices to help protect workers on the job.
Not all workplaces follow safety protocols, which often results in serious or even catastrophic injuries. If you are injured on the job in New Jersey, it is crucial that you:
- Immediately notify your manager.
- Inform your boss that you intend to seek medical attention.
- Ask what medical facilities are covered by your company’s insurance.
- See a doctor promptly.
- Inform your employer if you are going to have to miss work.
- Request information regarding your workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, the experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari can help you better understand your legal rights and options. If you were injured through no fault of your own at a construction site in New Jersey, contact us at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost evaluation of your potential claim.