The Trentonian reported that recently an employee at the Water Pollution Control (WPC) facility in the township of Hamilton, New Jersey was seriously injured in an electric shock accident while on the job.
According to the article, the worker was electrocuted when he turned the switch to a circuit breaker in attempting to restore power. The worker was rushed to a local hospital where he remained for over a week in serious condition. As a result of the New Jersey workplace injury accident, the worker sustained serious nerve damage to one of his arms and also lost sight in one of his eyes.
Following the workplace incident, state officials were sent to the facility to investigate whether WPC workers are trained properly on how to turn circuit breakers on and off. Many at the facility allege that the township had been aware for many years that there were problems with the facility’s circuit breakers and that this workplace accident could have been prevented.
There are state and federal laws in place to require employers to provide their workers a safe work environment that does not intentionally subject to them unnecessary hazards that could cause serious injury or death. When an employer knowingly puts workers in danger, they may be held legally responsible not only for workers compensation benefits, but also potentially damages resulting in a Third Party action.
Those injured while on the job in an accident caused by workplace negligence may have certain legal rights. The New Jersey work injury attorneys at Blume Forte have decades of experience handling workplace accident cases. Call 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation with one of our attorneys.