Worker Dies after Falling from Boom Lift in New Jersey Construction Accident

By workinjury on June 22, 2012

According to a news report posted on Newsday.com, a Northern New Jersey construction accident resulted in the death of one worker. The fatal NJ workplace accident occurred in the morning in Secaucus, New Jersey, off of Meadowlands Parkway, where construction was underway on an apartment complex.

The 34-year-old construction worker from Clifton, New Jersey was 45 feet above the ground in the basket of a boom lift when the base of the lift tipped over, ejecting him. He fell and landed on the roadway. The worker was pronounced dead soon after at Hackensack University Medical Center. Meadowlands Parkway was closed for most of the day after the accident.

Some of the most common types of accidents in the construction industry are falls, which are often caused by defective equipment, inadequate posting of or guarding against access to hazardous conditions, and/or the creation of those conditions themselves.

In the referenced accident, the lift may have tipped over because of a number of reasons including equipment failure or defects, and/or the lift being operated in light of a “hazard” at the construction site (e.g., a hole in the pavement or uneven pavement). If so, the lift’s manufacturer and/or the property owner and general contractors may all be held liable for the wrongful death of the worker.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal New Jersey construction accident caused by defective machinery or other third party negligence, the dedicated NJ construction accident lawyers at Blume Forte can help you determine the best course of action for your potential claim. For a no-cost consultation, call us at (973) 635-5400.

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