At Blume Forte, our dedicated and experienced New Jersey industrial accident lawyers have helped many injured workers receive additional compensation for loss of future wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, job retraining, and future life care expenses.
Common industrial accidents that can cause injury or death of workers include machinery accidents, industrial explosions, electrocution accidents and chemical exposure. It is the responsibility of supervisors, contractors and sub-contractors to implement and utilize available and well-recognized safety standards and regulations in order to provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees. Likewise, they are also responsible for properly training employees how to do their jobs and what safety procedures to follow. Unfortunately, this task is not always given the time and attention it needs, as focus often turns to profits and completing rushed or overdue projects.
When a worker suffers an industrial injury in New Jersey, he is entitled to workers compensation benefits, which include the payment of medical expenses and disability pay for time lost from work. Worker's compensation, however, is not the only option a worker has as an industrial accident victim. We can also advise you on whether or not a third party contractor, landowner, or industrial equipment manufacturer and distributor is also responsible for your accident and injuries.
Industrial explosions not only put workers at risk of severe burn injuries and chemical exposure, but also endanger communities in areas surrounding an industrial plant, factory, manufacturing or construction site. After an industrial explosion, evacuation zones are often implemented within a mile radius or more of the explosion site, where the damage is most severe. Industrial explosions have affected multiple industries including food processing, chemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, brewing, and similar product manufacturing and distribution businesses.
When handling a variety of chemicals and machines within a confined space while manufacturing or transporting products, a New Jersey industrial explosion may occur if proper safety and handling procedures are not followed. Contractors, and sometimes employers, are responsible for thoroughly training workers to properly handle combustible dusts and gases as well as other sensitive materials and chemicals. Unfortunately, some choose to overlook safety in the name of profits, or neglect to follow-through on safety regulations and procedures well after training has been completed. Sometimes, workers are at fault for simply failing to follow well-established safety protocols.
Industrial explosions can occur for a variety of reasons, such as the unintentional ignition of combustible gases and dusts, the rupture of pressure vessels, and unanticipated chemical reactions. There have been industrial explosions caused by propane tanks used to fuel forklifts and other vehicles that have leaked, caught fire, and exploded. Industrial explosions can also result from a variety of industrial procedures, which can occur when rebuilt motors are immersed under pressure to make them water tight, or where automated machines malfunction due to defective parts. Poor and inadequate ventilation, especially when gases and other chemicals are being used or stored is also often the cause of an industrial explosion.
Industrial explosions, no matter the cause, can lead to building collapse, and subsequent brain injury, paralysis, fractures, and even death from impact or suffocation. Vapor explosions can lead to severe burn injuries, internal organ damage, disfigurement, and even death in some cases. Workers may also suffer hearing loss from an industrial explosion, as well as other disabilities that must be coped with over a lifetime. Many of these preventable injuries require multiple surgeries, expensive medication, years of medical attention and rehabilitation.
If you have been injured in an industrial accident or explosion, it is important that you be aware of all your legal rights. At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our experienced New Jersey workplace accident attorneys have been helping workers receive compensation for years for their medical bills, loss of wages, physical pain and suffering, vocational rehabilitation, job training. For more information, contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 635-5400.
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