It's that time of year for reflection. We look back at what the year brought us here in Cherry Hill, across the nation and around the world, and try to assess how we all fared over the past 12 months. A recent newspaper editorial on workplace injuries in 2017 says it is time for the U.S. "to make a collective resolution to reverse numbers clearly heading in the wrong direction."
The fine leveled by the federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a New Jersey contractor is enough to get anyone's attention: $191,215. OSHA says DH Construction LLC has been allowing workers to use unsecured scaffolding that didn't have enough planks for proper flooring. The company was also cited for failing to provide adequate protection to its construction workers from falling objects.
A company that operates in New Jersey is facing $1.9 million in penalties from the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The violations are many, a total of 51 safety and health violations were cited.
For those employed in a variety of occupations, different hazards are present on the job. For example, construction workers in Cherry Hill and other parts of New Jersey may suffer an injury after falling, being struck by an object or electrocuted. In office spaces, wet floors may cause a worker to slip and sustain an injury, while repetitive stress could leave an employee unable to carry out their job responsibilities. Regardless of the field you work in, it is vital to watch out for potential risks and you may want to realize just how widespread work injuries are.
An attorney had a question regarding a Workers' Compensation Claim. Our Managing Partner answered the question and a Workers' Compensation judge in Mt. Holly praised his answer. Please see below, hopefully this will help other people as well.
NJSA 34:15-15 controls the provision of medical benefits available to an injured worker under the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act. This section of the statute provides that an injured employee is entitled to such medical treatment as is necessary to "cure and relieve" the injured worker from the compensable injuries. There is no definite time limit set for the medical treatment. The treatment is required to restore the function of the injured worker as completely as possible. When the authorized treating physicians determine that the injured worker has reached "maximum medical improvement" treatment generally ends.