Construction work in Essex County, New Jersey, is on the rise, showing signs that the state is recovering from last year’s economic troubles. The rise in construction makes it easier for construction workers to find work within the county and the larger tri-state area. However, with the rise in construction work, more people are at risk of getting hurt on the job.
Just a one hour drive from Essex County, New Jersey, in Queens, seven construction workers were injured on the job after a crane collapsed at the site of a 25-story apartment building. Witnesses report seeing cables whipping around and hearing metal buckling before the crane collapsed and destroyed the building’s framework. Three of the construction site accident victims were trapped by the crane and had to be freed from beneath the equipment. According to the Deputy Fire Chief, none of the work accident victims suffered life-threatening injuries and were at most suffering from broken bones.
City engineers from the Department of Building are investigating the cause of the construction site accident, along with the construction company overseeing the site. The injured workers will be needing workers’ compensation for their medical treatment.
Residents of Essex County may be aware that construction site accidents involving heavy equipment can lead to permanent disability or death. Work accident victims may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which can cover medical expenses and lost wages for work accident victims.
Essex County workers injured on the job may face difficulties filing for workers’ compensation claims on their own for injuries sustained at construction site accidents, which often require expensive medical treatments and therapies. Getting the right information may assist victims of construction site accidents with handling claims and receiving benefits, as well as helping to maximize the compensation awarded.
Source: Boston.com, “NYC crane collapses at construction site; 7 hurt,” Deepti Hajela, Jan. 9, 2013