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Injury risks to construction workers in New Jersey

Construction workers in New Jersey are at daily risk for a wide range of injuries at their job sites. There are several ways to minimize these risks and improve safety; however, the risk of injury is never completely absent from this dangerous field.

If you are a construction worker in New Jersey, you should be aware of the risks you face in your daily work. You should also know how to proceed if you suffer an on-the-job injury. Here is some information that can help.

Construction workers face higher risks of injury

By its very nature, construction work exposes workers to a higher potential for injury when compared to other fields. In New Jersey, for example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were a total of 101 fatal injuries in 2016, with the highest number of fatal injuries - 20 - in the construction industry sector.

Luckily, many injuries at construction job sites are not fatal, but that does not mean they do not cause any less stress or suffering. Even repetitive stress injuries can qualify for compensation under specific conditions. No type of injury should be overlooked, and injured workers should seek the appropriate compensation for their injuries under state law if necessary.

Common injuries at construction sites

There are numerous hazards involved in this dangerous work:

  • Collapsed scaffolding
  • Electric shocks
  • Falling objects that can cause significant head trauma
  • Dangerous heavy equipment

Workers' compensation laws in New Jersey are complex and  often require the experience of a attorney who can help construction workers navigate the system. An attorney can help you understand your rights under the law and seek the appropriate amount of compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses and any other possible damages (such as compensation from a third-party lawsuit).

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