Along with death and taxes, work is something in this world that is certain for most people. But work shouldn’t be a hazardous nor life-threatening. An average of 13 workers die on the job every day, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thousands of workers, especially those employed in dangerous jobs like firefighters, police officers, construction workers, truck drivers, loggers, and roofers, remain at risk.
In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which has steadily improved safety and health conditions in the workplace. OSHA continues to monitor work site safety, fining companies and businesses in violation of its terms.
4,690 employees were killed on the job and 11.4 million suffered from work-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. The cost of job injuries and illnesses is enormous—estimated at $250 billion to $300 billion a year. The risk of fatalities and injuries varies from state to state. In 2010, 110,000 workers were injured in New Jersey and 78 were killed.
If you have been injured in a New Jersey work accident or occupational exposure you may need to hire a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney in order to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. Additionally, those who have lost loved ones because of a work related accident or condition may need to consult with a Morristown workers’ comp lawyer in order to receive dependent benefits.
New Jersey Workers’ Compensation attorney Manfred Ricciardelli can assist you with all your NJ Workers’ Comp needs. For more information on work-related injuries, you can contact us at (973) 285-1100.