Workers in New Jersey are protected by standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal department charged with monitoring workplace safety across the country. The department maintains specific rules and regulations to keep dangerous areas of workplaces as safe as possible. It has recently supplemented existing standards that govern safe professional conduct in enclosed areas, with the new ones specifically targeting active construction sites.
A New Jersey Comcast worker was killed on the job on the morning of Feb. 5. The man suffered from the fatal injury in Glen Ridge. According to a spokeswoman for the electric services company Public Service Enterprise Group, two electrical workers found the Comcast worker after they were sent to the area to try to fix a power outage.
Generally speaking, a worker cannot sue his or her employer after being injured on the job. As FindLaw.com explains, that’s because most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which is in place to compensate the injured workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency tasked with making sure workers in America are kept safe. One way the agency does this is by keeping track of serious accidents that occur on the job.
Generally, if you were injured in the course of your employment in New Jersey, then you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation insurance shields employers from injury lawsuits filed by employees. However, if negligence on the part of a third-party -- for example, a tool manufacturer or another company working on a construction site -- caused the injury, then the injured worker can sue the third party for damages.