A preliminary report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics last month showed that fatal work injuries in New Jersey declined from 102 in 2013 to 85 in 2014. It is the lowest number of work injury deaths since 2010. Not surprisingly, the construction industry had the largest number of work fatalities in New Jersey in both 2013 and 2014.
The report also provided the following data:
- 35% of the workers who died from workplace injuries in New Jersey were Hispanic or Latino.
- In 2014, there were 35 fatal injuries in New Jersey related to roadway and off-road vehicle accidents compared to 37 transportation related worker fatalities in 2013 (though the number from 2014 is not final).
- In 2014, there were 24 fatalities due to slips and falls, compared to 16 in 2013.
- 60% New Jersey workers who died in work related accidents were 45 or older.
Even though the number of fatal work injuries in NJ decreased in 2014, the data also showed that fatal work injuries in the United States increased to 4,679 in 2014 from 4,585 in 2013. There is still a need for employers to provide safe workplaces for their workers pursuant to OSHA regulations.
In addition, the report showed that there was an increase in fatalities across the country in construction industries due to the fact that there has been an increase in construction jobs.
Common on the job accident and injuries that result in fatalities include:
- falls from heights, e.g., a roofer falls from a roof at a NJ construction site due to lack of a personal fall arrest system,
- forklift accidents, e.g., a worker is run over by a forklift at a construction site, and
- electric shock accidents, e.g., a worker performing work near an overhead line accidentally comes into contact with it.
In the last several years, OSHA has been enforcing outreach campaigns in the construction industry to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities, such as the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which inspects employers who have demonstrated indifference to OSHA regulations.
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Who is Liable for Construction Site Accidents?
At any given construction site, there are often multiple contractors and companies working on the site. Therefore, multiple parties could be liable, such as:
- subcontractors, and
- product manufacturers.
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*Source: www.northjersey.com (NJ fatal work injuries declined in 2014)