On the morning of Feb. 5, PSE&G dispatched an electrical worker to the Thomas and Appleton roads area in Glen Ridge. They had been receiving numerous calls from their customers with complaints regarding an outage in that area, according to a PSE&G spokesperson. The worker found a blown fuse and requested assistance from a second worker in finding the cause.
With an increasing number of jobs offering telecommuting options, the potential for home office injuries leads to questions about whether such incidents would be eligible for coverage under workers' compensation. Interestingly, a few cases across the United States have resulted in the provision of workers' compensation benefits to employeeswho were injured while taking advantage of the opportunity to work from home.
New Jersey provides workers' compensation benefits to individuals who have been harmed or injured at or due to their jobs. This compensation includes coverage of medical care, up to 70 percent of lost wages due to recovery time and may also include monetary awards if someone is disabled as a result of their injury.
In December 2013, a temporary worker at a New Jersey bottling plant was injured after falling from a ladder. The incident resulted in a number of fines levied against the bottling company and a temporary worker agency by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.