Well, it's almost officially over. Labor Day is fast upon us, and with that, one last time to go down the shore before school starts. Traffic is always an issue if you're heading to the ocean. But as a resident of New Jersey, you know holiday weekends are the craziest. And with more cars on the road, there is more of an opportunity for vehicles accidents: car, truck, motorcycle and moped.
OSHA safety inspectors routinely identify problems that contribute to workplace accidents in New Jersey and around the country. Frequently, employers have the resources to prevent accidents but choose to make decisions based on short-term profits instead of long-term safety and productivity. A machine shop that skimps on training represents an informative example of a harmful disregard for worker safety.
New Jersey residents may have heard about some of the amusement park accidents that have occurred this summer. The fatal accident at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City has made big headlines, and authorities are still investigating why a 10-year-old boy died on the world's tallest water slide. In another amusement park accident, a 6-year-old boy sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee. These accidents occur at amusement parks all the time, though they may not always make the news.
Some New Jersey motorists are likely among the 83.6 million nationwide who get behind the wheel each day while sleep-deprived. According to a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association, about 5,000 deaths each year can be attributed to drowsy driving. The annual cost without taking property damage into account is estimated to be $109 billion.
Construction work is a dangerous and demanding occupation, not only because of the hazards involved, but also because of soaring temperatures that can lead to a heat stroke or even death. Therefore, New Jersey construction companies should make safety education a priority.
New Jersey is one of about a dozen states that has no fault laws relating to motor vehicle accidents and insurance. This means your sources for recovering damages from the accident are more limited. When a New Jersey driver gets into an accident, he or she must first seek to recover damages from his or her auto insurance policy. New Jersey drivers are legally required to carry auto insurance that insures themselves against damages and injuries resulting from an auto accident. There are a restricted number of situations -- in which certain statutory conditions must first be met -- when drivers are permitted to recover non-economic damages. If certain requirements are met, injured drivers may file a personal injury claim against the other driver for damages caused by the other driver's negligence.
Business owners in New Jersey and around the country are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their facilities are safe for both workers and visitors. Employees will usually file workers' compensation claims if they are injured while on the job, but vendors, customers, and even trespassers may sue. While liability insurance will generally cover the damages awarded in lawsuits filed by visitors, business owners could greatly reduce their chances of facing litigation by putting effective safety policies into place.