If you have suffered a work injury, you likely have many questions:
A report released on March 16 by Fight for 15, a labor campaign developed by Service Employees International Union, may be of concern for fast food workers and labor unions in New Jersey. According to the report, McDonald's has an issue with workplace burns, the treatments of burns with condiments and insufficient first aid kits and safety equipment. The document alleges that McDonald's workers in 19 cities have made complaints of burns and workplace injuries resulting from under staffing and pressure from supervisors to work faster. The organization admits to bias against McDonald's as it has been trying to push for unions and an increase in wages for employees at McDonald's.
The loss of 40 minutes to an hour of sleep on the night of daylight saving time can have an impact on employees' ability to stay safe at work. In 2015, daylight saving time fell on March 8 at 2 a.m. Although there are no numbers available on daylight saving time related workplace injuries for 2015, data from previous years shows that there is a noticeable increase in workplace accidents in New Jersey and across the United States during the days following daylight saving time.
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.
Two employees were injured by an explosion that occurred at a store in New Jersey on Feb. 6. The incident happened around 7 a.m. on Route 46. All traffic in the area was shut down, and authorities reportedly had the fire under control by 8 a.m. The building was located at the 600 block of Route 46 near Exit 154 northbound for the Garden State Parkway. The supply store explosion was caused by oxygen employees were using to fill cylinders.
At around 9 a.m. on Nov. 3, a man in New Jersey was killed by a falling tape measure. The work site accident occurred while the victim was delivering some sheet rock to a construction project in downtown Jersey City. When a tape measure weighing one pound fell off of a worker's belt 50 stories up, the item ricocheted off some construction equipment before fatally striking the 58-year-old man in the head.
State police say that a maintenance employee died in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike on July 10 while removing a piece of tire from the highway. The traffic accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. in Kearny.
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.