Employee Injured in Industrial Accident
A 29-year-old man was recently injured in an industrial accident in Hunterdon County. The man was working along a conveyor belt when his arm became caught up in the belt at the Vianini Pipe factory on County Line Road in Readington Township. His coworkers had extracted him from the belt before emergency personnel arrived, and had attempted to treat his injuries as best they could. Eventually, Readington Township police and Whitehouse emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident. The man’s left arm was seriously crushed, he had friction burns to his chest and shoulder, and his shoulder may have been dislocated. OSHA has been notified of the accident and may conduct an investigation.
Conveyor belt injuries are one of the most common types of injury experienced by industrial employees. The entry and exit points on industrial-level conveyor belts can be especially dangerous. While shields and guards can sometimes be installed to protect workers from possible injury by having clothes or limbs pulled into and crushed by rollers and belts, such safeguards may not be mandatory, and they aren’t always installed due to the additional expense and effort they require.
Immediately after an accident at work, it’s important to ensure that your employer knows about the injury and has generated an accident report to document details from the incident; it is important to follow all required steps to secure workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, there may be other sources of compensation as well. For instance, the conveyor belt that was the source of injury in this case may have been defective. New Jersey law holds product manufacturers liable for injuries caused by a product which was not reasonably fit, suitable or safe for its intended purpose due to a design defect, manufacturing defect or failure to contain adequate warnings or instructions.
Depending on the circumstances, you may have a products liability claim or other third-party negligence claim, even if the accident or injury occurred at work. If the maker of a defective product or other third party is responsible for a workplace injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries over and above what workers’ compensation provides in benefits. It’s worth talking to an experienced workplace and industrial accident attorney to determine all potential sources of compensation to help you achieve a maximum recovery under the law. In New Jersey, call the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs at 973-532-9681 for a free consultation on your claims.