Worker at 4Over Trade Printing Plant In Moonachie Lost Three Fingertips In Accident With Machinery
BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (September 14, 2021) – A worker at the 4Over Trade Printing plant on State Street was injured in an industrial accident with a piece of machinery.
Bergen County police officials are saying that the industrial accident took place around 3:00 a.m. on Monday. A police officer arrived at 4Over Trade Printing plant and noticed a 31-year-old victim walking out.
The victim was holding his hand and the tips of his ring, middle and index finger were all severed. The worker went on to explain that he was injured by a piece of machinery.
Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad transported the worker to the Hackensack University Medical Center. OSHA is currently conducting an investigation into what may have caused the accident.
Liability In Moonachie Industrial Accidents
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 5,000 workers are killed every year on average. Tens of thousands more are seriously injured. OSHA lists falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions and caught-in between accidents as the leading causes of worker injury and death. But machines can also pose a very serious hazard for workers, especially when they aren’t adequately trained. There are a number of steps that companies can take to help keep workers safe around machinery.
- Machine guards should not be removed.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be provided for workers.
- Machine operators should be given adequate training.
- Maintenance schedules should be followed.
- Workers should stay clear of loading and unloading zones.
When a worker is injured in New Jersey they will typically have recourse through the state’s worker’s compensation system. Worker’s compensation in New Jersey is a no-fault insurance program that can help workers when they’ve been injured on the job. Benefits through the program can help cover medical bills and lost wages. Depending on the specific facts of any case an injured worker may be able to seek support through a third party liability claim.
A third party liability claim in New Jersey may be possible when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident. For example, if a mechanic for one company was doing work at another company and was injured due to a defect with that company’s premises that could form the basis of a third party liability claim. According to multiple court rulings in New Jersey, property owners must provide a reasonably safe environment for invitees. They must correct hazardous conditions, or, when is prudent to do so, warn invitees of the dangers of an unsafe condition.
An unsafe condition could be created by a company if they fail to maintain machinery or leave it in such a condition that it is likely to injure workers. For example, a company could be liable for failing to warn workers about a machine’s unguarded chain or saw and for violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Machine entrapment injuries are nearly always preventable when (1) heavy machinery are properly guarded and (2) when workers are trained how to use the proper lockout/tagout procedures. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any workplace accident.
- Workers should seek medical care and properly document bills that accrue.
- Workers should notify their employer as soon as possible.
- An experienced personal injury attorney should be consulted.
Workers in New Jersey are protected by a number of laws. Any injured worker may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills, future lost wages and pain and suffering. It can be difficult to know where to begin after being seriously injured on the job. But an experienced personal injury attorney can speak with you about the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A 4Over Trade Printing Industrial Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the worker injured at 4Over Trade printing in Moonachie. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened so that similar incidents can be prevented.
This incident raises numerous safety concerns. Were the workers at this location given the proper training that they needed? Was the machine involved in this accident properly guarded? Could this incident have been prevented? Safety requirements are not a suggestion and workers are not expendable. Far too often, expeditious work is valued over the health and life of workers.