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New Jersey CEO pleads guilty to workers' compensation fraud

Recently, the head of a Trenton-based construction company pleaded guilty to stealing more than $450,000 in worker's compensation-related money. The man was charged with two counts of second degree theft by deception. Specifically, he was charged with sending false information to the worker's compensation insurance carrier for his company.

New Jersey worker awarded compensation after third injury

The city of Paterson, New Jersey, recently awarded a $275,000 workers' compensation settlement to a public works employee. The employee had sustained workplace injuries on three separate occasions. In the first accident, the employee complained that he had hurt his lower back while lifting a garbage can. The second incident occurred when the worker allegedly injured his arm when the truck he was riding in backed into another vehicle, and he accidentally hit his arm on the truck's side-view mirror. The third incident occurred in a similar manner as the first when the worker strained his lower back lifting a barrel. The Paterson City Council approved the settlement.

Fatal Dump Truck Crash Causes Snag in N.J. traffic

When a loved one dies in a workplace accident, the financial consequences to the survivors can be devastating. A New Jersey family may be dealing with this issue now. A recent dump truck crash on the New Jersey turnpike killed the dump truck's driver and caused massive delays to local traffic. The accident occurred when the driver accidentally veered into a barrier beneath a freeway overpass. According to police investigators, the accident may have been caused by a tire blow-out. The truck hit a barrier on the side of the road and turned over, sliding across the road and starting on fire. As a result of the crash, the truck caught fire, and the driver's body was so badly burned that a police autopsy had to be performed before the man could be publicly identified. Fortunately, nobody else was hurt and no other vehicles were damaged as a result of the accident.

New Jersey calls for monitoring of workers' comp claims

Recently, the state comptroller for New Jersey made a statement calling for increased awareness of the potential for wasting taxpayer money on fraudulent worker's compensation claims. Specifically, the statement called for increased scrutiny of third party companies that are hired by state and local governments to administer workers' compensation claims.

Court in New Jersey rejects workers' compensation stress claim

Employed individuals may be interested to know of a recent decision made by a New Jersey court. A former employee of a bank brought a claim regarding workers' compensation disability benefits. She asserted that she was suffering from a psychological illness in connection with her employment. This was eventually struck down by the court.

2 warehouse accidents in Middlesex County leave workers injured

South Brunswick police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating two industrial accidents in Middlesex County that left two men seriously injured. The workplace accidents occurred in separate warehouses on April 21 in South Brunswick.

Can my boss make me lie about a workplace injury?

We've all seen in the news lately that the New Jersey legislature is trying to lure internet retailer Amazon to the state with millions of dollars in tax breaks. Amazon has dangled its plans to spend $130 million on the development and construction of distribution centers and create 1,500 full-time jobs in the Northeast. New Jersey and our neighboring states are all trying to sweeten the pot to win the heart of America's No. 1 online store.

2 construction workers hit on New Jersey Turnpike

New Jersey residents know that construction sites can be dangerous places, and many worksite accidents are preventable if employers and workers take the proper precautions. But sometimes the very location of a worksite can place workers in more danger than members of the general public. For example, when construction workers are working near or on a roadway, the constant flow of traffic presents a continuous risk of personal injury for the workers who have to remain there, doing their jobs.

OSHA says New Jersey linen company unsafe for workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totalling $126,875 for a New Jersey linen rental company. OSHA says the company, Gemtex Inc., committed 37 serious and 11 other-than-serious health and safety violations. OSHA inspected the Palmyra facility after receiving a referral from New Jersey's Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program.

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