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School Bus Safety Violations

Parents send their children off to school each day on school buses that they trust are well maintained and safe, but last year in New Jersey, over 20,000 school buses, vans, and cars were taken out of service for failing to pass their bi-annual safety inspection. Over 6,000 other school buses and vehicles were given 30 days to fix problems that caused them to fail their safety inspection. New Jersey mandates that school buses and other vehicles that transport children to and from schools are to be inspected twice a year using a 180-point safety checklist.  Vehicles that fail to pass these safety inspections are taken off the road immediately. Any buses with problems in the steering mechanisms, brake systems, » Read More

Fatal Fall from Warehouse in Piscataway Claims Man’s Life

A fatal fall claimed the life of a 20-year-old roofer in Piscataway, New Jersey. On Sunday morning, around 8:25 am, the man fell 60 feet from the roof of a warehouse that was under construction. OSHA will investigate the construction accident. Some industries like construction are notoriously known for the dangerous work that employees perform. While many construction workers are aware of the hazards associated with their jobs, it is the responsibility of their employers to ensure that work sites are free from danger and that management and staff practice safety tactics on a regular basis. When construction accidents occur, employees are at-risk for developing personal injuries or even fatalities. If you or someone you love sustained personal injuries in » Read More

Head-on Collision Fatally Injures Jersey City Firefighter

Early on Thursday morning, a head-on collision fatally injured an off-duty firefighter and left three other victims with personal injuries. Around 2 am, the accident occurred in Jersey City, New Jersey when a driver collided with the car that the firefighter and three other individuals occupied. The firefighter was a passenger in the car that was hit, and the other victims are receiving treatment at the Jersey City Medical Center. Collisions take place more frequently during the early morning or late-night hours because visibility decreases. Drowsy driving may also be a factor in overnight accidents, and could lead to personal injuries or even fatalities in a crash. When the accident is a head-on collision, oftentimes the results are dire. If » Read More

Point Pleasant Construction Accident Fatality

The recent death of a construction worker who fell off the roof of an elementary school where he was working was a stark reminder of the risks construction workers face in their daily line of work. The 39-year old Point Pleasant man fell 30 feet from the roof of the school to his death. Police and emergency medical workers tried to revive the injured man, but he succumbed to his injuries as pronounced by a nearby hospital. The job site was closed following the construction accident pending a full investigation by OSHA officials. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., claiming the lives of almost 1,000 workers » Read More

Why Traffic Circles May Be Safer

Opinions about whether traffic circles are safer than traditional stop-sign or signal-controlled intersections vary widely. According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), they are. In fact, that study showed that at intersections where stop signs or traffic signals used for traffic control were replaced with traffic circles, also called roundabouts, there was a 75 percent reduction in injury-related crashes. Additional studies by the IIHS and the Federal Highway Administration have also shown that roundabouts usually achieve the following: A 37 percent reduction in overall collisions A 90 percent reduction in fatal car accidents A 40 percent reduction in pedestrian accidents Why are roundabouts safer? Below are a few reasons: Lower travel speeds: Speeds in » Read More

Chain Reaction Crash Traps Man in Car in Toms River

A chain reaction crash, involving three different vehicles, occurred in Toms River, New Jersey around 7 am on Monday morning. The accident began when a minivan, driven by a 34-year-old woman, hit a sedan. After the initial impact, the 32-year-old man from Seaside Park, New Jersey, who was driving the sedan, slammed into the SUV of a 32-year-old man from Brick, New Jersey. The sedan driver became trapped in his car after the chain reaction crash, and required first responders to extricate him from the car. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of head injuries. Many times, after one accident occurs between two vehicles, other collisions may follow for various reasons. Distracted driving, speeding, or reckless driving » Read More

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