OSHA Cites Five Businesses After Employee Dies

Temporary workers can be placed in a variety of jobs, including dangerous ones. It is every employer’s job to make sure that temporary workers are properly trained on all equipment and in proper safety procedures.

A temporary worker was caught in a conveyor and crushed at an Amazon fulfillment center in Avenel, NJ. When the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a follow-up investigation, they cited the managing company, as well as four staffing companies that had provided workers for the facility.

When a temporary worker is assigned, both the staffing company and the business hosting him are responsible for his safety. If he is injured or killed, neither company can avoid liability.

Four staffing companies were cited after the incident for failing to assess the workplace for hazards before placing temporary workers there. As the agency placing them, the companies had a responsibility to make sure the facility was safe.

Amazon had contracted Genco, a third-party logistics provider, to run the facility and supervise the temporary workers. After their investigation, OSHA cited the managing company for failing to make sure the staffing companies performed a hazard assessment.

 

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Tractor Trailer Strikes Pedestrian in Bordentown

A 19-year-old man was killed after being hit by a tractor trailer as he walked along the highway in Bordentown, New Jersey. The young man was walking down Highway 206 when the truck struck him, and the driver immediately pulled into the Petro truck stop on Rising Sun Road and called the police. The authorities responded, but were too late to help the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into what caused the accident is still in progress.

Trucking accidents can be difficult, legally speaking. There can be multiple causes behind a collision. If the accident was caused by driver negligence, the victim’s family can sue for wrongful death. The cause could also be mechanical. If the brakes failed, the trucking company could be at fault for failing to maintain the truck properly, or the brake manufacturer could be at fault for a defective part. Even the crew who loaded the truck could be partly responsible, if they did not distribute the truck’s cargo evenly.

Until the cause of the crash is determined, there is no telling what legal actions may need to be taken. For now, we offer our condolences to the victim and his family.

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Who Is Responsible For Student Loan Debt Following a Divorce?

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that college students and alumni are now more in debt than ever because of student loans, with students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 having an outstanding loan balance of $29,400. Those with advanced degrees have even more.

This leaves some people facing an interesting question: Who is responsible for student loan debt following a divorce?

Really, it comes down to a number of factors, including income, premarital agreements and location. Typically, premarital debt is not divided. However, in New York (not in New Jersey), if the value of a license or degree is subject to Equitable Distribution, the debt will be deducted from the value of the degree.

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6,000 Gallons of Milk Spilt in Truck Accident

A tractor-trailer carrying 6,000 gallons of milk through Mahwah, New Jersey spilt its contents onto Route 287 on Monday, April 7, after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck accident occurred around 3:30 a.m., which leads some to consider the role fatigue may have had in the accident. Federal law mandates that truckers cannot work more than 14 hours a day, and only 11 of those 14 can be spent driving. In addition, there are limitations on the number of consecutive shifts a driver can work.

Despite federal regulations limiting truck drivers’ working hours, few tractor-trailers are equipped with electronic work logs. As such, it is difficult to be sure whether truck drivers are reporting accurate times.

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Drunk Truck Driver Nearly Engulfed In Flames

Most tractor-trailer accidents are caused by driver error. Furthermore, driver error is usually rooted in intoxication and fatigue. Quite recently, an intoxicated truck driver lost control of his vehicle in Bethlehem, New Jersey. His truck flipped and burst into flames. Due to the driver’s size and extreme intoxication, it took three police officers to extricate him from the vehicle. Thankfully no one else was harmed in the accident.

Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 20 times more than a standard sedan and are very difficult to maneuver in emergency situations. As such, accidents involving tractor-trailers are incredibly dangerous.

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Former Olympian Johnny Weir Involved in Bitter Divorce Battle

A picture of the constitutionFormer Olympic figure skater and color commentator Johnny Weir and his husband are involved in a tumultuous divorce battle.

According to NJ.com, the couple, who have reportedly vacated their Lyndhurst, N.J. home, have filed pleadings before the court disputing ownership of assets, personal property and custody of their pets. It has also been reported that the couple owns a fair amount of high-end personal property.

You should contact our Bergen County attorneys, who will protect you in manners of child custody and visitation, division of marital assets, alimony and child support and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, if you are thinking about divorcing your spouse.

Our family law offices in New York or New Jersey can be reached at 800-660-7843.

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Who Is Liable For A Truck Accident?

If you have been injured in a trucking accident, the truck driver is not the only party responsible for the damages. According to NBC 10, a car-carrier truck collided with a box truck on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel on Monday, March 10 in the early evening. Potential negligent parties in this accident could include the truck driver, the truck leasing company or the company shipping the product. It can be difficult to determine which party is liable after a truck accident, so consult an experienced truck accident attorney to guide you through the process.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, our Middlesex County injury attorneys can secure the full compensation that you deserve. The Spevack Law Firm was founded in 1928 and has been passed down through the generations from son to grandson. We have decades of experience defending innocent New Jersey residents from negligent corporations. For more information about how we can help in your particular case, contact our office today at (732) 636-3030.

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Black Ice Causes Tractor-Trailer Jackknifing Accident

Black ice is the thin transparent layer of ice above a road that looks like normal gravel from afar, but, in fact, is just as slippery as regular ice. As such, truck drivers often maintain normal speeds on black ice and subsequently lose control and jackknife when they try to turn or change lanes. Recently, a tour bus collided with a tractor-trailer that had jackknifed due to black ice, according to The Republican. However, the black ice is not to blame for the accident. Truck drivers are supposed to proceed with caution and assume that the road is frozen even if it does not look icy.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent truck driver, the Spevack Law Firm can help. Our Middlesex County injury attorneys have been defending car accident victims in New Jersey since 1928, so you can be sure that we will recover the full compensation that you deserve for your injuries. For more information, contact our office today at (732) 636-3030.

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