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New Jersey Workers' Compensation Blog

This miraculous table saw technology will save your fingers

No matter how safe and attentive you try to be, a serious table saw accident could happen to you at any time if you regularly use a saw on the job. However, a miraculous new saw technology could save you from losing fingers in the event of a slip-up. "SawStop" is a special technology that will instantly stop the blade of a saw as soon as the device forms an electrical contact with your finger.

SawStop blades have an electrical signal in them. The SawStop safety system is constantly monitoring this signal. If your skin accidentally makes contact with the saw blade, it causes a conduction to occur through the skin sending an instantaneous signal to the safety system to engage. The blade immediately locks and stops moving.

How can I stay safe while using a table saw?

Table saws are dangerous and they account for numerous worker injuries in New Jersey. One false move and you can lose a finger, a hand or even an arm while using a table saw to cut items for your job. However, if you follow the safety tips in this article, there's a good chance that you can stay safe and avoid many types of serious table saw injuries.

Table saw tips that will help you stay injury free:

  • Use your safety equipment: If you're cutting items with a table saw, your eyes are at risk of getting hit with debris, and safety goggles are a must. Also, use hearing protection to prevent hearing loss, and wear appropriate clothes.
  • Keep your work area clean: Don't let wood cutoffs pile up and be sure to take care of excessive sawdust.
  • Are the safety features working? Check the guard on the saw, and be sure that anti-kickback pieces are working properly.
  • Use your outfeed table or stand: It's important to position an additional table or stand when you're cutting very large items. This will keep them stable while cutting.
  • Disconnect power when changing blades: The last thing you want to do is accidentally turn on your saw when you're changing a blade. Double-check that power is disconnected before working on the device.
  • Never start the saw while the blade is engaged: If the blade is touching your wood, don't ever turn it on. Remove your wood from the blade, and then turn it on.

Prevent electrocution risks on the job

If you work with electricity, you're bound to get shocked sooner or later. It's just the nature of the business. Maybe you are connecting two wires and you forgot to switch off the breaker, and you soon find out the error of your ways.

Most electrical shocks are relatively harmless. However, when you're working around electricity in a professional capacity on a regular basis, the risk of death and serious injury is always there.

What kind of scaffold caused your construction injury?

If you've been in the construction business for a while, you've probably seen, erected and used a lot of different kinds of scaffolds. When it comes to scaffold related injuries, and pursuing compensation for those injuries, the type of scaffold that hurt you matters. Also, the stage of scaffold use at the time of the injury matters.

First, let's do a quick review of the different types of scaffolds that might be used in the New Jersey construction industry. These include:

  • Coupler scaffolds
  • System scaffolds
  • Tube and coupler scaffolds
  • Mobile scaffolds
  • Fabricated frame scaffolds
  • Suspended scaffolds

Can I get workers' compensation death benefits?

Workers' compensation death benefits are intended to financially help family members of workers who died on the job. The people who can receive death benefits related to a deceased worker are usually children, spouses and dependent family members.

In most cases, the only people who can get death benefits must be related to the deceased worker by marriage or blood, and they must have have been financially dependent on the worker for their living expenses. Spouses are automatically presumed to be qualifying dependents who can receive death benefits. Children under the age of 18 are also automatically considered in most cases, as are adult and minor children with mental or physical disabilities.

File a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome

You might think that a typical office job is virtually free of dangers, but you can get seriously hurt while sitting at a desk typing all day. The injuries don't relate to accidents when you're sitting at a desk, they relate to lack movement and repetitive use. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is a condition that could render you completely incapable of using a mouse and keyboard -- possibly preventing you from being able to perform your job duties.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel tend to start gradually. You'll first feel a tingling or numbness in your thumb, middle finger and index finger. That feeling may come and go. You might also experience discomfort in your palm or wrist.

Can I qualify for wage replacement benefits?

When you get hurt on the job, you might need to take some time off work to get medical care and fully recover from your injuries. In most cases, New Jersey workers can file workers' compensation claim to get financial assistance to pay for their medical care. Did you know -- if you need to spend an extended time away from work recovering from injuries -- that you can pursue wage replacement benefits too?

The New Jersey workers' compensation system is designed for the benefit of employees who sacrifice time with their families and their general enjoyment of life to go to work day in and day out. Indeed, workers give up a lot to generate profits and perform labor-intensive services for their employers. As a community, the least we can do is create a safety net for workers -- so that when they're injured on the job -- they can get the medical care they need. This safety net should also compensate workers so they can stay financially afloat while they're too hurt to perform their job duties.

Did your loved one die on the job?

Any New Jersey spouse is lucky to have a husband and wife who diligently goes to work every day to help make financial ends meet. However, some jobs come with a high level of risk. Although you might not want to think about it -- if your spouse works in construction, as a driver, or as a firefighter or police officer -- your spouse could be facing very real and present dangers every single day.

What will happen if your spouse doesn't come home one day? How will you make financial ends meet? Fortunately, if you're facing a difficult situation like this, the one saving grace is that you and your family might be able to receive workers' compensation death benefits.

Recovering from construction injuries with legal assistance

With a wide variety of construction projects, New Jersey is home to several instances and types of work site injuries. Slips and falls on scaffolds and roofs can lead to catastrophic back, neck and limb injuries. Construction equipment such as cranes, cement mixers and haul trucks hold dangers made worse by untrained or inattentive operators.

Repetitive stress injuries, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, are also common among construction workers and support staff that are otherwise safe from harm. If you have been injured while working on a New Jersey construction project, you may be eligible for benefits that cover your medical expenses and lost income.

What should I know about tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a common injury in New Jersey workplaces that involve repetitive motion. When the same movement is repeated over and over again, it doesn't even matter if it's a soft or hard motion. It can cause a repetitive use injury.

Interestingly, 50 percent of all athletic-caused injuries happen as a result of repetitive motion injuries. Actions like tossing a basketball, jogging, cleaning a floor, typing, sanding, painting, cleaning -- you name it -- can all lead to repetitive use conditions.

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