When fire occurs at the workplace it has the potential of being a deadly event. The employees at the Marcal paper factory in Elmwood Park were very lucky the other morning.
Firefighters were called to put out a blaze that started outside the paper factory in an exterior storage area the other morning; they were able to keep it from reaching inside the building. The company used the storage area to keep recycled bales of paper.
To prevent a fire from occurring, employees and employers should be prepared to take special precautions to prevent a lethal outcome.
As with all other areas of health and safety in the workplace, a thorough risk assessment of potential fire hazards should be carried out prior to devising and implementing a fire safety strategy.
There are safety tips to make your workplace safer and it is important that everyone on the premises participate to ensure a safe work environment, including:
- An evacuation plan – All employees should familiarize themselves with it. Conduct drills to make sure everyone knows where the exits are located and how to exit safely.
- Familiarize yourself with the location of fire alarms and extinguishers and learn how to use them both.
- Be conscientious and encourage safe office practices, such as keeping room around electrical and computer equipment, unplugging the coffee pot when not in use, smoking in designated smoking areas, and checking for frayed wires.
The fire began before thick fog shrouded the area and made driving dangerous; however, responders did face icy conditions, but it didn’t slow the response down at all.
No employees at the paper factory were injured. The fire was mostly under control within 30 minutes.
When you are injured, it’s a stressful time, especially when the injuries are the result of another person’s negligence or actions. At the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, our job is to help those who have been injured receive the compensation they are entitled to. We will work diligently to ensure negligent property owners are held accountable for the fire and injuries their negligence has caused.
Contact us at one of our offices located in Bergen County, New Jersey or New York City.