The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spends a lot of money, and not all of it is related to transportation — or even to the ports themselves. Now, following the infamous George Washington Bridge scandal, some of that spending is coming under fire.

But how does anyone decide what the Port Authority should and shouldn’t spend money on? After all, the Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal and the Port of New York and New Jersey are among the busiest shipping hubs in the world. The commerce that flows through them affects much of the surrounding area.

Unquestionably, both states have benefitted from the Authority’s expenditures, which have helped to build community and fund essential services. The Authority is also responsible for One World Trade Center, obviously of tremendous national importance. But still, the state’s resources for funding are not unlimited — and the bridge incident raises legitimate questions about their stewardship.

However the debate over Port Authority spending plays out, as Morris County personal injury lawyers, we want to make sure that one key piece isn’t left out of the puzzle: the safety of the thousands of port workers who keep our economy afloat.

New York and Jersey Port Authority Workers Face Personal Injury

From forklift drivers and ferry operators to dockworkers, electricians, and engineers, New Jersey’s port personnel provide important services, often with a high degree of risk. In fact, the Port Authority is one of New Jersey’s largest employers, and the state should do all it can to protect them.

Among the injuries and conditions most likely to affect port authority workers are:

  • Electrocution
  • Slips and falls (or falls from tall heights)
  • Equipment-related injuries
  • Man-made or natural disasters
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Unsecured premises
  • Inadequate training
  • Failure of port management to properly oversee or respond
  • Unenforced safety regulations
  • Other personal injuries related to negligence

Fighting for Port Authority Workers in New Jersey

While we applaud the thoughtful discussion and debate surrounding the state’s budget, we hope that the necessary funds will be allocated to ensure the safety of our Port Authority workers.

At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we’re dedicated to fighting for the rights of New Jersey’s injured employees. Whether you live or work in Newark, Teterboro, Hasbrouck Heights, Atlantic City, Elizabeth, or any of the Port Authority’s other locations in New Jersey, we’re here to help. In fact, our Morris County personal injury law firm represents injured workers across the entire state of New Jersey.

The Port Authority is an important lifeline for the New Jersey economy, and its many workers are absolutely invaluable. They help us all put bread on our family’s table. Let’s make sure we help them out too.

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