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Workers' Compensation Archives

Factory work and employee safety

New Jersey workers whose average work days consist of long office hours and desk duties may not understand the inherent hazards found in other industries. While an accident can occur at any time and in any setting, work in fields such as construction and manufacturing present significant dangers upon every shift. New Jersey employees who feel their work environment is not safe have rights to make complaints to employers, and ultimately make change.

OSHA faced with inspector shortage under Trump

40 inspectors for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been removed through attrition in President Trump's first year in office. This is due to the president's larger efforts to slow the growth of the federal workforce, which have led so far to the removal of 16,000 of its permanent workers. While New Jersey was not hit hard by the decrease in OSHA inspectors, the southeastern region is. 

Snow removal safety tips for workers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging workers in New Jersey and other states to take precautions when removing snow this winter. According to the agency, snow removal has led to several workplace injuries and deaths in recent years.

Meat and poultry industry in need of worker safety improvements

The meat and poultry industry has one of the highest injury rates among workers, and anyone associated with this field in New Jersey will want to know about a recent report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO has stated that better communication between federal agencies like OSHA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service may help improve worker safety conditions.

Working safely in the cold weather

Cold air, wind and moisture can all have an adverse impact on a worker's health. Therefore, New Jersey employers should look out for their workers during the wintertime and provide them with the resources necessary to stay warm. For instance, employees should be provided with hats, gloves and liners to place under their hats. They should also be provided with shelter and warm drinks after spending time in cold weather conditions.

Warehouse worker dies in fall from forklift

Warehouse workers in New Jersey and throughout the country should be trained on forklifts if they are driving or working around them. They should also have the right safety and fall protection equipment to allow them to be lifted to high shelves. These were among the conclusions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after investigating a warehouse accident in which a worker was killed.

Study shows problems with safety reporting

Injury reporting at sustainable organizations in New Jersey and around the country is deficient, according to a report. Companies use many different report formats, terms, definitions and data collection and reporting methodologies, making it difficult for researchers to obtain an accurate picture of workplace safety.

Mine safety association launches prevention program

New Jersey workers who are employed in the mining industry may be interested to learn that the Mine Safety and Health Administration stated that it planned to re-launch a preventive outreach program. This particular program, called the Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program, aims to expand awareness regarding roof and rib fall hazards.

Summer jobs can lead to work injuries for teens

Summer in New Jersey usually leads to extra work for many teenagers who get summer jobs, but that can also mean an increase in work injuries for young people. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, workers under the age of 24 made up 13 percent of the country's workforce in 2015. In that year, 403 young workers died as a result of work-related injuries.

Improving workplace safety signs

New Jersey employers may know that major updates have been made to the traditional oval "DANGER" signs that are common throughout workplaces. The newer signs that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration encourages all workplaces to use have more in-depth information that could further reduce the risk of workplace injuries or fatalities.

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