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.
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.
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 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.
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.
New Jersey residents will likely know that working in the auto, steel and saw mill industries can be extremely dangerous, but they may be unaware that workers in chicken processing facilities are even more likely to be seriously injured in work-related accidents. Employers are required to report serious accidents and severe injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Employment Law Project looked at reports that were submitted in 2015 and 2016 to compile a list of America's most dangerous jobs.
Many New Jersey workplaces have confined spaces, like boilers, pipelines and holding tanks. These spaces are defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a space that is large enough for workers to fully enter and complete their task. However, employees who are required to complete tasks in confined spaces are at risk for injuries that can sometimes be fatal.
A rule that would have protected workers in New Jersey and throughout the country from exposure to silica dust starting in June has been pushed back to at least September and might be repealed altogether. The rule, signed by President Obama, would have reduced the amount of exposure workers could have to silica dust, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had predicted that it would save around 600 lives each year. Exposure to silica dust causes lung disease and lung cancer, and more than 2 million workers are exposed to it annually.
New Jersey farm workers may be aware that grain silos can be very hazardous. According to a recently released survey conducted by Purdue University, the number of grain handling fatalities and entrapment cases increased in 2016 over previous years.
Workplace accidents claimed the lives of 4,836 workers in New Jersey and other U.S. states in 2015, and on-the-job accidents or toxic working conditions left a further 3 million American workers either sick or injured according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace safety in the United States is largely the purview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor is also heavily involved.