When using ladders on the job, workers in New Jersey will have the appropriate amount of fall protection if they use ladders with self-closing gates. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gates are superior to the cheaper alternative, chains.
Workplace injuries that caused workers to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers more than $60 billion in 2013. Slips and falls on the same level were among the most common causes of accidents. Those who are working on a loading dock may be especially susceptible to getting hurt. However, there are ways that New Jersey employers can keep these types of accidents and injuries to a minimum.
People who have manufacturing jobs are at particular risk for acquiring musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries, which can include tendonitis in the shoulders, wrists and arms, can be hard on workers and can also result in lost time, reduced productivity and workers' compensation, all at a cost to manufacturing companies. New Jersey residents who work in the manufacturing industry may be interested to know that smartphone technology may soon be a significant factor in preventing workplace injuries.
Employers in New Jersey and around the country are required to report workplace injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They are also under a continuing obligation to keep records of the injuries in order to help prevent future accidents and to save lives. In December, OSHA released an updated rule about the ongoing obligation that employers have to report and maintain their records.
When most people in New Jersey watch movies, they do so without thinking about the potential dangers that may be present on the films' sets. Like other settings, film sets may be dangerous when film production crews try to cut corners in order to save money.
According to OSHA excavation involves any cut, trench or depression involving man-made removal of earth. A trench is defined as an excavation having more depth than width, and it can be no wider than 15 feet. Both trenching and excavating are considered among the most hazardous jobs in the construction field. However, there are many ways in which an individual can stay safe.
Even when a New Jersey resident who has incurred a blow to the head thinks that it did not cause a serious injury, problems and even long-term disability could arise later if brain damage goes untreated. People who this has happened to should get a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
New Jersey workers who have been injured on the job may be interested in knowing what a reported decline in levels of workers' compensation benefits across the nation might indicate. A study released in October 2016 by the National Academy of Social Insurance shows that in 46 states, benefits as a percent of payroll declined between the years 2010 and 2014 while costs to employers continued to rise.
According to a report issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency's new severe injury reporting system has been successful. Since the first day of 2015, companies have been required to report within 24 hours any injuries that resulted in amputation, eye loss or inpatient hospitalization. In 2015, there were 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations reported to OSHA from employers throughout America.
When business picks up for a company in New Jersey, managers might assign more duties to existing staff members. While this may be alright during a brief work crunch, long-term increases could add extra strain and erode workplace safety. People performing jobs that they have not received adequate training for could be especially at risk of injury.