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June 2015 Archives

Upward trend for temp work matched by workplace injuries

Even with a nominal recovery in the U.S. economy, experts state that around 17 million people were in temporary work positions in 2013 with more expected in subsequent years. A consequence of this trend is a visible increase in the number of workplace injuries. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that on average temporary workers are injured at double the rate of those with permanent employment. Other studies have borne this out as well.

AAA says drowsy driving riskier than federal studies show

A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates on the prevalence and impact of drowsy driving in car accidents in New Jersey and elsewhere may be understated. While the 2011 NHTSA report covering a period between 2005 and 2009 said that drowsy driving accounted for 1.4 and 2.5 percent of all towed-car accidents and fatality crashes respectively, the AAA studyclaims the actual respective percentages are closer to 6 and 21 percent.

OSHA working to reduce workplace injuries to nurses

In New Jersey and across the country, workplace injury rates are higher in health care than in any other industry, even higher than industries such as oil and gas extraction and construction. OSHA is attempting to reverse this trend by investigating, auditing and fining hospitals and other facilities for workplace safety violations.

NTSB wants collision avoidance systems in all vehicles

On June 8, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report that showed automobile collision avoidance systems can prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes for drivers in New Jersey and nationwide. The agency also repeated its recommendation that auto manufacturers make such technology standard equipment on all new passenger and commercial vehicles.

IMSA race ends in crash that seriously injures safety worker

Car racing fans in New Jersey might be interested to learn about a crash that occurred on May 30 at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship race in Detroit. The International Motor Sports Association race ended with a multi-car accident that seriously injured a safety worker. The unidentified victim's injuries included those to his kidney and spleen, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

New Jersey man pleads guilty in hit-and-run case

A New Jersey man faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison after admitting his role in a December 2013 pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an 84-year-old man. The defendant entered a plea of guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter on June 1 according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. He is also facing a number of drug charges unconnected with the fatal accident.

Avoiding worker injuries from insects or animals

As some New Jersey residents may know, employees in certain occupations are often exposed to insect, reptile or animal bites. Being at risk for these types of situations may mean that an injury and its aftermath may be covered by workers' compensation.

May 2015 designated Bike Month in New Jersey

May 2015 was designated "Bike Month" by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Garden State is ranked as the 11th friendliest in the nation for cyclists by the League of American Bicyclists, but the serious injuries suffered by a Gloucester County cyclist in an April hit-and-run accident are evidence that much can still be done to improve safety for those traveling on two wheels. The woman remains in intensive care connected to breathing and feeding tubes.

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