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July 2015 Archives

150 workers die every day from workplace injury or disease

New Jersey workers may want to read about a new report issued by the AFL-CIO. According to the report, as many as 150 people die every day in the U.S., either as a result of being injured on the job or due to contracting diseases in the course of their employment.

How smart hazmat containers can prevent toxic spills

Workers in New Jersey who are involved in the transportation of hazardous materials are at risk if the contents are not properly handled. When hazardous materials are mishandled, they can also cause injuries to bystanders. To mitigate the risk of injuries, employers can create a chain of custody using container security devices.

Special safety considerations for robots in the workplace

The use of robotics is increasingly prevalent in many New Jersey industries, and companies that utilize the technology must consider and account for the risks it poses. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have published robotics safety guidance for employers since 1984. To avoid workplace injuries, employers should consider the way workers interact with robotics during programming, adjustment and maintenance.

OSHA fall protection standards for iron workers

Iron workers in New Jersey and around the country are subject to special protections imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fall protection standards promulgated by OSHA are extremely robust and cover an enormous variety of situations that these workers may encounter in their daily labor.

New confined space regulations for the construction industry

Employers in the construction industry in New Jersey will soon need to pay heed to the new regulations put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for confined spaces in construction sites. Construction work continues to be one of the most dangerous industries, and the move, scheduled to take effect in August 2015, is designed to help prevent worker injuries and deaths.

OSHA enhances rules to protect health care workers

New Jersey residents employed in the health care industry may be interested to learn that a federal agency has adopted new regulations designed to make their workplaces safer. The new regulations, which took effect in June 2015, apply to inpatient treatment facilities and nursing homes.

Safety measures for pedestrian accident prevention

Like law-abiding motorists, New Jersey pedestrians who obey all the rules may encounter negligent drivers. Understanding the risks and not taking drivers for granted can save lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With several hundred pedestrians injured each day in traffic-related accidents, defensive walking is worth considering.

Young people and dangerous driving

New Jersey drivers who are younger than 21 are disproportionately responsible for accidents that involve driving while under the influence of alcohol or while texting or talking on a cellphone. Approximately 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in the United States are caused by drivers under the age of 21, and around 2,000 young people are killed each year due to driving while intoxicated.

Preventing teen car accident deaths

Motor vehicle crashes are a big problem for teenagers in New Jersey. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., and around 2,650 people between the ages of 16 and 19 died in a motor vehicle accident in 2011. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with simple safety measures.

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