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January 2016 Archives

Safety for trenching and excavation projects

The risk of a cave-in is a serious concern for a New Jersey company that specializes in trenching and excavation projects. Failing to meet OSHA standards can result in serious penalties for an employer, especially if an accident occurs that harms or kills workers. There are certain areas of focus that are especially important for minimizing the risks in this dangerous profession.

After record snowfall, please watch out for slip-and-fall hazards

As all of New Jersey braces for the biggest snow storm we've experienced in decades, most everyone will be staying in their homes if at all possible. As news outlets have been warning, travel is not advised unless absolutely necessary.

Main type of disabling workplace injury due to overexertion

New Jersey workers may want to learn about the recent data regarding the top causes of workplace disabilities resulting from injuries. Liberty Mutual released a review of data on Jan. 14, and the results it reported comport with findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Winter accidents often caused by unsafe driving

New Jersey residents are no strangers to blizzards and winter storms that can reduce traffic to a crawl and leave even major highways virtually impassable, but road safety advocates say that light snowfall or modest amounts of ice can be even more treacherous. NHTSA figures reveal that weather conditions played a role in about a quarter of all traffic accidents in America between 2004 and 2013, and snow, slush and ice were responsible for more than 40 percent of these incidents.

Bill in Congress outrages victims of workplace asbestos exposure

Asbestos, a toxic substance known to cause the cancer mesothelioma, remains legal in a number of industrial applications throughout the United States, including New Jersey. Trust funds set up by corporations that use asbestos provide funds to compensate sick workers, but a new bill being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives intends to add layers of difficulty to the process of making a claim for benefits.

How to handle workers compensation cases in New Jersey

By providing prompt care to an injured worker, it may be possible to keep workers' compensation costs down for New Jersey employers. In 30 percent of cases, a worker may be able to self-treat an injury, which would eliminate the need for a trip to the emergency room that could cost $1,000 or more. However, employers should always proper care regardless of what is needed to help an employee recover and get back to work.

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