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November 2016 Archives

OSHA updates rule on slip and fall prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency that is entrusted with the establishment and enforcement of safety rules and regulations for workplaces in New Jersey and around the country. On Nov. 17, 2016, it released its final update on its existing rules governing walking and working surfaces on most job sites. The rules also establishes specific requirements with regard to personal fall protection systems.

New methods aim to reduce personal injuries at work

Every year, hundreds of New Jersey residents are injured on the job. Many of these injuries are due to unsafe working conditions. However, a new program at Harvard University is finding innovative ways to improve health and safety at the workplace.

Technology improves workplace safety

New Jersey companies are required by federal and state laws to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Over the years, safety standards have changed along with technology. As a result, precautions that may have been unheard of even a decade ago are now rapidly becoming standard features in many work environments.

Report shows delays in mine hazard reporting

New Jersey mine workers face many hazards on the job, and it is important that they evacuate as fast as possible when there is an imminent danger. However, a May 2016 report by the Labor Department's Office of Inspector General said that there are potentially dangerous delays in communication between the Mine Safety and Health Administration and mine operators.

Parents may be unaware of dog bite dangers

New Jersey pet owners might be surprised to learn that more than 50,000 children under the age of 7 were injured by dog bites in 2014. Young children are more likely to suffer bites to the neck and head because they stand at about the height of a typical dog.

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