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April 2017 Archives

Making chemical plants safe places to work

Chemicals may pose several safety hazards to New Jersey workers in industrial plants. Both chemical burns as well as inhalation of chemical fumes are common causes for injuries in chemical plants. Workers may also suffer injuries related to slipping or falling or overexerting themselves. However, there are ways that employers may reduce the odds that a worker suffers an injury that could be costly to the company.

The importance of guardrails

New Jersey employers should ensure that they are following both International Code Council (ICC) and OSHA regulations for fall protection and guardrails. This may help them reduce the odds of a serious injury to someone visiting a premises or someone who may be working at heights. ICC and OSHA standards are implemented at both the state and federal level to provide uniform safety regulations inside of all new or remodeled buildings.

Dog attacks against postal workers on the rise

Online shopping adds convenience to the lives of people in New Jersey and around the counry, but the U.S. Postal Service wants to remind everyone of the importance of restraining their dogs during deliveries. In 2016, there were 6,755 dog attacks on mail carriers, which represented a rise compared to 2015. During National Dog Bite Prevention Week that occurs every April, the Postal Service emphasizes precautions that people should take to reduce attacks on delivery personnel.

What should I do after a dog bite injury?

Most New Jersey residents can't imagine their dogs biting another person, but we must remember that dogs are animals and therefore unpredictable. In fact, nearly 5 million Americans suffer a dog bite injury each year and half of the victims are kids.

Your workers’ comp benefits might be taxable

No one wants to get hurt, but accidents are sometimes completely unavoidable. Imagine slipping on a wet floor while at work. You break your arm in the fall and have to go to the hospital. Fortunately, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. While these benefits are generally not taxable, if you are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, they could be.

Ag industry groups want OSHA to end emphasis on grain processing

Many farms in New Jersey and around the country have grain handling facilities. After a spike in employee fatalities in these operations in 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration focused outreach and inspections on operators in the Midwest and Great Plains. Although 2016 saw an increase in entrapment incidents in which workers become engulfed by grain in a silo, an attorney representing the grain industry said that commercial operators understand the need for worker safety and that OSHA should switch focus to educating small farm operators. He cited a study from Purdue University that showed most accidents happened at small farms with 10 or fewer workers.

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