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Workers' Compensation Archives

Improved construction helmets

An engineer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which has been researching protective helmets since the 1970s, stated in 2014 that construction workers should have the best designed headgear. New Jersey construction workers may be able to use safety helmets created by construction companies to specifically to give workers better protection from injuries and fatalities related to falling. From 2003 to 2010, there were 2,210 traumatic brain injuries in the construction industry that resulted in death, which correlated to a rate of 2.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Workers 65 years of age or older had the highest rates of TBI rates of all workers, with falls being the primary cause.

Journalist group warns about Los Alamos safety issues

Many New Jersey residents know the role that the Los Alamos National Laboratory had in the development of nuclear weapons, and they may be surprised to learn that the Department of Energy facility has been accused of handling radioactive waste and plutonium carelessly. According to the Center for Public Integrity, little has been done since worries over safety prompted officials to suspend work at the laboratory in 2013.

Report highlights poultry processing injury rates

New Jersey residents may not know that workers in the poultry processing sector are more likely to suffer severe work-related injuries than workers at saw mills, automobile manufacturing plants and steel mills. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration considers an injury serious when an amputation, the loss of an eye or hospitalization are involved, and poultry processing workers suffer a disproportionately high number of them.

Lead still a serious danger to workers

Although the health risks associated with lead have been well-known and documented, New Jersey workers in certain occupations are still at a high risk for lead exposure. They should be aware of the unique health hazards posed by lead and how to prevent and deal with the issue.

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.

DOL vows strict safety enforcement in 2017

Workplace accidents around the country claimed 4,836 lives in 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a further 3 million workers suffered a nonfatal injury or became sick. The U.S. Department of Labor helps to promote workplace safety by developing regulations and enforcing federal laws like the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and a senior DOL figure said that stricter enforcement would be one of the highest priorities of the solicitor's office in 2017. The comments were made at a March 8 meeting of the American Bar Association in which attorneys from New Jersey were in attendance.

Workers' compensation policies may change

Post-election policy watchers expect workers' compensation and related policy changes in the near future. Workers' compensation coverage is required of most New Jersey companies. In the event of an occupational disease or a workplace injury accident, eligible employees are entitled to file a claim for benefits that could include the payment of medical expenses as well as partial wage replacement.

Final OSHA rule for beryllium

New Jersey workers who may sometimes be exposed to dangerous materials while performing their tasks may be interested to hear about a final rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding lower exposure limits for beryllium. The new standards apply to the shipyard, general and construction industries.

New app under development to identify workplace injury risks

Some New Jersey workers in the manufacturing industry suffer workplace injuries that are caused by repetitive motions. Some repetitive motions can cause stress to the muscles, bones and joints, leading to permanent damage. Due to the frequency of such injuries, researchers are working to develop new technologies that might help engineers identify problematic conditions and make alterations to lessen the risk of repetitive motion injuries.

Addressing risk of older workers being injured on the job

The aging national workforce has already called on some companies to address safety concerns, and New Jersey employers may soon be following suit. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that workers over the age of 55 will make up almost a quarter of U.S. employees by 2024. In 2010, that age group only made up 19 percent of the workforce. While older workers may have more experience, they also have a higher risk of being a work accident victim.

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