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Workplace Injuries Archives

Shift in workplace safety emphasizes prevention

A growing number of safety professionals are urging a shift in how potential hazards are treated in the workplace. The traditional approach is to wait until an accident happens and then investigate the incident. However, serious injury and fatality prevention programs, also known as SIF, aim to anticipate and limit those accidents. Some safety professionals believe this will make New Jersey employees safer.

New Jersey office workers at risk for computer vision syndrome

Many people don't imagine calm offices when they think of workplace injuries. As more and more Americans spend their working days in front of a computer, however, digital eyestrain is becoming a bigger issue across the nation.

Hazardous repair method for water pipes

New Jersey plumbing construction workers who routinely repair water pipes should know that a popular repair method may present a risk to their health. According to researchers from Purdue University, the cured-in-place pipe repair procedure should be reassessed for the dangers it can present.

Manufacturing can be a hazardous job

New Jersey workers in the manufacturing industry are a vital part of many businesses. They are also at risk from injuries that can be caused by machinery or unsafe working conditions. Manufacturing is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, but there are way that employers can make it safer.

Injury risks could be higher for younger workers

New Jersey workers who are younger than 24 may be more likely to suffer a workplace injury than their older counterparts. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that in 2015, there were more than 400 work-related deaths for people under that age. Between 1998 and 2007, an average of about 795,000 younger workers per year had to be treated in emergency rooms after a work-related injury. This injury rate is about two times higher than that of older workers.

The link between economics and workplace injuries

New Jersey workers might be safer when their employers are under less earning pressure according to a study that appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. The study examined the relationship between pressure on managers to reach earnings expectations and safety in the workplace using injury data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the years 2002 to 2011. This injury data was then compared to earnings data.

What to know about robot injuries

Robots serve several different functions for those who live or work in New Jersey. For instance, they may be used to chop vegetables, help with animal grooming or even provide assistance building other robots. In some cases, robots are used by hospitals to distribute medicine or provide general supervision to elderly patients in nursing homes. However, there are instances in which robots are responsible for injuring or killing people.

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.

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