If you have suffered a work injury, you likely have many questions:
With the return of spring and warm weather, employers need to be aware of the risks that sun, heat, and humidity can pose for their workers and take steps to protect them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that thousands of workers succumb to heat-related illnesses each year, and in 2012, more than 30 workers died from such illnesses, including a sanitation worker in New Jersey. Although OSHA does not have a specific heat illness prevention standard, such illness is typically covered under the General Duty clause that requires employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards.
Although workers from New Jersey may have to contend with many possible forms of workplace injury, musculoskeletal disorders can be some of the most long-lasting and difficult to manage. This range of disorders can have a wide ranging impact not the body, especially in the back, neck and extremities. MSDs are most often caused by lifting heavy objects, uncomfortable posture while working long periods of time or reaching beyond what is comfortable.