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Workers' Compensation Archives

Radiation exposure a concern for health care workers

Radiation exposure can be a serious concern for many New Jersey workers, including people working in the health care industry. Doctors and radiology technicians are exposed to radiation on a daily basis, and even people in lucrative, highly paid and specialized positions need to be alert to the potential effects of radiation exposure. Everyone experiences some radiation through daily life and devices like mobile phones and microwaves. Occupational exposure is different, however; it usually involves short-wave radiation carrying higher energy levels and capable of disrupting cells. Exposure to this type of radiation on the job can increase workers' risk of developing cancer over time.

Floor markings can increase workplace safety

New Jersey businesses can improve worker safety and productivity simply and cost-effectively by the use of floor markings. Floor markings can provide workers with important information about the locations of tools, work spaces and safety equipment. They can aslo improve the facility's emergency procedures and strengthen safety levels for the facility overall. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published recommended color codes for floor markings and other notices.

Fatigue provides the silent cause of many workplace accidents

Long hours at work and inadequate sleep quietly take a toll on workers in New Jersey and nationwide. Sleep researchers have determined that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily, but roughly 30% of civilian workers fail to get six hours of sleep as of the mid-2000s according to the National Health Interview Survey. Sleep deprivation reduces muscle coordination and raises the risk of falling, stumbling or dropping objects. Cognitive difficulties also arise that erode workers' ability to function.

OSHA warns against ototoxicant exposure in the workplace

Workers in New Jersey may incur hearing loss and other issues through continual exposure to certain chemicals, especially the ototoxicants found in many solvents, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. This is according to a Safety and Health Information Bulletin just released by OSHA.

OSHA raises awareness of hazards facing electrical workers

Electricians, engineers and anyone else in New Jersey who performs electrical operations should be aware of the hazards of the industry. OSHA is endeavoring to raise awareness of these hazards, particularly in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Keeping workers safe from the heat in five steps

Employers in New Jersey who want to help keep their workers safe from the summer heat should consider the following five tips. The heat from the sun, as well as the heat generated by machines and by the wearing of personal protective equipment, can all lead to heat-related illnesses. Every year, more than 1,300 workers die from excessive heat.

Improving parking lot safety in four steps

Business owners in New Jersey are responsible for the safety of all lawful entrants, including employees and clients. This responsibility extends to the parking lot. Owners should know that every year, there are more than 50,000 car accidents in parking lots (according to the National Safety Council). The first thing that owners should do, then, is focus on establishing clear traffic flow.

Machine guarding in plants and OSHA regulations

Plant workers in New Jersey may be protected from hazardous machinery by a number of different types of guards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires such equipment as portable power tools, shears, power presses and milling machines to have guards. Among the types of guards that protect workers are two-handed tripping devices and barrier guards.

AFL-CIO raises awareness of workplace illness, death rates

Workers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are dying and being injured at alarming rates. The AFL-CIO published its annual report on workplace fatalities, entitled "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," during this year's Workers' Memorial Week, which took place from April 22 to 29. The report states that there were 5,147 such fatalities in 2017. While this is an improvement from the 5,190 who died in 2016, it is still higher than 2015's death toll of 4,836.

Employees need to protect their eyesight at Work

In many New Jersey workplaces, "begin with safe eyes, finish with safe eyes" is a well-known phrase regarding eye safety. When a person loses their eyesight, life changes dramatically. Therefore, people should do everything possible to ensure that their eyes are completely safe in the workplace. Every day, more than 2,000 American employees incur eye injuries at work.