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Workplace Accidents Archives

OSHA staff levels fall under President Trump

Since Donald Trump became President, there have been fewer OSHA safety inspectors. In many cases, inspectors left on their own and were not replaced. This was done as part of an overall plan to reduce the number of federal government workers throughout all agencies. As of October 2017, there were fewer than 1,000 federal inspectors throughout the United States. These departures have raised concerns about whether the government is doing enough to protect New Jersey workers.

The benefits of wearable tech in construction

Wearable safety technology may soon become more of a staple in the construction industry throughout New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. This could be seen as good news as construction has been called the second least digitized industry in America.

GAO report claims reluctance to report poulty plant safety

A year after receiving complaints of potentially unsafe conditions in poultry processing plants across the country, the Government Accountability Office determined that many employees are reluctant to speak with OSHA reps for fear of reprisal by their employers. Factory employees in New Jersey might take interest in the situation.

OSHA notified after man electrocuted at work

A 55-year-old man was killed on Nov. 13 after replacing an emergency light at High Grade Beverage in New Jersey. According to authorities, the man was replacing the light when he was electrocuted while on a scissor lift. Police attempted to perform CPR on the man when they arrived at the scene. The man was transported to Saint Clare's Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Safety for workers in warehouses

New Jersey workers might wonder how safe a warehouse job site may be. There are a number of precautions employers should take to keep their warehouse workers safe. One of those precautions is ensuring that all onsite employees and contractors are given a site induction. Every site induction will have safety aspects specific to the site and industry as well as a review of fire exits and the location of the fire assembly point.

Report shows delays in mine hazard reporting

New Jersey mine workers face many hazards on the job, and it is important that they evacuate as fast as possible when there is an imminent danger. However, a May 2016 report by the Labor Department's Office of Inspector General said that there are potentially dangerous delays in communication between the Mine Safety and Health Administration and mine operators.

Generator falls from crane in New Jersey and kills 2 workers

A snapped strap on a crane transformed a construction site in Morris County into a fatal accident scene. A television news station filmed images of rescue workers swarming the work site where workers were building a new headquarters for the Whippany Fire Company.

OSHA proposes revised beryllium exposure limit

Some New Jersey residents may be unfamiliar with beryllium. This metal has properties that make it useful to aerospace and electronics manufacturers, but it can cause serious health issues for workers when it is ground into dust and inhaled. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration set acceptable limits for beryllium exposure in 1971, but subsequent efforts to raise this limit have met with no success due to bureaucratic delays and opposition from the business community.

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