Many New Jersey residents are aware of the fact that working in construction is dangerous. In fact, about 14 workers die on construction jobs every day. Struck-by deaths are on the rise. This underscores the importance of finding ways to make work sites safer.
Past records of workplace accidents and injuries could help to avoid future incidents that hurt workers in New Jersey. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration refers to these events as "incidents" rather than "accidents" for several reasons; one of those reasons is the perspective that workplace accidents that injure or kill workers are rarely truly unforeseen or unexpected. While there may be some truly unpredictable accidents caused by factors outside of the workplace, most on-the-job injuries have causes that are preventable.
Workers in New Jersey may face serious dangers on the job in a range of occupations. In 2016, 101 people across the state were killed as a result of workplace accidents and injuries, marking an upward turn from 2015, when 97 workers lost their lives on the job. New Jersey sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to workplace fatalities, ranking 17th in the nation. Experts noted that as the economy grows, worker fatalities may become more common.
The fact that workers are injured and killed at work every day is nothing new. However, a recent report suggests a worrisome trend regarding workplace fatalities. The report indicates that certain workers and certain industries are more prone to fatal accidents in New Jersey and across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.