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.
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.
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.
New Jersey residents should know that operating farm machinery comes with health risks. A NIOSH-funded study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa measured the vibration levels of 112 pieces of farm machinery as they were being operated by 55 workers. These machines included combines, tractors, forklifts, skid loaders and ATVs. Floor and seat sensors measured vibrations. The latter monitored how well the seats absorbed the vibrations.
Some New Jersey workers may be interested in the Request for Information that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on March 11. The RFI was issued to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about using powered industrial trucks in the construction, general and maritime industry classifications. The agency may revise its existing standards for the use of powered industrial trucks, and the information received from the stakeholders will be used by the agency to determine what actions will be necessary to revise the standards.
Truck drivers in New Jersey sometimes experience serious shoulder injuries if part of their duties involve the cranking of landing gears. Not all trucking-related injuries are entirely preventable, especially ones involving someone else's negligence or unsafe road or working conditions. However, a new study found that adjustments to certain techniques involved with the raising or lowering of trailers could help prevent shoulder injuries that sometimes keep drivers off the road and away from a regular paycheck.
People who work outside during the winter without the proper protection are at risk of getting cold stress. When the human body is unable to maintain the right temperatures, a variety of health problems can occur. These can include frostbite, hypothermia, dehydration, numbness and shivering. A variety of factors contribute to the risk of getting these conditions other than temperatures, including humidity, wind speed and contact with certain surfaces.
New Jersey residents who work in drilling face a variety of risks while on the job. In 2014, those in the drilling sector had a fatality rate five times higher than all other industries combined. From 2008 to 2017, there were 1,566 deaths in the drilling industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When times are good, companies may face pressure to maximize production, which could lead to less of a focus on worker safety.
New Jersey workers in the printing industry have the right to a safe workplace. It is OSHA's job to oversee that employers are in compliance with relevant safety regulations. Each year, the agency creates a list of the top 10 most common violations. In the printing industry, hazard communication was the most common violation for the 2018 fiscal year. The fiscal year starts on Oct. 1 and ends on the final day of September.
Chemical plant workers in New Jersey and throughout the country may face a variety of hazards on the job. Employers have a responsibility to do as much as they can to identify and mitigate these risks. For instance, having safety equipment is only worthwhile if that equipment is properly maintained. Failure to do so could result in a malfunction or other unexpected issue that could cause negative consequences for an employer and employee.