New Jersey residents who work in the manufacturing, utilities, construction or transportation industry will want to know the results of a recent survey from the National Safety Council. It turns out that shift workers in these four safety-critical industries are at the highest risk for job-related fatigue. In all, 69 percent of employees reported feeling tired at work.
Employers in New Jersey can expect increased enforcement of OSHA rules related to trenching and excavation. From 2011 to 2016, there were 130 deaths related to trenching or excavation, and 49 percent of those fatalities happened between 2015 and 2016. Employers are required to inspect trenches on a regular basis to identify hazards that could lead to a worker being hurt or killed. There are many steps that can be taken to prevent a trench collapse.
Employers and employees in New Jersey who work around machinery should know about OSHA standards regarding pinch point protection. Pinch points are the areas in machinery where workers or parts of their body are liable to get caught, and pinch point injuries often result in the amputation of fingers, hands, feet and entire limbs. Any machine with gears, pulleys, rollers or belt drives will have pinch points.
Landscape workers in New Jersey and elsewhere have some of the most dangerous jobs in America. According to data from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, landscapers make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. labor force, but they account for 3.5 percent of all work-related deaths. Of those deaths, 75 percent occur during tree removal or tree trimming.
Many workers in New Jersey get hurt on the job because of poorly maintained or unguarded machinery. Sometimes, insufficient training is to blame. Since even smaller machines can lead to serious injuries, employers will want to take the following five safety tips into account.
Workers in New Jersey who are routinely exposed to excessive heat while performing their job duties may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been petitioned by 130 groups to begin procedures to create a federal standard that will protect outdoor and indoor workers from being exposed to extremely high temperatures while on the job. Should the rule be created, it would be the first federal standard regarding the issue.
New Jersey workers in the meat industry can face some of the most dangerous working conditions in America. Every week, those in meatpacking plants face head trauma, fractures, burns and even amputations as a result of workplace injuries and accidents. In fact, workers in the industry are three times more likely to have a severe workplace injury than the average worker. For workers in pork and beef plants, the risk of repetitive stress injuries increases by sevenfold.
On-the-job accidents and injuries can be a real danger to many New Jersey workers, whether they construct buildings, drive for a delivery service or write in an office. No matter the surrounding environment in which someone works, there are a range of potential slip, trip and fall hazards. While many people may think of this type of injury as common and minor, it's important to note that 660 workers died in 2014 after falling from heights. Nearly 140 workers died on the job that same year from same-level falls.
Sanitation workers in New Jersey and the rest of the nation can incur various types of injuries while they are collecting trash and afterward. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2016, workers who collect recyclable and refuse materials ranked fifth in the list of civilian occupations that have the highest deadly work injury rate. The fatality rate for these workers is almost 10 times more than that for individuals who work in other industries. According to the Solid Waste Association of North America, there were seven sanitation worker fatalities in the first 10 days of 2018.
From slip, trip and fall hazards to exposure to harmful chemicals, there are a variety of safety risks that workplaces in New Jersey are vulnerable to. Safety-minded employers and managers can consider what one insurtech startup in Iowa has developed as a way to reduce these risks and prevent accidents.