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.
Retail sales increase during the holidays, and many retailers bring on extra help to deal with the holiday rush. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put out a reminder to employers to pay attention to worker safety in New Jersey and all over the country. The acting assistant secretary of labor for OSHA said that employers should focus on the responsibilities they have to protect their employees during the holiday season. Employees might find their workdays getting longer and their duties expanded as retailers attempt to make the most of holiday sales.
When used properly, robots can make it easier and safer for New Jersey workers to complete tasks. However, the use of robots can also introduce safety hazards. This may be especially true when it comes time to clean, inspect or repair the machines themselves. The risk for workplace injuries related to the use of robots exists for workers in most sectors including retail. In some countries, robots are used to serve customers.
Safety on the job site is in everyone's best interests. Each worker should take whatever steps are necessary to be shielded from harm and act in a manner that respects the rights of co-workers, but the New Jersey employers who exert greater control over the work environment. Being proactive, staying on top of ever-changing situations and anticipating what is likely to occur are the best ways to avoid accidents and keep worker's compensation insurance rates down.
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.