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Workplace Injuries Archives

Night shift work may be dangerous to health

New Jersey employees who work different shifts may be interested in the results of a peer review of studies on the effects of shift work on health. The review, which was published in a peer-reviewed journal, studied shift work and its effects on sleep, chronic health conditions and workplace accidents.

Construction workers at risk for musculoskeletal injuries

New Jersey construction workers are still at risk for suffering musculoskeletal injuries despite significant improvements that have been made over the last two decades. According to a study, these injuries are often caused by excessive exposure to bending, twisting and awkward body postures.

Preventing suspension trauma after an arrested fall

Workers in New Jersey who work at height may be interested in information about suspension trauma. Full-body harnesses can prevent falls, but they can also lead to suspension trauma, which can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness and, in rare cases, death.

OSHA updates rule on slip and fall prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency that is entrusted with the establishment and enforcement of safety rules and regulations for workplaces in New Jersey and around the country. On Nov. 17, 2016, it released its final update on its existing rules governing walking and working surfaces on most job sites. The rules also establishes specific requirements with regard to personal fall protection systems.

Technology improves workplace safety

New Jersey companies are required by federal and state laws to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Over the years, safety standards have changed along with technology. As a result, precautions that may have been unheard of even a decade ago are now rapidly becoming standard features in many work environments.

Common construction industry safety violations

New Jersey construction workers are employed in a dangerous field. In 2014, one in five U.S. workplace deaths were in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that companies follow certain safety protocols, but failure to follow these rules is common. According to OSHA, the most common safety violations don't change much from year to year.

OSHA touts the success of its injury reporting program

New Jersey workers may have heard that on January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration put in place new reporting requirements for severe injuries related to workplace accidents. The program requires that businesses report work-related eye-loss accidents, hospitalizations and amputations to OSHA within 24 hours.

An example of an unsafe workplace and the resulting costs

OSHA safety inspectors routinely identify problems that contribute to workplace accidents in New Jersey and around the country. Frequently, employers have the resources to prevent accidents but choose to make decisions based on short-term profits instead of long-term safety and productivity. A machine shop that skimps on training represents an informative example of a harmful disregard for worker safety.