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Workplace Injuries Archives

Fatal workplace injuries slightly up between 2013 and 2014

New Jersey employees may be interested in some of the findings contained in data that was recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on fatal workplace injuries. The agency's annual report found that in 2014, the number of people who died as a result of a work-related injury was 2 percent higher than in the previous year.

Fall protection at the workplace

New Jersey employers and their employees might benefit from learning more about the fall protections available for workplace use. Fall protection is not a science that every employer has perfected yet. Some of the factors to consider include identifying which equipment purchases to make, defining roles and responsibilities, fulfilling different requirements and choosing the best solutions for specific applications. Gaining clarity on these issues may help ensure worker safety.

Long shifts pose injury risks to EMS workers

New Jersey EMS workers may find interest in a new study that illustrates the dangers of extended shift work. Those who work more than 12 hours are 60 percent more likely to experience illness and injury than those who work 12 hours or less, according to researchers. The risk continues to increase the longer the shift is, making those who work 24 hours in one shift at double the risk of those who work eight hours or less.

New Jersey construction jobs and hard hat safety

New Jersey construction workers are likely already familiar with the benefits of wearing a hard hat, but they may not realize that wearing one correctly is equally important. Only a hard hat that fits securely can offer adequate protection for carpenters, construction workers, plumbers, mechanics and other professionals in hazardous jobs. OSHA guidelines state that construction workers must wear hats made of thermoplastic resin that is lightweight, malleable and does not conduct electricity.

Worker injury may be due to fogging in safety glasses

As New Jersey residents may know, workplace eye injuries are common, with about 2,000 requiring medical care daily, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eye injuries result in loss of eyesight in up to two out of ten workers.

Contaminated eyewash water potential source of infection

Many individuals in New Jersey are employed in workplaces where an eyewash station is required. These facilities are required in any workplace where corrosive chemicals are used, in any HIV or hepatitis-B research facility and in any workplace with a significant risk of formaldehyde being splashed into an employee's eyes. A number of other medical and manufacturing facilities voluntarily maintain eyewash stations.

Amputations and new OSHA directive

Both employees and employers in New Jersey should be aware of a recent directive issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The directive updates the agency's policies on safety measures designed to reduce the number of workplace amputation injuries from unguarded machinery.

Deadly mining accidents prompt more federal inspections

New Jersey residents may have heard about three mine workers who recently died in on-the-job accidents. The three separate incidents occurred in mines located in South Dakota, Nevada and Northern Virginia. In response to the incidents, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is calling to increase efforts to make mines safer places to work so there will be less chances for fatal mining accidents.

150 workers die every day from workplace injury or disease

New Jersey workers may want to read about a new report issued by the AFL-CIO. According to the report, as many as 150 people die every day in the U.S., either as a result of being injured on the job or due to contracting diseases in the course of their employment.