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Special safety considerations for robots in the workplace

The use of robotics is increasingly prevalent in many New Jersey industries, and companies that utilize the technology must consider and account for the risks it poses. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have published robotics safety guidance for employers since 1984. To avoid workplace injuries, employers should consider the way workers interact with robotics during programming, adjustment and maintenance.

OSHA fall protection standards for iron workers

Iron workers in New Jersey and around the country are subject to special protections imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fall protection standards promulgated by OSHA are extremely robust and cover an enormous variety of situations that these workers may encounter in their daily labor.

New confined space regulations for the construction industry

Employers in the construction industry in New Jersey will soon need to pay heed to the new regulations put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for confined spaces in construction sites. Construction work continues to be one of the most dangerous industries, and the move, scheduled to take effect in August 2015, is designed to help prevent worker injuries and deaths.

OSHA enhances rules to protect health care workers

New Jersey residents employed in the health care industry may be interested to learn that a federal agency has adopted new regulations designed to make their workplaces safer. The new regulations, which took effect in June 2015, apply to inpatient treatment facilities and nursing homes.

Upward trend for temp work matched by workplace injuries

Even with a nominal recovery in the U.S. economy, experts state that around 17 million people were in temporary work positions in 2013 with more expected in subsequent years. A consequence of this trend is a visible increase in the number of workplace injuries. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that on average temporary workers are injured at double the rate of those with permanent employment. Other studies have borne this out as well.

IMSA race ends in crash that seriously injures safety worker

Car racing fans in New Jersey might be interested to learn about a crash that occurred on May 30 at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship race in Detroit. The International Motor Sports Association race ended with a multi-car accident that seriously injured a safety worker. The unidentified victim's injuries included those to his kidney and spleen, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Avoiding worker injuries from insects or animals

As some New Jersey residents may know, employees in certain occupations are often exposed to insect, reptile or animal bites. Being at risk for these types of situations may mean that an injury and its aftermath may be covered by workers' compensation.

Steps employers can take to protect employees from the heat

With the return of spring and warm weather, employers need to be aware of the risks that sun, heat, and humidity can pose for their workers and take steps to protect them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that thousands of workers succumb to heat-related illnesses each year, and in 2012, more than 30 workers died from such illnesses, including a sanitation worker in New Jersey. Although OSHA does not have a specific heat illness prevention standard, such illness is typically covered under the General Duty clause that requires employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards.

Report claims injuries prevalent among fast food workers

A report released on March 16 by Fight for 15, a labor campaign developed by Service Employees International Union, may be of concern for fast food workers and labor unions in New Jersey. According to the report, McDonald's has an issue with workplace burns, the treatments of burns with condiments and insufficient first aid kits and safety equipment. The document alleges that McDonald's workers in 19 cities have made complaints of burns and workplace injuries resulting from under staffing and pressure from supervisors to work faster. The organization admits to bias against McDonald's as it has been trying to push for unions and an increase in wages for employees at McDonald's.

Daylight savings time affects workplace safety

The loss of 40 minutes to an hour of sleep on the night of daylight saving time can have an impact on employees' ability to stay safe at work. In 2015, daylight saving time fell on March 8 at 2 a.m. Although there are no numbers available on daylight saving time related workplace injuries for 2015, data from previous years shows that there is a noticeable increase in workplace accidents in New Jersey and across the United States during the days following daylight saving time.