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Workplace Injuries Archives

Injury risks could be higher for younger workers

New Jersey workers who are younger than 24 may be more likely to suffer a workplace injury than their older counterparts. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that in 2015, there were more than 400 work-related deaths for people under that age. Between 1998 and 2007, an average of about 795,000 younger workers per year had to be treated in emergency rooms after a work-related injury. This injury rate is about two times higher than that of older workers.

The link between economics and workplace injuries

New Jersey workers might be safer when their employers are under less earning pressure according to a study that appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. The study examined the relationship between pressure on managers to reach earnings expectations and safety in the workplace using injury data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the years 2002 to 2011. This injury data was then compared to earnings data.

What to know about robot injuries

Robots serve several different functions for those who live or work in New Jersey. For instance, they may be used to chop vegetables, help with animal grooming or even provide assistance building other robots. In some cases, robots are used by hospitals to distribute medicine or provide general supervision to elderly patients in nursing homes. However, there are instances in which robots are responsible for injuring or killing people.

The importance of guardrails

New Jersey employers should ensure that they are following both International Code Council (ICC) and OSHA regulations for fall protection and guardrails. This may help them reduce the odds of a serious injury to someone visiting a premises or someone who may be working at heights. ICC and OSHA standards are implemented at both the state and federal level to provide uniform safety regulations inside of all new or remodeled buildings.

Ag industry groups want OSHA to end emphasis on grain processing

Many farms in New Jersey and around the country have grain handling facilities. After a spike in employee fatalities in these operations in 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration focused outreach and inspections on operators in the Midwest and Great Plains. Although 2016 saw an increase in entrapment incidents in which workers become engulfed by grain in a silo, an attorney representing the grain industry said that commercial operators understand the need for worker safety and that OSHA should switch focus to educating small farm operators. He cited a study from Purdue University that showed most accidents happened at small farms with 10 or fewer workers.

Landscapers and workplace safety

Being a landscaper in New Jersey can dangerous due to the repetitive and difficult work, heat exposure and hazardous equipment that is common to the profession. However, there are many safety and health procedures landscapers can keep in mind to ensure their own well-being.

Proper protection could reduce workplace eye injuries

About 2,000 workers in New Jersey and around the country seek medical treatment each day after suffering some sort of eye injury. As many as 90 percent of these injuries could be prevented by goggles or other forms of eye protection, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

How to improve scissor lift safety at the workplace

While scissor lifts help make the job easier at a New Jersey workplace, they can also spell danger if they are used incorrectly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated several cases of preventable accidents involving scissor lifts that caused serious injuries, some of which proved fatal. The agency reported that the deaths and injuries were largely due to a lack of employee training on scissor lift safety.