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Traumatic brain injuries among construction workers

New Jersey residents may be aware that construction is one of the nation's most dangerous occupations. Accidents at construction sites kill or injure thousands of workers every year, and figures released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reveal that approximately 2,200 construction workers died between 2003 and 2010 after incurring a traumatic brain injury while on the job.

Increased risk of injury for workers with sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that many New Jersey workers have. It causes the airways to become blocked during the night, waking the sufferer multiple times. A Canadian study of more than 1,200 sleep clinic patients suggests that sleep apnea could result in a higher risk of a workplace injury during the day. Those with the condition were found twice as likely as the control group to be injured at work and three times more likely to suffer an injury related to a lack of vigilance or inattentiveness.

Determining whether or not injuries are related to work

Workers in New Jersey who are hurt while on the job may seek benefits under the state's workers' compensation program, but determining what are and what are not work-related injuries can sometimes be a contentious process. Research conducted by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute reveals that these decisions may sometimes be taken based upon financial rather than medical considerations, and the safety advocacy group says that the costs of treatment are more likely to be transferred from traditional health insurance coverage to workers' compensation when fee schedules are high.

Crane operators not cohesively trained or regulated

Heavy equipment such as cranes are commonly found on construction sites in New Jersey, and the safety of the workers and people passing near the site must be protected by regular maintenance and upkeep. However, there appears to be a major loophole in the laws surrounding construction site safety. Although construction cranes are thoroughly regulated, the people who operate them are not.

Preventing accidents in the workplace

New Jersey employers can use safety equipment and training to make their workplaces safer. The necessary equipment to lift heavy loads along with protection for the eyes and hearing is important. Putting safety protocols in place and ensuring that they are understood and followed is also crucial.

Work-related hearing loss rates in different industries

Many New Jersey residents suffer from hearing loss, and some people suffer a loss of their hearing because of their workplace environments. A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has looked at the incidence of hearing loss as well as the industries with the highest rates.

Preventing work-related eye injuries

Workers in New Jersey can be at risk for eye injuries if they work around chemicals, harmful radiation or flying objects like sawdust. To prevent serious eye injuries, workers should use protective eyewear when necessary. Employers can help to mitigate the harmful effects of toxic substances on the eyes by installing eyewash stations. If a worker's eye is scratched, artificial tears can be used to keep the eye moist.

Safety for trenching and excavation projects

The risk of a cave-in is a serious concern for a New Jersey company that specializes in trenching and excavation projects. Failing to meet OSHA standards can result in serious penalties for an employer, especially if an accident occurs that harms or kills workers. There are certain areas of focus that are especially important for minimizing the risks in this dangerous profession.

Main type of disabling workplace injury due to overexertion

New Jersey workers may want to learn about the recent data regarding the top causes of workplace disabilities resulting from injuries. Liberty Mutual released a review of data on Jan. 14, and the results it reported comport with findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bill in Congress outrages victims of workplace asbestos exposure

Asbestos, a toxic substance known to cause the cancer mesothelioma, remains legal in a number of industrial applications throughout the United States, including New Jersey. Trust funds set up by corporations that use asbestos provide funds to compensate sick workers, but a new bill being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives intends to add layers of difficulty to the process of making a claim for benefits.