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Steps to prevent serious injury accidents

New Jersey employees face a variety of dangers in their workplaces. Traditionally, the approach to safety programs has been to report injury accidents, investigate them and to take steps to keep them from happening in the future. This approach misses steps that can be taken to prevent potential injuries before they happen, however.

Study finds common pipe repair method is hazardous

Utility workers in New Jersey and across the United States should be aware that a common method of pipe repair is more dangerous than previously thought, according to a study. The study was conducted by Purdue University researchers.

U.S. nuclear lab has history of safety lapses

New Jersey residents may have heard that there have been numerous safety lapses at a U.S. nuclear laboratory in the past few, according to a nonprofit journalism organization. The safety issues caused work at the facility to be temporarily suspended in 2013.

Power-line incident draws attention to potential risk

New Jersey workers may want to know about a 'close call alert' that was issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration earlier in 2017. According to reports, a tractor-trailer failed to keep clear of an overhead power line during operations. Although the contact did not result in any injuries in this particular situation, it caused significant property damage and exposed at least one worker on the site to the possibility of electrocution. The recommended amount of clearance between work equipment and high-voltage power lines is 10 feet.

Robotic equipment creates workplace safety challenges

As robots become more common in manufacturing environments in New Jersey, the likelihood of worker injuries could rise. Although manufacturers make extensive efforts to design safe systems, the risk of injury persists. The co-president of a robot manufacturing company said that accidents tend to happen when a robot is being programmed for new tasks or if it breaks down and troubleshooting and repairs need to be performed.

Injuries at chemical manufacturing plants

New Jersey residents working at one of the state's numerous chemical manufacturing plants should know about the most common injuries that occur at these facilities and their causes. Knowing about the various safety threats can help prevent accidents from occurring.

Steps to safe ladder use

A stepladder can be an effective tool for New Jersey workers who need help reaching something that is several feet off of the ground. However, it is important that they use stepladders properly to ensure that they don't get hurt doing so. For instance, the ladder should be rated to handle the weight of anyone who uses it as well as any tools used to complete a project.

National conversations and controversy over workers comp opt-outs

A century ago, Texas started allowing employers to opt out of state-mandates workers’ compensation benefits. In spite of opposition and controversy, it has stood the test of time. In those 100 years, other states have tried to model their worker’ compensation programs after the Lone Star State.

Injured at work? Workers' comp benefits could help

Injuries happen in the workplace all the time. While you think benefits for injuries might be limited to things like broken bones or head injuries, your repetitive stress injury may also be eligible for workers' compensation. Years spend sitting at a desk and typing away on a computer can cause long-term damage to your joints and nerves.

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