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Severe and fatal workplace injuries underreported by OSHA

The Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General released an audit report in September stating that OSHA has not been doing enough to keep track of serious and fatal workplace injuries. This is despite the fact that the safety organization had made changes to its injury and illness recordkeeping rule, which went into effect in January 2015. Employees and employers in New Jersey will want to know more about the report and how OSHA has responded.

Why construction work can be dangerous

Those who are on a construction site in New Jersey or anywhere else may face a variety of hazards on the job. For instance, they could be put in danger in the event of a trench collapse. To mitigate this hazard, a qualified person can inspect it while employers mark any utilities that may be encountered in the trench. Furthermore, trenches should be supported to help keep employees safe while working in them.

Pinch points and how to protect against them

New Jersey residents who work around machinery may already know what pinch points are. These refer to any point in machinery where workers can get caught, and they can include the space between two moving parts, between a moving and a stationary part, or between a part and some material. Any machinery with gears, rollers, belt drives or pulleys will have pinch points.

Tree care worker safety

Tree care workers in New Jersey may be interested to learn of recommendations made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding their safety. Tree care operations are considered one of the most dangerous operations in the United States. Based on information from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, while workers who perform landscape services form less than 1 percent of the nation's workforce, they make up 3.5 percent of the total number of workplace fatalities. They also constitute 75 percent of the fatalities associated with tree trimming or removal.

How to safely handle hazardous materials

New Jersey residents who work around hazardous materials can consider the following 11 safety rules. They are arranged in no particular order, but employers can apply them according to what their workplace is like and what hazards their employees face, adding any of their own. The first rule is that workers should perform all duties just as they have been trained to do. The second rule is to be cautious and think of what can go wrong.

Groups seek federal heat standard from OSHA

Workers employed in New Jersey might be interested in petitions filed with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration seeking standards for dealing with heat stress. Along with a report published by Public Citizen, petitions have been filed with OSHA by 130 groups in an effort to move the agency to establish excessive heat rules for U.S. workplaces. Any such rules would represent the first federal standard aimed at protecting outdoor and indoor workers from exposure to excessive heat in the workplace.

Carpal tunnel and amputations common among meat plant workers

Any job in New Jersey could be the scene of a workplace accident, but beef and pork processing plants have a much higher likelihood of producing injured workers. Meat processing workers frequently experience chronic problems caused by repetitive motions, like carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries can lead to permanent disability. One plant worker reported that every co-worker he knew had been injured. He protested a proposal among regulators that would allow employers to increase the speeds of their production lines.

New research increases understanding of work-related heat risks

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn't officially have regulations about heat stress, it's still something that can affect workers in New Jersey. That's why the agency has been making an effort to spread the word about the risks of working in conditions with excessive heat. The goal is to encourage employers to implement proactive measures to improve safety and minimize health and safety risks.

Preventing falls and workplace injuries

Workers in New Jersey can face an array of on-the-job dangers, including hazards that lead to slip-and-fall accidents. While many might expect these to be minor incidents, falls can lead to severe injuries and even fatalities. This is true both for construction workers dealing with significant heights and office workers going through their regular daily routines. In 2014, 660 workers lost their lives in the United States after falling from heights; in addition, another 138 workers were killed from same-level falls.

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