Workers in New Jersey who deal with electricity may face a greater threat of injury on the job. Electrical accidents can be particularly severe, leading to permanent disabilities or even fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates workplaces in order to ensure that employees have a safe environment to perform their jobs. While many OSHA regulations are created in-house, others are developed in collaboration with input from private industry.
Many people take their eyesight for granted, but the workplace is one area where many individuals face risks that could hurt their eyes. More than 700,000 eye injuries happen in American workplaces every year. In other words, more than 2,000 people suffer an eye injury at work every day. New Jersey residents might want to know about the potential hazards their eyes can be exposed to at work.
There are many types of work-related illnesses and injuries that New Jersey workers may sustain while on the job. These illnesses and injuries can have a significant negative impact in various ways.
Wearable technology can boost workplace safety throughout New Jersey and be an especial help to lone workers. This technology includes "smart" personal protective equipment, hard hats and vests with proximity sensors and glasses with heads-up displays. Proximity detection in particular can benefit workers in mines and on construction sites, while other wearables can prevent unsafe contact between humans and machines.
Many New Jersey workers face the threat of carbon monoxide exposure while on the job. The exposure typically comes from equipment such as portable generators and heaters that have been placed in areas with improper ventilation.
More than 70,000 workers each year suffer a shoulder injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those victims may be hardworking New Jersey truck drivers. Landing gear cranking, a common task for truckers, can lead to shoulder ailments. However, research published Oct. 3 in the journal Applied Ergonomics offers cranking techniques that could help truckers stay injury-free while lifting and lowering trailers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its 2018 list of the most frequent workplace safety violations. The list, which covers the fiscal year from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, includes recorded violations from a number of different industry segments in New Jersey and across the country. In the printing industry, the most common violations were hazard communication failures, lockout/tag-out procedure failures and machine guard violations.
Laws creating standards for worker safety were at one time non-existent in the U.S. Beginning in the closing years of the 19th century a handful of states began establishing protections for certain workers in specific industries, and the first federal laws addressing the subject were passed in the early 20th century. But it was not until 1970 that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted with a stated goal of improving workplace safety and health for all workers in New Jersey and across America. Despite OSHA's immersion in every sector of the workplace, some disturbing safety statistics are being reported.
Winter can bring high winds, snow and freezing rain to New Jersey. Many workplaces have to deal with the results by clearing snow and ice from parking lots, sidewalks and roofs. Before employers send workers out to tackle the wintry mess, they have a duty to ensure that staff members understand safety procedures and have appropriate personal protective gear and well-maintained machinery.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding retail employers throughout New Jersey and the rest of the country to be proactive about keeping workers safe during the holidays. The reason for the reminder is because of the flood of customers that can create added stress for both permanent and seasonal employees who routinely stock, pack, deliver and sell various products. This is also the time of year when workers tend to put in extra time on the clock to accommodate extended store hours and increased customer traffic.