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Using computer analysis to reduce workplace injuries

When people engage in the same types of motions repeatedly, they may develop musculoskeletal injuries. New Jersey workers in the manufacturing industry are at risk for developing repetitive stress injuries, and the most common are tendonitis in their arms, shoulders and wrists as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. The best methods of preventing injury are to have experts watch the movements of workers and determine if they may lead to problems later on.

How New Jersey employers can improve workplace safety

As a company grows, it is critical that ownership and top management ensure that employees stay safe while working as efficiently as possible. First, it is a good idea to assess any and all possible ways that an employee or another individual could get physically injured. For instance, extra precautions may need to be taken to protect a business traveler or to reduce the odds of a slip-and-fall accident from occurring.

Tips for safely administering multiple medications

Many New Jersey residents who take multiple doses of various types of medications daily or who give them to someone else understand how complicated this can be. In fact, thousands of people are harmed each year because they took their medications incorrectly or skipped them altogether.

Federal safety violation fines to increase on Aug. 1

Employers in New Jersey and around the county that violate the federal government's occupational health and safety laws will face far steeper fines after Aug. 1. The hike marks the first time that these fines have been increased in more than 20 years, and they will go up by more than 75 percent to account for inflation since 1990. The fines will now be adjusted annually according to the rate of inflation. The maximum fine for a single violation will increase from $7,000 to $12,471, and persistent violators could be fined as much as $124,709 for each violation.

OSHA reminds welders of smoke and fume dangers

Fire may be the primary safety concern of welders in New Jersey workplaces, but dangers posed by the smoke and fumes associated with both fusion and pressure welding should not be overlooked. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out that welding fumes often contain toxic gases such as hydrogen fluoride and carbon monoxide as well as traces of metals like lead, beryllium and arsenic.

Workplace hazards and tips for nursing professionals

Health care workers in New Jersey contribute greatly to the needs of the state's residents. However, this industry can be particularly hazardous, especially for those in nursing positions who work directly with patients. OSHA reported more than 250,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in hospital settings for 2011. Nurses working in emergency rooms face particularly high risks. Statistics suggest that more than 12 percent of these workers face workplace violence in an average work week. Mental health nurses are at even bigger risk of facing violent situations at work.

Facts regarding high-risk occupations

From engineers and pilots to roofers and farmers, many people in New Jersey and across the country are killed in a workplace accident. According to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during 2014, almost 5,000 fatal work injuries occurred around the country.

Traumatic brain injury in the construction industry

While fatalities from traumatic brain injuries in the construction industry decreased between 2003 and 2010, both fatal and non-fatal TBIs continue to be a problem. Construction sites still result in more TBIs than any other U.S. workplace. However, safety standards and practice are improving for workers in New Jersey and throughout the United States.

Sleep apnea aggravates risk of workplace injuries

People who feel tired every day at their New Jersey jobs could have an underlying sleep disorder to blame for their fatigue. They also might face an increased chance of a workplace accident or injury. Researchers who counted incidents of workplace injuries among patients diagnosed with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, found that those people experienced twice the number of on-the-job injuries as those patients with other sleep disorders.

Tower crane inspections mirror airplane safety checks

Major construction projects in New Jersey often involve the use of tower cranes. These massive pieces of machinery lift and move heavy material loads. When they fail, the accidents often turn deadly for both workers and bystanders. Although the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration only requires an annual inspection, most crane operators inspect their equipment every day.

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