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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.

Overexertion a leading cause of workplace injuries

Workplace injury data show that workers in New Jersey and across the country sometimes push themselves too far. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders caused by overexertion represented 32 percent of all reported injuries and illnesses in 2014 among employees nationwide.

Older workers suffer more severe injuries than younger workers

New Jersey employees may be interested to learn that the number of older workers who remain on the job has been increasing over the last few years. While older workers bring experience into the workplace, they also increase the risk of injuries and fatalities that can occur.

Importance of noise protection in construction jobs

Many New Jersey workers are employed in the construction industry. Due to constant exposure to noise at construction sites, some of them will suffer permanent and irreversible hearing loss. While this hearing loss may be prevented, it cannot be cured once it occurs.

What action can I take if my workers' compensation claim is denied?

In the event an individual suffers an injury while at work or while performing work-related duties, he or she is entitled to receive worker's compensation. Worker's compensation benefits cover the financial costs associated with medical care and lost wages that result from a work injury.

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