Workers in New Jersey may confront an array of hazardous conditions in the workplace, especially when employers fail to abide by federal safety regulations. At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) official presented a top 10 list of the violations most frequently cited by the agency in the past year. The statistics were collected between October 2017 and September 2018; for the most part, they reflected continuing concerns about unsafe environments that put workers at risk.
Consumers in New Jersey enjoy the convenience of ordering merchandise online at Amazon, but they are insulated from the reportedly difficult working conditions endured by employees at Amazon warehouses. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has placed the online retail giant on its "dirty dozen" list of the most dangerous workplaces in the country.
The following are 11 basic safety rules that chemical handlers in New Jersey will want to see incorporated into their workplace and follow. They are all top priorities, so no particular order is given. The first rule is for workers to follow all established practices and go about their duties as they were trained to do. The second rule is to be cautious and anticipate any hazards before working.
New Jersey readers may be surprised to learn that transportation mishaps and crashes killed more U.S. workers than any other type of job-related accident in 2016. Meanwhile, workplace violence leapfrogged slips, trips and falls to become the second leading cause of job-related fatalities that year.
Connected technology created by the Internet of Things has emerged as an important tool to help workers prevent injuries or get help when accidents happen. Many workers in New Jersey operate alone, and small wearable tags, such as a Wearsafe tag, can give workers an easy one-touch way to contact an employer or emergency contact if they feel threatened or get hurt. A device like this can provide a person's location and allow for group chat.
Business owners in New Jersey, especially those faced with fast-paced work environments, probably know how easy it can be to become nonchalant about the risks that lurk behind everyday actions. When inattentiveness is combined with poor safety training and hazard prevention, however, workplace injuries become more common. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in workplaces.
New Jersey residents who work in the construction industry may be interested to know that taking certain proactive steps can improve workplace safety by 670 percent. This is according to the Associated Builders and Contractors.
With more and more people working past traditional retirement age, employers across New Jersey may have to adapt to age diversity in the workforce. Many of these older workers are filling industrial jobs, so it's especially important to provide effective safety training.
With summer coming to a close, many New Jersey residents are looking forward to cooler temperatures. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics reminds some workers that they should still be aware of the dangers of heat exposure while working through the remaining warm weather months.
A New Jersey teenager getting a first job might not receive adequate safety training or supervision, which could increase the risk of workplace accidents. When the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health looked specifically at employees younger than 24, it found that 403 such workers were killed on the job in 2015, and people under age 18 accounted for 24 of the fatalities. An analysis of the period of 1998 to 2007 showed that young workers needed treatment at emergency rooms twice as often as employees age 25 and above.