New Jersey residents who work in chemical manufacturing plants are routinely exposed to dangerous chemicals that can cause grave injuries or death. They are also at risk of falls. Both the workers and their employers should be aware of the common injuries that take place in chemical plants, why they occur and how to prevent them.
For decades, worker safety advocates and unions have urged the federal government to create safety standards for construction workers in New Jersey and around the country who work with materials like sand and granite that contain silica. The inhalation of silica dust can lead to chronic lung problems and even lung cancer. Workplace safety regulations established by the Obama administration included protections from silica hazards, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that the new rules would be delayed by three months.
Many businesses across the United States use chains to guard ladder openings, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new rule requiring they be protected by self-closing gates. New Jersey employers should assess their workplaces to make sure they are in compliance with this regulation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.