Winter weather means different safety standards apply to workers. In New Jersey, employers have a duty to protect employees from serious hazards at work, such as cold weather, ice, wind, snow and other winter conditions. Workplace safety is regulated at the federal level by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which publishes regulations that apply to safe outdoor work in the winter.
Many people in New Jersey labor as temporary workers who are sent to third-party host employers by staffing agencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration assigns responsibility for workplace safety to both staffing agencies and host employers. Both parties have a duty to inform workers of hazards, train them appropriately and keep records. The two parties are guided by the concept that each entity should focus on the hazards of which it has control and can correct.
Most of us who drive have to do so in every season, as much as we would sometimes rather put life on hold and watch a graceful snowfall, or head out with the kids on a snow day to go sledding, instead of having to schlep to work.
In September, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its Brake Safety Week inspection blitz in New Jersey and across North America. The alliance reports that inspectors ended up pulling just over 14 percent of inspected trucks from service during the initiative.
Studies show that traffic accident risks increase by 16 percent during the early morning and afternoon hours in New Jersey and across the United States. This spike occurs because of the bright sunlight that can cause visual illusions during the sunrise and sunset. Taking steps to drive safely during these times can help to keep pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers safe.
There are many reasons why nurses have difficult jobs. Besides having to be emotionally supportive of patients, they also have to be physically present and supportive in a visceral way. They work long hours, and they may not get all the breaks they deserve.