New Jersey workers dealing with tractors and other heavy equipment on the job may face particular risks of injuries. Every year, around 130 farmworkers are killed across the country in accidents involving tractor rollovers. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a guide to educate workers and employers about steps they can take to improve tractor safety on the job. The guide recommends the use of protective structures that can prevent rollovers, including roll bars or cage frames. OSHA says that these items can improve tractor safety overall, especially for people who are operating the equipment.
When an employee is hurt on the job in New Jersey, it is their responsibility to inform a supervisor or someone else with authority. The worker should report the incident either immediately after it happens or as soon as they are able to do so after receiving medical attention. Employers in the Garden State also have a set of responsibilities on their end. First of all, they must notify their insurance carrier immediately after an injured worker reports an incident.
Those who work in the nursing profession in New Jersey often find their work to be rewarding. However, they may also find that there are safety risks involved with doing their jobs. Thankfully, there are steps that nurses can take to stay safe and healthy while on the job.
Injured workers in New Jersey can file a workers' compensation claim and, if successful, receive a guarantee of financial coverage. This can come in the form of medical bill coverage, the restoration of past and future lost wages and death benefits to the family of a fatally injured worker. In return for this coverage, workers or their family must waive the right to sue the employer.
The Department of Labor has issued its semi-annual report from the Office of Inspector General. The report notes that underreporting of occupational injuries and fatalities of laborers in New Jersey and across the United States is an issue. The semi-annual report addressed the top challenges of the Department of Labor. Topping the list was the concern that OSHA needs to increase its efforts of requiring employers to report injuries and occupational fatalities.
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.
New Jersey workers in construction know that their jobs can be dangerous. Since construction workers often operate in incomplete structures and use heavy machinery, the consequences of a workplace accident or injury can be severe. Trenching and excavation projects can pose particular risks, especially those associated with possible cave-ins or collapse. Across the country, there has been an increase in deadly accidents connected to these types of projects. Between 2011 and 2016, 130 workers died on the job while engaged in trenching or excavation work.
Construction employees in New Jersey who work frequently may be aware that OSHA has a National Emphasis Program for trenching and excavation. On Oct. 1, a revised NEP went into effect and initiated a 90-day outreach period for employers across the U.S. who need help complying with OSHA's safety standards. The updates come as a response to the increase in deaths and injuries among trenching and excavation workers.
Employers in New Jersey may know that in 2014, OSHA revised its rules on reporting cases of work-related deaths and serious injuries. Despite the fact that these rules have been in effect since January 2015, the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General has released an audit report showing that there are inadequacies in OSHA's current data as well as a lack of assurance that employers have abated the hazards connected to the incident.