A safety-minded culture is essential for business owners in New Jersey as anywhere else in the U.S. Workplace injuries are still all too common. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that more than 2,000 workers incur eye injuries every day. With these injuries come increased workers' compensation costs, higher medical expenses and higher turnover rates. Employee morale will plummet as will productivity.
New Jersey residents who work in collision repair facilities are at the most risk from respiratory protection and hazard communications. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the two standards that were most frequently cited from October 2016 to September 2017 were respiratory protection and hazard communication.
Employers in New Jersey, regardless of the industry they specialize in, will want to make sure their workers are protected from pinch points. These are points in machinery where it's possible for workers to get caught: they could be between two moving parts, between a moving part and a stationary part, or between a material and some part of the machine. Many workers are injured by having fingers, feet, loose clothing, and hair caught in these pinch points.
Eye safety can be a major concern for workers in construction, mining and other New Jersey industries that pose a risk of exposure to dangerous materials. However, eye protection and safety can also be important for workers behind a desk in an office. Since injuries that affect vision can be particularly expensive and personally devastating, it should be a priority to protect eye safety in the workplace.
Residents of New Jersey should know about the dangers of working outdoors during the winter. Among the most common conditions that outdoor workers suffer from is cold stress. This occurs when the skin temperature and, eventually, internal temperature drops to the point that the body can no longer warm itself. Cold stress can lead to permanent tissue damage and even death.
Working women in New Jersey may have a higher chance of sustaining an injury on the job if they suffer from anxiety, fatigue or depression. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health's Center for Health. The study also found that while men had an increased risk of being injured at work, only the women's risk of workplace injury was impacted by mental health factors.
Winter in New Jersey brings with it the task of shoveling or removing snow, which for some people is part of their job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers and workers about the potential dangers of snow removal and offers tips on how to stay safe while doing this type of work.
More and more companies are recognizing the benefits of robotics. However, modern robots are nothing like the industrial, professional service robot General Motors installed in their New Jersey plant in the early 1960s. While that monstrous machine was caged to protect workers from contact that could cause injuries, modern robots work alongside human employees. Hopefully, this practice will lead to fewer workers' compensation claims and not more.
Employees in industrial facilities will always be exposed to equipment hazards if their employers fail to provide the required safe guards and lockout/tag-out devices as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Too many lives and limbs are lost nationwide, including in New Jersey, in workplace accidents that result from safety violations. The family of a 46-year-old man will likely seek survivor's benefits from the workers' compensation insurance system after his recent death in an industrial accident.
In New Jersey and elsewhere, construction-related scaffolding accidents are fairly common. As this is a known issue, companies are supposed to make sure scaffolding structures are safe for their employees to use by following the building guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and accidents occur. When they do, injured employees may file workers' compensation claims in order to have their medical care and certain financial losses covered.