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Ways to encourage a safer work environment

Many business owners in New Jersey might not be aware that their workers are being put at risk because of a lack of safety guidelines. A fast-paced work environment and looming deadlines can even make some employers nonchalant about their workers' safety. When workers sense this, it can lead to low morale, high turnover rates and low productivity.

Auto body shops and workplace safety violations

People in New Jersey who work in auto body shops should be aware that hazard communication and respiratory protection are the two main reasons the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue citations to their facilities. Respiratory protection and hazard communication were to the two most frequently cited violations from October 2016 to September 2017.

Safety risks abound on construction sites

The construction industry is an incredibly important industry, but just because it is vital, vibrant and financially successful does not mean it is without it's faults. The most prominent of these faults is the safety of workers in the construction industry. It may be an inherent part of the construction process, but nonetheless, the people who work on construction sites are almost always in a dangerous situation -- even when nothing goes wrong.

OSHA says employer negligence to blame for fatality

In a recent release, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration director says construction workers can only be protected from severe or fatal workplace injuries when employers establish and follow effective safety protocols. They must then maintain them by providing adequate training. The agency referred to a fatal construction accident last August, blaming employer negligence for the incident. The accident occurred at a construction site of a New Jersey-based company in a neighboring state.

Unsafe working environment: Worker dies in confined space

Employers in all industries in New Jersey must comply with the regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers. One section of safety rules covers confined spaces, which are dangerous areas with limited space to enter and exit and could pose asphyxiation hazards due to potentially toxic fume presence or a lack of oxygen. Nobody may enter this type of unsafe working environment without a special permit, and when they do, special safety precautions must be in place.

New Jersey man electrocuted in industrial accident

Business owners are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, regardless of the industry in which they operate. Some dangers, such as electrical hazards exist in all industries, and employers must provide the necessary safety training to prevent employees from receiving electrical shocks. One such an industrial accident recently claimed the life of a New Jersey man.

OSHA Investigation launched after fatal fall from roof

An employee lost his life in a recent workplace accident in New Jersey. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident. Compliance officers will study the circumstances that led to the fatality and determine the company's level of compliance with safety regulations.

Work accident claims life of sanitation worker

Employees of sanitation companies have to cope with unique hazards in their industry. As in any other occupation in New Jersey, employers must ensure that workers are aware of the dangers of their jobs, and they must provide frequent safety training to prevent complacency. This might have played a role in a work accident involving a garbage truck that recently claimed the life of an employee.

Recycler fined with $25,000 for negligent operating of machinery

Business owners in New Jersey are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. One of their responsibilities is to ensure only qualified personnel operate equipment such as forklifts. Negligent operating of machinery can cause catastrophic injuries or death in the blink of an eye.

Chances of surviving a trench collapse are slim

Whenever a cut, impression or trench is formed in the surface of the earth by using excavation equipment, lives will be at risk. There is little chance of surviving a trench collapse, and New Jersey employers must comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations to protect employees. Any excavation of which the depth exceeds a specified width classifies as a trench that is subject to specific safety rules.

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