Snow is a known safety hazard, and after the record snowfalls in the Northeast, safety authorities urged employers to take special care in protecting employees in New Jersey and surrounding states. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked everybody involved in cleanup and removal of snow to remain focused on safety and to take the necessary precautions to prevent workers' injuries. There are many known hazards linked to snow removal activities.
Construction workers in New Jersey typically face a host of hazards during any workday, and each task has its own risks. Employers must ensure that workers are aware of any potential dangers and how to prevent injuries. Furthermore, their safety training must include the steps to take in the event of an emergency. When a construction worker recently suffered a life-threatening leg injury, it was a responding police officer who carried out first aid that might have saved the worker's life.
Warehouse workers in New Jersey all face similar hazards along with those unique to the facilities in which they work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 20 percent of warehouse workers nationwide suffered workers' injuries in 2015, and a significant portion of those led to days off work. Safety advocates suggest employers create safety cultures in which employees are equipped with appropriate clothing and protective equipment and open communications to report and address safety concerns.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new rule to limit exposure to respirable crystalline silica became effective in New Jersey and across the country on Sept. 23, but there is significant resistance to it. Some groups have resorted to the courts to call on the presidential administration to stop application of the rules that are claimed to cause financial ruin for some companies, despite the fact that prevention of silicosis will save millions of dollars in medical expenses. However, OSHA says the agency will assist businesses that show a willingness to comply.
Although certain industries are more dangerous than others, head injuries can occur in any workplace. A New Jersey office worker can slip or trip and knock his or her head against the floor, or a steel bar can hit a construction worker's head. The Brain Injury Institute says one in five occupational traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls in the workplace, from slipping on spilled coffee to tripping on uneven walkways and falling from heights.
Some injuries are obvious from the moment an accident takes place at your New Jersey job. A broken bone, head trauma or burn may send you or your co-worker to the emergency department immediately. At Parisi & Gerlanc, Attorneys at Law, we understand that not all workplace injuries are instantly visible at the moment of the incident, and some even develop slowly, making them difficult to identify. We often support workers who suffer soft tissue damage on the job.
It is natural to make plans for the things you want to do when you get off work in Bergen. However, a workplace injury could upset more than one evening’s activities, especially if your back is affected. At Parisi & Gerlanc, our team often answers questions about spinal injuries for those who have been hurt on the job.
People who work to produce life-saving medications may enjoy job satisfaction that is not common to other fields. As Choose: New Jersey points out, because the state is known for its significant contributions to the biopharmaceutical industry, thousands of residents are part of the process of developing and manufacturing these drugs. In fact, there are over 400 biotechnology companies in the state, employing more than 116,000 workers.
People in New Jersey may be aware of the discomfort that comes from sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day. Even with an ergonomic computer keyboard and desk chair, an office worker may be at risk for injuries and long-term complications if other factors are not considered and compensated for. According to the Washington Post, a person who sits all day has a higher chance of heart disease, muscle and bone disorders, poor brain function and some types of cancer, in addition to spinal damage.
Even the most seemingly benign workplace in Bergen County may put a worker in harm’s way. Whether someone lifts heavy loads or sits at a desk, for example, the spine is at risk for serious issues. The U.S. Department of Labor gathers the statistics for all workplace-related illnesses and injuries via an employer reporting system. By taking a look at the most recent numbers for New Jersey, researchers can analyze the safety of various industries, and develop improvements to prevent further harm.