As the government shut down nears the conclusion of its second day, some people idly dismiss the shuttering of many federal agencies. They believe that these agencies provide nothing of value as they go about their day. Because they have never been injured on the job or filed a workers' compensation claim they think that the closing of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has no impact on their safety.
With summer here, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is again emphasizing the dangers of the summer heat for any workers who are exposed to high heat and humidity. While heat may affect workers in the South, OSHA's heat fatality map indicates at least three workers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have died due to heat stroke in the last four years.
A bill has passed the New Jersey Legislature and could become law pending Governor Chris Christie's signature that would extend workers' compensation benefits to widows or widowers of police and emergency personnel. Given the financial conditions of many municipalities, there is concern on the economic impact such an extension would cause for many of these municipalities