The safety hazards at workplaces vary by industry throughout New Jersey, and management and workers share the responsibility for promoting safety. The role of developing a strong safety culture falls on management. Managers who take active steps to identify hazards and reduce workers' exposure to danger promote greater trust throughout an organization. Managers who only speak about safety but do not pursue policies to improve safety inspire disengagement within the workforce.
In New Jersey and across the U.S., workers who use computers, tablets, cellphones and digital screens on a regular basis are at a risk for computer vision syndrome. This includes office workers as well as those in manufacturing and industrial operations. Also known as digital eyestrain, CVS is a form of eye injury recognized by the American Optometric Association. Its symptoms include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and itchy eyes.
Construction employers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are being encouraged to hold fall safety stand-downs in May. During these events, they will cease operations in order to talk about fall hazards in the workplace and how to reduce or prevent them. OSHA and the Center for Construction Research and Training have declared that from May 7 to 11, they will be holding their fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, so this would be a good time for many employers to join in.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into a construction accident that happened in New Jersey. A New Jersey Department of Labor spokesperson says the incident occurred on the site of a shopping mall in Hackensack. Reportedly, a construction worker suffered an on-the-job injury in a 20-foot fall.
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.