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Construction workers' top five safety hazards

New Jersey construction workers know that they must be alert for on-the-job dangers at all times. There are five major hazards in construction work, but most accidents and deaths are preventable with knowledge, proper equipment and strict adherence to safety guidelines.

Avoiding pinch point accidents

OSHA has addressed the topic of pinch point protection in its standards for general industries as well as agriculture, marine terminals, longshoring and construction. New Jersey residents who work around machinery should be familiar with pinch points and what OSHA has to say about them. Pinch points are areas in machinery where workers can get caught: between two moving parts, a moving and a stationary part, or a part and a material.

The 10 most hazardous jobs in America

Employers and employees alike in New Jersey should be familiar with the results of the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which was published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics back in late 2017. Time Magazine has published an article that ranks the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America based on this data.

OSHA and ISEA to work together to improve workplace safety

New Jersey employers and employees may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the International Safety Equipment Association made a formal agreement to improve workplace safety across the county on June 21. The alliance between the two will last for two years.

Avoiding accidents on the job

Workers in New Jersey can face a wide array of unexpected dangers on the job, whether they work in an industry known for workplace safety concerns like construction or in a less physically demanding job in an office. Slip-and-fall accidents are responsible for a number of workplace injuries and even fatalities. In 2014 alone, 660 workers lost their lives after they fell from a height, while another 138 were killed when they fell at the same level.

Insect-borne diseases on the rise, CDC says

Diseases transmitted through the bites of germ-carrying mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are on the rise according to a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in May. The number of cases involving these diseases has more than tripled from 2004 to 2016. Between those two years, there were over 640,000 cases of Zika fever, dengue fever, plague, Lyme disease and other domestic diseases. Outdoor workers in New Jersey should especially take note.

Trenches and excavations can be dangerous for workers

Construction site accidents can be a major source of workplace injuries for workers in New Jersey. One particular source of an increasing number of serious injuries and even fatalities is work in trenches and excavations. These underground cuts and caverns can involve removing tons of earth in order to create passageways for the laying of building foundations, creating piping or electrical lines and other important construction tasks. However, due to the sheer weight of earth removed and the subsequent risk of cave-ins, collapses, falls and other accidents, trenches and excavations can be dangerous places for workers.

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