Winter weather can pose serious health concerns for workers in New Jersey, especially those with outdoor jobs. Cold weather is often accompanied by ice, snow, cold winds and other conditions that can pose a serious risk to workplace safety. While many people know that working in the heat can lead to heat exhaustion, working in the cold can also lead to hazardous stress on the body. Cold stress includes all of the potential effects of very low temperatures, including numbness, frostbite and hypothermia. Damp air and contact with cold water can exacerbate these symptoms.
Many construction workers in New Jersey routinely work on scaffolds. The safe use of these platforms depend on well-maintained equipment, competent people installing equipment and fall prevention practices. Many worksites, however, fail to observe best practices, and collapses and falls injure and kill many workers. In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 3,900 citations for improper scaffolding practices, making them the third most common category of safety violation.
Workers in New Jersey may face a surprising number of dangerous conditions on the job, especially when employers flout federal safety regulations. At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress, a deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laid out a top 10 list of the major safety violations uncovered by the agency during the previous year. The statistics reflected the period from October 2017 through September 2018. In many cases, the violations reflected a consistent pattern recurring repeatedly over the years.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the industries and occupations that leave workers with a high risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. New Jersey residents should know that although the report focuses on data from the California Department of Public Health, the results have a wide-ranging application.
There are many employers and employees in New Jersey who do not give foot safety much thought. This is a mistake. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 53,000 foot injuries a year in the U.S. that lead to missed work days. Those who stand for long hours or who lift and move heavy objects are at an especially high risk for foot injuries. The following are a few factors that negatively affect foot safety.
All employees in New Jersey who handle hazardous chemicals will want to keep these 11 safety rules in mind as they are basic and can apply to most workplaces. They are in no particular order, but the first rule is the most obvious: Workers should follow the established procedures and work as they were trained to do. Workers will want to be cautious and identify hazards before they start any task.
In fast-paced businesses, it can be easy for some New Jersey employers to overlook safety, especially if there are numerous project deadlines and other time constraints. However, failing to regularly enforce rules can result in serious or even fatal injuries. Not only can these workplace accidents potentially cause employees to be unable to work for a certain period of time, it can also negatively impact production time.
The number of construction workers killed in job-related accidents in New Jersey and around the country increased by a worrying 26 percent between 2011 and 2015 according to figures from the Center for Construction Research and Training. However, the latest Safety Performance Report from the Associated Builders and Contractors suggests that construction site safety could be increased by as much as 670 percent and reportable safety incidents could be reduced by up to 85 percent if the group's Safety Performance Evaluation Process were adopted industry-wide.