Flaggers in New Jersey and throughout the country can be at high risk for getting hurt or killed on the job. In 2017, 132 flaggers were killed in traffic crashes that occurred in work zones. However, there are things that these workers can do to minimize the chances of a serious accident taking place. For instance, it is a good idea to wear clothing that's highly visible both during the day and at night.
There are five safety hazards that construction workers and employers in New Jersey need to look out for during summer. Some of these are linked to one another. The most prominent danger is fatigue from the heat. Fatigued employees will make poor judgments, have slow reactions and feel less motivated to work. This is where plenty of liquids and mandatory breaks in shady areas are vital.
Workers in New Jersey may be at a higher risk of injury if they work long hours or aren't properly trained. This has been found to be true as it relates to accidents involving mine workers. A study from the University of Illinois at Chicago analyzed roughly 546,000 mine injury reports from 1983 to 2015. The study found that 9.6% of injured miners in that time period had worked nine or more hours on the day that they were injured.
New Jersey residents who work in construction are likely interested in ways that AI is making construction safer. The statistics on construction safety are clear. Construction is one of the most dangerous fields to work in; it is estimated that every single day, 14 construction workers die on the job. Construction workers are five times more likely to die on the job as other workers, so it's understandable that site managers are interested in getting any help that they can in making the work site safer.
From 2014 to 2018, Tesla's auto production facility in Fremont, California, was issued a total of 54 OSHA violations: three times more than all the top 10 auto plants in the U.S. combined. During those five years, Nissan was issued the second-highest number of violations, which was five. Following it are Toyota and Ford with four violations each. This trend may be important for those in New Jersey who are anticipating Tesla's self-driving cars.
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.