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March 2018 Archives

OSHA wants to keep trench workers safe

New Jersey construction workers will be at a lower risk of getting hurt in a trench accident if OSHA has its way. It says that it wants to make reducing such accidents among its priorities in 2018. This will be done by educating both workers and employers about ways to prevent cave-ins as well as increase awareness of the risks that come when trenching.

How workers can protect their eyes

Workers in New Jersey, especially those in the construction, manufacturing, and mining industries, know how important eye safety is. Every year, more than 20,000 workers suffer an eye injury, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with over 40 percent of the most serious injuries occurring in the industries mentioned above. Eye injuries cost companies more than $300 million annually in delays, workers' compensation benefits, and medical care.

Beryllium standard enforcement pushed back to May

New Jersey employers may know that OSHA's new beryllium standard will not take effect until May 11. The reason for the delay is that negotiations are still occurring to settle lawsuits related to the rule. For those in the shipyard and construction industries, enforcement of the .2 micrograms per cubic meter of air per eight hours standard will not be enforced until May. The same is true with the 2 microgram limit per 15-minute sample period.

Soft tissue damage can bring pain after car crashes

Drivers in New Jersey who have been victims of a car crash may experience lingering pain and ongoing problems due to the soft tissue injuries that frequently accompany motor vehicle accidents. This type of injury is distinguished from a hard tissue injury because rather than affecting bone or cartilage, these affect softer body parts like ligaments, tendons and muscles. There are a number of signs and symptoms that can point to soft tissue damage after an auto accident, including sprains, tears and other pains and injuries.