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'Dirty Dozen' list of safety offenders shows a troubling trend

Both employers and employees in New Jersey will want to know about the "Dirty Dozen" list of workplace safety offenders assembled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. While the list does not give very specific details, it still reveals a troubling tendency found among so many employers today.

Among the more well-known names, National COSH singles out Tesla and Amazon. The former has misidentified worker injuries as personal medical cases, apparently to reduce its incident rate. For this reason, the automaker is being investigated by the California division of OSHA. Tesla already has an incident rate that's 31 percent higher than the industry average. Amazon is being blamed for indifference to the seven worker deaths that have occurred in its warehouses since 2013.

Case Farms, a poultry farming and processing company, was listed because of the startling number of OSHA violations it has received -- 74 per 1,000 employees. This rate is four times higher than that of any other poultry firm. Another company, Waste Management, has been cited 60 times by OSHA. The unfortunate tendency is that these and so many other companies are disregarding the violations and continuing to place employees at risk.

Even when employers address safety hazards and provide adequate training, workers can be injured through their own or a co-worker's negligence. In such cases, the employer is not to blame, so the victim will be filing a workers' compensation claim in order to be reimbursed. This will waive the victim's right to sue the employer for the same injury. Victims could benefit from legal assistance, especially in the event that a claim is denied.

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