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How warehouse management can help reduce workplace hazards

New Jersey warehouse employees may encounter many different types of hazards throughout their workday. In fact, warehouse injuries and deaths are higher than average when numbers are compared between industries. However, there are many steps that warehouse management can take to help protect their workers.

Some workers are more likely to die on the job

Some workers in New Jersey may face a higher risk of experiencing deadly accidents on the job. In 2016, 5,190 workers lost their lives at work, an increase from 4,836 the previous year. These statistics came in an April report released by the AFL-CIO, the national trade union federation. However, those numbers do not reflect the true costs of hazards on the job; roughly 10 times as many workers also died in 2016 from occupational diseases, often caused by exposure to toxic chemicals or dangerous minerals.

Back, neck pain not uncommon for radiologists

According to a survey from the American College of Radiology, one-third of radiologists in New Jersey and elsewhere complain of lower back pain. The survey conducted by the ACR's Human Resources Commission gathered data by polling 500 practice leaders throughout America. Today, radiologists are being asked to spend long periods of time on computers in uncomfortable positions.

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.

Survey reveals lack of workplace safety preparedness

The software company Rave Mobile Safety recently published a "Workplace Safety and Preparedness" survey involving 530 employees of different ages and in various backgrounds. Both employees and employers in New Jersey may be interested that the results reveal several issues, some due to the growing generation gap.

Cold stress a major hazard for outdoor workers

As cold environments lower skin and internal temperatures, they make a person more susceptible to a condition known as cold stress. Cold stress occurs when the body can no longer produce heat to counteract the heat loss, and it leads to serious injuries and even death. Outdoor workers in New Jersey will want to know more about this.

New guidelines could make EMS work safer

New Jersey residents generally understand that it can be dangerous to work when tired. This is why the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh are teaming up to lower EMS worker fatigue. Research into the matter found that more than 50 percent of EMS workers get less than six hours of sleep per day. It was also discovered that these workers feel fatigued at work and have trouble recovering between shifts.

Study says workplace safety agencies need to work together

Workers and employers in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. should play a more prominent role when new workplace safety regulations are being considered, according to a recent study from three federal agencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Bureau of Labor Statistics released their report after a yearlong study of American workplaces and the role government plays in keeping them safe.