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OSHA updates NEP for excavation sites

Many employees in New Jersey work at trench and excavation sites. This type of job presents a significant risk for worker injuries. That's why OSHA has revised its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to encourage local offices to implement safety plans for trenching and excavation work.

OSHA's reporting of work injuries and deaths may be flawed

The Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General has released an audit report that may be of interest to employers in New Jersey. It states that OSHA may be underreporting work-related injuries and deaths by 50 percent or more. Additionally, OSHA is lacking data on whether employers abate a hazard and has no training in place for detecting and identifying underreporting.

Five leading causes of construction worker deaths

The construction industry saw almost 1,000 employee deaths in 2016 according to OSHA. In New Jersey and across the U.S., construction workers are exposed to many hazards, so it is a good idea for them to know what those hazards are and how to mitigate them. Five are summarized below.

Retail workers may face unexpected dangers

Retail workers in New Jersey face a range of dangers when they head into work. While people may think of retail as a relatively safe profession, in 2016, retail workers had a combined rate of illness and injury that exceeded those in the construction industry. When customers head into a retail store, they experience an environment tailored to their comfort, with clear paths, a lack of obstruction and easy access to needed items.

Tips to keep tree workers safe

While there are no OSHA standards as it relates to tree workers, there are guidelines and best practices that employers can take to keep workers safe. For instance, New Jersey tree care companies can develop safety plans and make sure that their employees are trained to avoid hazards. Employers can also monitor workers for symptoms of heat stroke or other health conditions related to working in hot weather.

Training and protective gear essential for workplace safety

Many New Jersey jobs involve the use of heavy machinery. Most of the time when workers suffer injuries from machines, the accidents arose from poor maintenance, inadequate machine guards or improper use. Proactive employers might reduce these problems by keeping equipment in good condition, training employees thoroughly and ensuring that protective gear and guards are present at all times.

Asbestos and its underestimated role in occupational disease

Previous estimates from the World Health Organization and the International Health Organization state that asbestos-related diseases cause 105,000 to 110,000 deaths every year worldwide. New Jersey residents who work around asbestos should know that these are far off the mark. A new study from the International Commission of Occupational Health states that the actual number may be double that of previous estimates.

Heat stress at work raises risks of illness and injury

Many New Jersey residents work in hot environments that place stress on their bodies. Construction workers, farmers, bakery employees and firefighters need to monitor themselves for symptoms and take breaks to prevent their bodies from overheating. Heat stress can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and in some cases it can be fatal.

'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.

Will AVTs replace portable voltmeters?

For more than 10 years, electrical workers in New Jersey have relied on portable voltmeters to help them to identify hot wires so that they can minimize their risks of being injured while they are working. These devices meet the minimum requirements that are established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and have helped save many lives.