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January 2016 Archives

Fatigue-related crashes top 2016 NTSB list

Fatigue leads to serious car crashes every year in New Jersey. The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a "Most Wanted" list regarding safety improvements for 2016. Preventing fatigue-related crashes is listed as a top concern along with several new concerns and return concerns from 2015.

Liberty Mutual names overexertion top cause of workplace injury

Workers in New Jersey may be interested in recent findings about workplace injuries and their causes. According to Liberty Mutual, the number one cause of disabling workplace injury is overexertion involving outside sources. Same-level falls, lower level falls and being struck by equipment or objects were also included in the top five causes of disabling injury in Liberty Mutual's 2016 Workplace Safety Index.

Legal aid for domestic violence victims

When New Jersey women suffer abuse in their home, people think that a women's shelter will give them a way to escape. Although shelters provide an important service for domestic violence victims, access to legal support allows people to establish new lives free of abuse more effectively than any other form of assistance.

Upper Big Branch mine disaster inspires better focus on safety

Miners in New Jersey could be benefiting from more inspections by regulators. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced a substantial reduction in miner deaths between 2014 and 2015. Following the deadly accident in the Upper Big Branch mine operated by Massey Energy in 2010, the administration began focusing its efforts on mines with poor safety records.

On-demand workers may become protected under law

Starting in 2016, New Jersey companies who hire independent contractors may begin to treat them as traditional employees. With apps and internet-based companies becoming more prominent, a flexible and cheap labor force has become available. However, these workers are often not provided certain benefits such as workers' compensation and social security.

Understanding how workers' compensation matters work

When New Jersey employees are injured on the job, it is important for them to understand how workers' compensation claims are commonly handled by insurance carriers and employers from the start. Both employers and their insurance companies often work to reduce the amounts they will be forced to pay.