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Sprains and strains remain a problem for the construction sector

Stricter safety regulations, more effective worker training and better tools and equipment have made construction sites in New Jersey and around the country far safer in recent years. However, the number of musculoskeletal injuries suffered at these workplaces is still a major problem, according to research from the Center for Construction Research. After studying workplace injury data collected from 1992 and 2014, researchers determined that construction workers are more likely to suffer a strain or sprain than workers in all other industrial sectors combined.

About delinquent child support

New Jersey non-custodial parents who fail to make a child support payment will always have the obligation to make it. This will remain true even when the child for which the payment was intended becomes an adult. If a parent is late in making a payment, he or she is in arrears. Even after a child reaches the age of 18 years old, the legal orders for the payments that were due are still enforceable.

The riskiest places to walk

Each day, an average of 13 people in the United States are killed while walking. In 2014, being hit by a vehicle caused the deaths of 4,884 pedestrians. Pedestrians in New Jersey may be interested in learning about where in the nation the most dangerous places to go for a walk are located.

Putting children's needs first in a New Jersey divorce

In most cases, divorced parents must set aside their personal feelings about each other and behave in ways that are in the best interests of their children. This might mean having to take them at their word when they make what seem like poor choices or disrupt a schedule. Parents should also avoid venting their frustrations about each other in front of their children. While it is important that parents take care of themselves so that they are able to continue to parent effectively, they must not do so at the expense of the children. Parents who need additional support may want to turn to friends or a therapist.

OSHA proposes changes to hearing loss rules

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn about a recent OSHA proposal regarding hearing loss on the job. This proposal would clarify that hearing loss must be considered work-related if work played a role in contributing to it. This would be true even if work wasn't a substantial contributor to the hearing loss. The revision is one of 18 proposed as part of OHSA's Standard Improvements Project-Phase IV.

How employers can help prevent suspension trauma

For New Jersey employees who are required to work at great heights, having fall arrest personal safety equipment in place is crucial to keeping them safe in the event of a fall. However, this equipment poses some risks. In some cases, employees may be at risk of suffering from suspension trauma if they are suspended in the full-body harness for a long period of time.

NHTSA proposes systems that would prevent cell phone use

New Jersey roadways might become safer if some new proposed recommendations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are implemented. The proposals are not mandatory, but they could help to reduce the risk of accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by their cell phones.

The most dangerous jobs for American men

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that the number of fatal injuries for civilian workers increased in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most dangerous jobs were spread over 10 particular industries, and most of the jobs were performed by men.

Reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, are very common in workers employed in mass production and manufacturing industries in New Jersey and around the country. To help reduce the risk of developing these conditions, experts rate the risk of injury on a 0 to 10 scale. However, this method is very subjective and leaves a lot of room for improvement.