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Sustainable companies need standardized injury reporting

New Jersey employees who work for companies on the list of Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations may not necessarily have strong regulations around reporting safety and health issues in their workplaces. According to a report from the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, in comparison to a study done in 2013, there has not been much improvement on reporting in these organizations.

Fatal trench accidents increased in 2016

New Jersey construction workers should be aware that deadly trench accidents around the country more than doubled in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is especially troubling because construction contractors can prevent trench collapses and other trench-related accidents by following established safety procedures.

Protective head gear used by construction workers

One of the major risks that New Jersey construction workers face is a potentially fatal traumatic brain injury caused by a fall or a falling object. They are required to wear special protective gear when they are working in areas that have these risks. However, some construction firms are looking to improve construction worker head protective gear to reduce the number of fatal traumatic brain injuries even further.

New Jersey teens with summer jobs may face injury dangers

Teenagers who work during the summer get exposure to more than just adult responsibilities. They also run the risk of adult dangers like getting hurt on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that many young workers are in harm's way due to circumstances like poor supervision, subpar safety training and equipment that isn't safe.

Nuclear safety questioned at major laboratory

New Jersey workers might be keeping their eyes on troubling reports of safety lapses at a major United States nuclear facility. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the atomic bomb, has had a number of safety lapses and concerning incidents over a period of years.

Some dental practices failing to plan for bloodborne exposure

Some people who work in New Jersey dental offices might be vulnerable to exposure to bloodborne pathogens according to a survey by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. The survey collected answers from more than 1,000 dental hygienists, dentists and staff at private dental practices around the country regarding protocol around bloodborne pathogens.

What injured workers should know after being hurt

Workers in New Jersey and elsewhere around the country have the right to the proper training and equipment for safely carrying out their jobs. Employers are generally obligated to take other reasonable steps to ensure worker safety on the job. Despite these efforts, workers still get in accidents that sometimes cause injuries. In some cases, it may not be possible to prove who was at fault.

Poultry workers among most likely to get hurt

New Jersey residents may be interested to hear that chicken and poultry processing workers are among the most likely to suffer a severe injury on the job. This is according to a report from the National Employment Law Project. The report was based on severe injury data reported to OSHA between January 2015 and September 2016. Overall, poultry processing workers suffered 180 severe injuries during this period, which ranked 12th in employer severe injury reporting.